UCCS collaborates to prepare healthcare managers for future

November 22, 2011
Jana Hyde, (719) 255-3755
Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Impending changes in the healthcare system require that managers be prepared for creative leadership and 12 local healthcare managers stand ready.

Collaboration between the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business and healthcare organizations serving Colorado Springs resulted in a non-degree certificate program specifically designed to train healthcare professionals new to supervision, management and leadership. Managers from Colorado Springs Health Partners, Centura Health, Memorial Health System, and El Paso County Health participated in the program that addressed topics ranging from leadership, managing individuals, working in teams, and changing and improving organizations.

Five workshops spread over two months focused on equipping students with the necessary skills to bring out the best in people, teams, and organizations and to become future leaders in the healthcare industry. The program drew instructors from UCCS and the healthcare industry.

Creation of the program was the culmination of a discussion between UCCS and community healthcare organizations about providing resources through local expertise and keeping those professional development dollars here in the community, according to Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business. University expertise for high quality learning merged with elimination of travel costs for the participants has proven a win-win combination.

The students graduate Dec.1 after presenting their final projects to their instructors.

“They will be ready to tackle workplace challenges with fresh perspective and skills to lead their organizations,” Debbie Chandler, executive vice president and CEO, Colorado Springs Health Partners, said. “This partnership with UCCS provides customized training to our employees and keeps those dollars in our local economy.”

Reddy said: “This is exactly the sort of collaboration in which we are able to add value to local businesses. The model can be applied to other industries to help individuals and organizations be more successful. That’s good for our whole community.”

For more information, please contact Reddy at vreddy@uccs.edu.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,300 undergraduates and 450 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 7,300 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world.

UCCS, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s, and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 9,300 students annually.