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DHA Alumni, Faculty & Student Recognition

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​Stephen Waldhoff, DHA

Stephen WaldhoffDr. Stephen Waldhoff was lead author and a presenter of Achieving Social Sustainability in a Non-profit Community Hospital, a discussion paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California (August 2016). Stephen's 40-page paper was selected for an all-Academy Theme session that addresses issues of broad interest to all members of the Academy, and not only the Healthcare Management Division. His paper was directly related to the main conference theme, "Making Organizations Meaningful." The Academy letter informing Dr. Waldhoff of paper acceptance stated: "Discussion Paper sessions consist of papers that, with refinement, have the potential to break new ground or make im​portant contributions."

​James A. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.Sc.; Professor and Medical Social Scientist​

James A. JohnsonAuthor of 15 published books on health administration and public health, including the worldwide selling book Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives.

​​​Caren Rossow, DHA (2012), FACHE, University Lecturer - Illinois
Published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Dr. Caren RossowDr. Caren Rossow was lead author for an article in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management entitled: Healthcare workers' willingness to report to work during influenza pandemic: A systematic literature review, June 2015. ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, ISSN (Print) 2194-6361, DOI: 10.1515/jhsem-2014-0115. This is a second publication related to Dr. Rossow's dissertation work.


Bernie Kerr, Ed.D., MHA, FACHE Professor & Director, Master of Health Administration Program Health Administration Programs College of Health Professions

Dr. Bernie KerrDr. Bernie Kerr was the 2015 recipient of CMU’s Faculty Distinguished Service Award​ honoring faculty members whose record of sustained service to the University and their profession has been particularly distinguished. Only service that is sustained and truly distinguished is worthy of this recognition. Service must evidence the qualities of excellent service defined by CMU: caring, knowledge, availability and follow-through.

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​​​​Doug Anderson, AA, BS, MA, MBA, MSS, FACHE

Doug Anderson, won the Blue Ribbon at the 2012 ACHE Congress Management Innovations Poster Session. The title of his research was Using Social Media to Improve Services and Health in the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS).


Sandra Ogunremi, DHA, MSA, SCPM, CIM, CLC, MPM

Sandra-OgunremiDr. Sandra Ogunremi presented at ‘The Premier Breakthroughs Conference’ in Nashville, Tennessee titled “Breakthroughs is a knowledge sharing event devoted to bringing people, ideas, and innovations together to transform healthcare..” Dr. Ogunremi’s topic, ‘Growing your organization through external funding’ focused on efforts to secure and deploy external funding to grow and diversify services in an integrated health system by highlighting the importance of integration and collaboration within the organization, while also fostering successful external relationships to identify and secure funding opportunities and providing specific strategies for enhancing organizational opportunities to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of health care for the communities served.


Jen Volland, RN, BSN, MBE, MBB, CPHQ, NEA-BC, FACHE

Jen-VollandJen Volland’s proposal had been selected from a pool of over 500 applicants for presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on March 11-14, 2013 in the seminar ‘Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems’ (HCAHPS )and on the topic ‘The Voice Of Your Patients: Getting the Best Out of Best Practices’. Jen Volland, serves as a Vice President for Development of National Research Corporation. The National Research Corporation (NRC Picker's parent company) has been listed number one among the nation’s largest patient satisfaction measurement firms in the U.S., according to Modern Healthcare and has achieved the distinction of being listed as a top US research organization. The annual Honomichl 50 - an exclusive ranking of the top 50 US-based research organizations based on yearly revenues - has pegged National Research as #20.

Dr. Volland has also been appointed designee to ANCC’s NEA-BC (national board certification for the Nurse Executive, Advanced) Content Expert Panel comprised of a limited number of individuals deemed to be experts in the nursing field, that assist with question writing for the prestigious NEA-BC exam.


Gearline Bryan, DHA HA

Dr. Gearline Bryan was selected to present on ‘An Assessment of the Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes of Women in Rural Jamaica’ at the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit. Gearline’s abstract was selected from a large number of excellent proposals that were judged to be of interest, relevance and high quality. The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit is an HHS-wide endeavor involving a broad spectrum of the federal government that seeks to advance activities to eliminate health disparities. Organized around the core principle of integrating science, policy, and practice, the 2012 Health Disparities Summit offers a forum for government, academia, and the public to advance scholarship and translate new knowledge into action. The rapid progress of research on health disparities opens up new possibilities for identifying effective policies with potential for building a healthier global society.


Christian Wallis, DHA – 2012 member of the volunteer Board of Examiners for the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

Christian WallisAfter an intensive application process, Dr. Christian Wallis, was chosen to complete an independent review and a consensus review of a Baldrige Award application and serve as an ambassador for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Dr. Wallis will attend a three-day Examiner Preparation course focused on providing a better understanding of the Baldrige criteria, the evaluation process, and the examiners’ roles and responsibilities. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was created by Public Law 100-107, signed into law on August 20, 1987. The Award is named for Malcolm Baldrige, who served as Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until 1987. His managerial excellence contributed to long-term improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of government. The award recognizes the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy.


Asa Wilson, DHA – 2012 Financial Performance Monitoring of the Technical Efficiency of Critical Access Hospitals: A Data Envelopment Analysis and Logistic Regression Modeling Approach, published in Volume 57, Number 3 (May/June 2012) of the Journal of Healthcare Management

Asa WilsonDr. Asa Wilson is lead author of this article published in the Journal of Healthcare Management. The article was based on Dr. Wilson’s DHA dissertation. According to the Executive Summary, “From 1980 to 1999, rural designated hospitals closed at a disproportionally high rate. In response to this emergent threat to healthcare access in rural settings, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 made provisions for the creation of a new rural hospital—the critical access hospital (CAH). The conversion to CAH and the associated cost-based reimbursement scheme significantly slowed the closure rate of rural hospitals. This work investigates which methods can ensure the long-term viability of small hospitals.” The Journal of Healthcare Management is the official journal of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Six times per year, JHM offers healthcare management articles that inform and guide executives, managers, educators, and researchers.


Dawn DeVries - 2010 Joyce & Gary DeWitt Endowed Scholarship recipient, Central Michigan University Global Campus

Dawn-DeVriesDawn DeVries was awarded the 2010 Joyce & Gary DeWitt Scholarship by Central Michigan University’s Global Campus. In his letter of recommendation, Dr. Bernie Kerr stated “I would describe Dawn’s philosophy as follows: “When you meet with and overcome personal challenges you help others who have met with similar challenges.” As outlined in her essay, Dawn’s agenda is one of helping others who have children with disabilities navigate the sometimes unfriendly educational and healthcare systems and to teach future health professionals the value and importance of interdisciplinary and holistic healthcare.” The Joyce & Gary DeWitt Scholarship was established in 2010 by the DeWitt family for students pursuing degrees through CMU’s Global Campus who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Ms. DeVries is on course to graduate with her DHA in August 2012.


Amy Dore, DHA – 2010 Student Achievement Award, National Rural Health Association ion

Amy DoreDr. Amy Dore has received the 2010 Student Achievement Award from the National Rural Health Association. The award recognizes the significant rural health care research accomplished through her DHA dissertation entitled “A Multi-Method Analysis of the Tangible and Intangible Advantages and Disadvantages of Delivering Surgical Services in Small Rural Hospitals: Future Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities.” Dr. Dore’s work included an in-depth study of rural hospitals in America. The National Rural Health Association is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. The Student Achievement Award recognizes extraordinary student initiated and performed activity demonstrated within the field of rural health.


Amy Johnson– 2009 Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship, Institute for Diversity in Health Management

Amy J. Johnson was awarded the Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship in 2009. This scholarship recognizes graduate student leaders who represent ethnically diverse cultural backgrounds and is named in memory of Cathy L. Brock, Director of Operations for the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Research and Educational Trust. Ms. Brock was dedicated to the Institute's mission of increasing the number of racial and ethnic minorities entering and advancing in the field of health care management. The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, a nonprofit organization, works closely with health services organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management. The Institute was created by the American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives and later join by Hispanic Healthcare Executives and the Catholic Health Association.