University of Scranton MHA Alumni Society
Welcome to The University of Scranton's
Master of Health Administration Fall 2019 Newsletter
Study Abroad Trip: Slovakia
At the end of September, four MHA students traveled to The Slovak Republic for an educational trip on European Health Systems. Dr. Dan West and Dr. Steve Sydlowski led the trip, hosted by Dr. Vladimir Krcmery. Students had the opportunity to present research to multiple audiences at St.Elizabeth University. Students had the privilege of touring Misericordia Hospital, attending academic presentations, meeting the State Secretary of The Ministry of Health, and touring other healthcare facilities. They also toured historical sites in five countries.

-Elizabeth Dennis MHA '20
Case Competitions
Medical University of South Carolina

On October 17 th & 18 th , a team of four undergraduate students had the opportunity to travel to Charleston, South Carolina to compete in the first-ever National Undergraduate Case Competition for Health Administration Programs. This noteworthy event was hosted by the MHA Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Health Professions. Teams of undergraduate students and faculty coaches from 15 colleges and universities across the nation participated in the competition. The University of Scranton team was comprised of four seniors: Joseph DiBenedetto, Christian Bahara, Phuong Nguyen and Marissa Lembo and was accompanied by their coach, Dr. Szydlowski. The competition was related to a critical issue: Many residents of South Carolina live in what is known as the “Stroke Belt”, experiencing a higher-than-average incidence of strokes in certain rural communities. MUSC’s Telestroke expansion initiative hopes to provide rapid, quality stroke diagnosis and treatment to a wider range of the population in these areas and overall, improve access throughout the entire state. The teams were tasked with developing equitable pricing models for new telehealth satellite locations joining the MUSC Telestroke Network. Each of the teams received the case assignment three weeks prior. At the competition, teams were given 15 minutes to present their proposals and respond to questions from a panel of judges consisting of MUSC leaders who have all played an influential part in the implementation of the Telestroke network throughout the state. The teams were judged on several criteria: presentation, analysis, logic and their responses during the question-and-answer phase. The judges then selected four of the fifteen teams to advance to the final round, and the University of Scranton team was one of the four teams selected to move on to the final round. The four teams then presented their proposals to a new panel of judges, including Dr. Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., MBA, CEO of MUSC (alumni of the University of Scranton), Mr. Shawn Valenta, MHA, Administrator of Telehealth at MUSC, Mr. Matt Reich, MHA, Ms. Amelia Bishoff, MHA and Mr. Rick Toomey, DHA, FACHE.

Throughout the two-day event, there were many opportunities for the students to network with healthcare industry leaders and other students in health-related disciplines. The teams also received a tour of the Telehealth Center on the hospital floor at MUSC. It was an amazing learning experience that will always be remembered! The team would like to thank Dr. Miller and Dr. Szydlowski for all their work in making this amazing opportunity possible.

-Marissa Lembo HADM '20
Pennsylvania State University

Undergraduate and first year graduate MHA students participated in the inaugural 2019 Pennsylvania State University Case Competition in State College, Pennsylvania. The first annual case competition allowed MHA students to compete and gain knowledge about a current healthcare issue. Four of the undergraduate MHA students and three of the first year graduate MHA students from the University of Scranton participated under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. William Miller.

-Hillary Grove MHA '21

On Thursday, October 24, Dr. Bill Miller accompanied two University of Scranton Health Administration teams (one undergraduate and one graduate) to Penn State to participate in the inaugural Penn State MHA Case Competition. This case competition was unique in a couple of ways: 1) it was one of the few competitions that includes an undergraduate division and 2) teams had one day to prepare their response to the case. Teams arrived on PSU campus on Thursday afternoon for a welcome reception that included dinner, a short program on how to develop and present a case response, and a training exercise. Our undergraduate team won the training exercise by proposing the Nittany Lion dress up as RuPaul for Halloween. Friday (11/25) morning the case was released, and teams had until 11:59pm that same day to submit their response presentation. Competition first round was held Saturday (11/26) morning with the announcement of finalists, of which our undergraduate team was one, at lunch.

-Dr. Miller

Seton Hall University

Case competitions have been some of my favorite events to be a part of since starting the MHA program. The experience and skills obtained by working on the specific cases with my class mates always proves to be exceptional as we only scratch the surface of our healthcare careers, and the Seton Hall case competition was no different. Having the opportunity to present our ideas in front of a variety of healthcare leaders has allowed me to improve my public speaking skills and the ability to network with these executives as well as students and coaches from other schools. Scranton’s MHA program allows students the opportunity to prepare themselves to become healthcare leaders and I personally believe case competitions are an important avenue all students should take part in.

-Craigh Morgan MHA '20
Other Fall MHA Events
2019 EPAHEN Symposium
Annual International Dinner
Mentor Mentee Mixer
Message from the Program Director:
Dear MHA Alumni, I am happy to share with you some recent activities and updates. In October an MHA team competed in several case competitions to include the NAHSE Case Competition held in Washington DC, Seton Hall University Case, and Penn State. In early November we held try-outs for the Spring Case Competitions at The University of Alabama-Birmingham, Emory University, Ohio State, and others. We continues to encourage students and participate in these national competitions. As you know, our CAHME site visit is scheduled for Spring 2020. The dates of the site visit are February 26-28, 2020. I will be reaching out to you regarding your contributions to our Program. We would welcome you on campus. As MHA program director, I am grateful for you service and commitment to our MHA program. We hope to see you at all or some of our Spring dates including the ACHE student symposium, MHA Alumni Golfing Outing scheduled for May 2020, and other events. Have a great holiday and I look forward to seeing you soo. 

-Dr. Szydlowski
What's New With You?
Let us know if you have changed positions, addresses, etc. We would love to hear from you!
University of Scranton MHA Alumni Society | Fall 2019 Newsletter