OCTOBER 16, 2017 - This semester, Jonathan Moreno (G’18) began service as president of the Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University, a student organization based at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.
Moreno, who is earning his master’s degree in health systems administration, took some time to share thoughts about the program and the health care field.
Question: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Moreno: I am a native Texan and lived in San Antonio for nearly 20 years before moving to the DC metro area. I received my undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Texas at San Antonio and recently graduated in May 2017. I found my passion for health administration while working for an optometry clinic where I participated in many projects such as updating their EHR system and improving their patient portal functionality. Here at Georgetown, I am now serving as president of Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University (HEGU). We are restructuring the organization to fit our new one-year model. Additionally, we are in the early stages of developing a strategic plan for our 20-year MHSA anniversary in 2019. I am also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives.
Question: How are you enjoying Georgetown’s master’s program?
Moreno: These past three months at Georgetown have been phenomenal. Attending a school in our nation’s capital has provided me with rich experiences and opportunities centered around improving health across our entire country. I’ve attended two congressional hearings on stabilizing the insurance market places, and I’ve attended several panel discussions sponsored by local health care groups. In July, we took a U.S. health policy course, and the timing made for a live-action class where we discussed every move of the ACA repeal & replace efforts happening right down the street. I appreciate that many of our professors are leaders in the field and are able to provide real-life examples to augment the concepts we learn in class. Finally, our cohort is extremely diverse, and the experiences each of us brings to the table allow us to learn from one another.
Question: What made you want to pursue an advanced degree in health systems administration?
Moreno: Compared to our peer countries, we spend more on health care, yet we are sicker and our life expectancy is one of the lowest. During my past seven years in the health care field, I’ve witnessed firsthand many inconsistencies and problems that I believe are contributing to our poor health status and high costs. I am now pursuing my master’s degree at Georgetown to become well-versed in strategy and systems models. We are increasingly moving towards larger health systems within our communities, and I firmly believe they are the key towards achieving a better continuum of care and better value.
Question: What inspires you about the health care field, and what do you hope to do in your career?
Moreno: The health care industry is rapidly growing. At nearly 18 percent of our gross domestic product, I think this sector has caught the interest of many entrepreneurs, which, I believe, has created an environment that’s ripe for innovation. More and more technology companies are entering this space, and I believe we have yet to see the capability that is possible. As an early-careerist, my focus is on learning how to improve health care quality and interoperability to create an efficient and technologically advanced health care system.