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Student & Alumni Achievements

North Texas Students Take Top Prize in ACHE Case Competition

Students from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health took home the top prize in a recent case study competition organized by the North Texas chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHENTX).

[Photo: Dr. Aman Kaila, Ashnia Taher, ACHE North Texas mentor Paul Aslin, UNTHSC MHA Program Director Martin Ostensen, Patrick Li, Chelsea Kleen and Shriya Sarin.]

The winning public health students, all in their second year of the Master of Health Administration program, are Dr. Aman Kaila, Chelsea Kleen, Patrick Li, Shriya Sarin and Ashnia Taher.

Their challenge was to identify ways to transform a public safety-net hospital system that was facing financial problems, with a departing chief executive officer, low employee morale and operational inefficiencies. The real-life scenario had previously been the focus of a 2014 Harvard Business Review case study.

The team’s competition entry, which included a written report and 30-minute presentation, addressed each of the challenges to create a blueprint for a turnaround.

The UNTHSC team received a first-place cash prize, invitations to all 2017 ACHENTX board meetings and registration to ACHE’s national annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership conference in Chicago.

“Much of what we have learned in our courses was put into this one analysis,” said Ms. Kleen, one of the team members. “These studies are really helpful in preparing you for real-life scenarios. I think it’s one of the best ways to learn.”