Georgetown Students Sweep NCHE Essay Contest

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 - Three Georgetown University graduate students swept an essay contest sponsored by the National Capital Healthcare Executives.

Naila Wahid (G'13) earned first place, Megan Graves (G'14) was named runner-up, and Artair Rogers (G'13) took second runner-up.  All are earning their master's degrees in the Department of Health Systems Administration at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Essay Contest

The winners of the annual essay contest are announced during the organization's executive roundtable discussion, which was hosted this year on Nov. 8 at George Washington University.

Georgetown hosted the event in 2010 and 2011 and was a co-sponsor this year along with George Washington and Marymount University.  Georgetown students also swept the event in 2009.

"Participants were asked to write from the perspective of a leader of a health organization that just received a large donation to improve the overall status of their community," said Wahid.

As first place winner, she earned a student scholarship for $2,000.  Her essay was a fictional memo from a hospital's CEO to the board introducing a new chronic care management program.

Health Care Changes

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration, was pleased with the outcome.

"We're just thrilled at our students' victory," she said.  "Their award-winning essays reflect their potential as future leaders in the health care sector.  Their success also showcases the strength of our graduate program, which provides students a broad understanding of the forces that shape health care delivery in the United States.  This type of foundational knowledge is essential, especially given the changes the health care system is undertaking."

Hearing From Leaders

Each year, attendees have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the field.  This year's executive roundtable covered, "Pending Health Care Labor Shortage Crisis."

Speakers included Janis M. Orlowski, MD, chief operating officer and chief medical officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Larry Beck, former president of Good Samaritan Hospital; Darryl Varando, executive vice president and chief people officer for Children's National Medical Center; and Kim Hurst, health care practice leader at Aon Hewitt Consulting.

Jennifer Wilkerson, vice president of strategic planning and business development at Good Samaritan, moderated the panel.

By Bill Cessato