Balancing a rich history of tradition with active connections to the contemporary fields of practice and research, the Department of Health Administration at VCU is a unique place to study. Housed in Richmond's historic Grant House (the former Sheltering Arms Hospital), HAD offers students the ability to receive a 21st century education while exploring firsthand the influences of the past. It also blends a focus on cutting edge business and leadership skills with a culture of commitment to community service.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, Marilyn Tavenner (MHA '89), announced Friday that she's resigning from her position at the end of February. Ms. Tavenner, who's been with CMS since 2010, played a major role in the implementation of President Barack Obama's health-care law. Her agency wrote many of the new rules putting the Affordable Care Act in place and oversees the new health insurance exchanges created by the law. Ms. Tavenner, had been acting administrator of CMS since late 2011, and she was confirmed by the Senate in May 2013 — making her the first permanent head of the massive agency in about six years.
Dr. Jon DeShazo has received a Blick Scholars Award from VCU. These awards, made possible by a generous bequest from Lavinia Blick, are given only every four years to a maximum of ten junior faculty on the MCV campus.
Dr. Dolores Clement has been confirmed as the Sentara Professor of Health Administration. This professorship, endowed with a gift from Sentara Healthcare in 2007, is intended to support "distinguished faculty for the graduate training of men and women for eventual leadership roles” in healthcare.