MHSA Student Wins Top Prize at NCHE Roundtable

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 – A Georgetown University graduate student earned top prize for her essay on health care improvement from the National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE).

Agata Turowski (G’15), who is pursuing her master of science degree in health systems administration at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, earned a $2,000 student scholarship.

Honorable mentions went to Georgetown student Kelly Rosendall (G’15) and student Scott Fowler.

Essay Contest

The winners of the annual essay contest were announced during the NCHE C-Suite Executive Roundtable, which was hosted this year at Georgetown on Thursday, November 20. Georgetown hosted the event in 2010 and 2011.

Participants in the essay contest were asked to write as the CEOs of a start-up company that has received a $50-million donation and access to a team of experts. In a thousand words or less, they had to describe the first project they would undertake to positively impact health care.

Turowski’s essay discussed how e-mail could be used to tackle obesity – one of the leading causes of chronic disease – by delivering grocery lists for creating nutritious and cost-effective meals straight to a user’s inbox. She says she intends to pursue the idea in the future.

Health Care Leadership

Bernard Horak, PhD, FACHE, professor of health systems administration and director of the master’s program, says the event was a big success.

“The students from all participating universities did a great job in working with NCHE to plan this event," says Horak. "The panel discussion was very informative, and we were very pleased that Georgetown's students did so well in the essay content."

Expert Panel

Each year, attendees of the NCHE C-Suite Roundtable have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the field.  This year’s executive event covered, “Service Excellence and the Patient Experience.”

Speakers included Robin Norman, MBA, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Virginia Hospital Center; Paul Westbrook, vice president of patient experience at Inova Health System; Mary Anne Hilliard, Esq., vice president, chief risk and safety counsel, deputy general counsel, and executive sponsor of patient experience at Children’s National Medical Center; and Michael Sachtleben, MHA, chief operating officer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Jason Ormsby, PhD, MBA, MHSA, senior vice president for Atlas Research, chair of Atlas’ Health Quality and Information Technology Group, and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Systems Administration at Georgetown, moderated the panel. 

By Rahab A. Manyika (G’15)