MHSA Student Earns MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Scholarship

OCTOBER 22, 2013 - A second-year master’s degree candidate in the Department of Health Systems Administration recently received the MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Leadership Scholarship.

Karla Gonzalez (G’14) was presented with the $6,000 award this month by the hospital’s president Jeffrey Matton, MHA, during a reception with program faculty.

“We are thrilled that Karla is the first recipient of this scholarship,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration.  “She exemplifies the Georgetown mission of living generously in service to others, and we are very proud that she will graduate from our program and bring her considerable talents to improving health care for the vulnerable and marginalized in our communities.”

‘Values-Based Health Care’

The one-time scholarship was given by the hospital in recognition of the support provided by Bernard Horak, PhD, FACHE, professor of health systems administration and director of the master’s program, to the organization’s Leadership Development Institute, which is located in Baltimore, Md.

“We are also very appreciative of the generosity of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital,” Cloonan says.  “Their decision to fund this scholarship is evidence of their ongoing commitment to values-based health care, and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with them.”

Leadership Excellence

Second-year MHSA students were invited to apply for the scholarship, and applications were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of departmental faculty.

Gonzalez was awarded the scholarship based on her outstanding academic performance, her service to the community and the department, and an essay on the application of Jesuit values in a leadership position.

“Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world,” Gonzalez says. “Graduating from a university where Jesuit values are deeply ingrained in education, I know that in my first leadership position education will be a means to strive for excellence as a leader.  Receiving this scholarship will certainly prove to be beneficial as I strive to meet my goals.”

By Rebecca Warren