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.
We are very pleased to announce that Yvonne Nguyen, MHA Class of 2016, has won the ACHE 2015 Richard J. Stull Essay Competition in Healthcare Management. This is a very competitive and prestigious award. Along with a cash prize for both herself and the Department she will receive a trip to the 2015 ACHE Congress in March, and her essay will be published in the Journal of Healthcare Management.
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.