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Meet Members of the Mount’s First Graduating MHA Cohort

Members of the Mount's first graduating Master of Health Administration cohort recently reflected on their experiences in the rigorous, two-year program:

 MHA graduate Amy Waters nearly dropped out of the program until one of her fellow students happened to bring a medical bill belonging to her grandfather to class. Watch the video to see how the discovery inspired Waters to stay with the MHA program.

Rachel Mandel, a physician from Frederick, described the program as a “unique and educational experience.” She initially enrolled in the program to improve her credentials for shifting out of clinical medicine and moving into an administrative position. While attending classes, she saw her patients while working as the Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs at Frederick Memorial Hospital. The Mount’s MHA was a practical way to take what she learned in class and apply it at the hospital. “The classes gave me perspective and a background that has been extremely helpful.”

While caring for her grandparents, Amy Waters of Sharpsburg, Maryland saw firsthand the impact the healthcare industry has on its patients. As a VP/Operations Manager at Citibank, Waters hopes her MHA degree, coupled with her current skill sets in social work and business, will help her obtain a management position in the healthcare industry. “The Mount’s MHA program provided me with an invaluable foundation as well as current information about the uniqueness of healthcare, along with a solid network of healthcare professionals,” Waters said. “The program is a great asset to those who want to make that career change and move into the healthcare arena.”

Scott Bondar, of Youngstown, Ohio, is enlisted and on active duty in the Navy. Obtaining an MHA from the Mount has helped him receive a promotion to Chief Petty Officer and has allowed him to get a step closer to a commission in healthcare administration. The Mount was the perfect place for Bondar to pursue his education further. “I have always wanted to advance my education, and the Mount met my needs with its class schedule and course materials,” he said.

Cathy Acker from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been in nursing for 45 years and currently works at Frederick Memorial Hospital as a Department Manager for the oncology and neuroscience units. Reflecting on the Mount’s MHA program, she said, “I credit the people and the professors for the change in my career back to the hospital setting and for the growth I have had in my critical thinking skills, and the application of the knowledge that I learned during this program.”

And for those of you who are considering enrolling in the Mount’s MHA program, Acker has a word of advice: “It is never too late to go back to class to increase your knowledge and accomplish new horizons.”

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