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UCLA: Center for Healthcare Management Established

Amid an uncertain and rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched a new center that will bring together top academic researchers, students, and established healthcare executives and practitioners to explore critical issues in the management of healthcare organizations, while improving the state of knowledge and practice.

FSPH’s Center for Healthcare Management will draw from the expertise of industry leaders to shape research questions designed to influence healthcare management practices. The center is made possible by the Sinaiko Innovation Fund for Healthcare Management, a $1 million gift from Mr. Richard Sinaiko (MPH ’77), Ms. Patricia Sinaiko and Mr. Greg Sinaiko (MPH ’01). Mr. Richard Sinaiko has held senior executive positions at the UCLA Medical Center, American Medical International and served as assistant dean of the USC School of Medicine before forming Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting, a leading healthcare management consulting firm. Mr. Greg Sinaiko directed the development of The Coding Source, Inc., which became a leading coding, training and service company.

In addition to the Sinaiko gift making the new center possible, a pledge of more than $1 million from the Don S. Levin Trust and Edna and Tom Gordon will establish the Paul Torrens Chair in Healthcare Management within the new center and FSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management. The chair’s establishment is pending approval by the UCLA Academic Senate and the University of California Office of the President. The new chair will be named in honor of Dr. Paul Torrens, a professor emeritus who has been at the school for nearly 50 years and has worked closely with Tom Gordon, a longtime leader in the Cedars-Sinai Health System.

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