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Did You Know That JMU HSA Students are Excellent Writers?

JMU senior HSA students have had significant success in receiving awards in the Hill-Rom/Richard J. Stull Management Essay Competition, sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Since the HSA Program’s inception, the following students have won awards through this competition. Congratulations for a job well-done!

  • 2017- First Place. Natalie L. Birkelien. A Strategic Framework for Improving the Patient Experience in Hospitals.
  • 2016- Second Place. Scott Goldschmidt.  Case Management of Heart Failure Patients: A Strategic Framework for Reducing Readmissions and Improving Patient Outcomes.
  • 2015 – Third Place. David Zandona: Going Beyond HIPAA: A Proposed Framework for Developing Effective Strategies in Information Security
  • 2014 - Third Place. Amanda Lindner: Maintaining and Promoting Hospital Quality in an Era of Health Care Reform
  • 2012 - First Place. Andrew Bennett:  Accountable Care Organizations: Principles and Implications for Hospital Administrators
  • 2009 - Third Place. Scott DiDonato: Evaluating Adoption of Electronic Health Records: What Do Administrators Need to Know?
  • 2008 - Third Place. Joshua Dameron: Hospital-Acquired Infections: Sources, Effects, and Implications for Administrators
  • 2006 - Second Place. Matthew Curtin: Promoting Diversity in Health Services Organizations: Integrating Social and Business Perspectives
  • 2005 - First Place. Tanisha Woodard: Addressing Variation in Hospital Quality: Is Six Sigma the Answer?
  • 2004 - First Place. Jenifer K. Murphy: After 9/11: Elevating Bioterrorism Preparedness in Hospitals
  • 2002 - First Place. Kathryn E. Kerwin: The Role of the Internet in Improving Health Care Quality
  • 2001 - First Place. Coleen Santa Ana: The Adoption of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Hospitals: A Framework for Decision Making
  • 2000 - First Place. Aimee Forehand: Mission and Organizational Performance in the Health Care Industry
  • 1999 - First Place. Julie Howard: Hospital Customer Service in a Changing Health Care World: Does It Matter?
  • 1998 - First Place. Jacqueline R. DeSouza: Alternative Dispute Resolution: Methods to Address Workplace Conflict in Health Services Organizations
  • 1997 - First Place. Alison Heightchew: Antirust and Affiliations Among Health Care Providers: The Need for a Level Playing Field
  • 1994 - First Place. Mark Bard: Reinventing Health Care Delivery: The Social Environment of Change


  • Application deadlines for admission to the Health Services Administration major:

    Spring Admission: September 15th

    Fall Admission: February 15th
HSA Testimonials