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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.

The Fielding School’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  Ms. Patricia Sinaiko and Mr. Greg Sinaiko. 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. Greg Sinaiko directed the development of The Coding Source, Inc., which became a leading coding, training and service company.

The deep involvement of healthcare management practitioners in the center’s activities is central to its mission and success, explained Dr. Laura Erskine, the center’s director. “Engaging healthcare organizations as active collaborators with Fielding School faculty will ensure that our center produces practical, relevant knowledge,” Dr. Erskine said. She noted that multidisciplinary UCLA experts from outside the Fielding School will also participate — including medical, nursing, dentistry, engineering, and business school faculty.

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