ASC Health Administration Program recognized by Colorado Rural Health Association

(08-27-2008)

The Adams State College School of Business Health Administration Program continues to grow. This summer, Assistant Professors of Business, Richard Vallone and Armando Valdez, represented Adams State at the Colorado Rural Health Association (CRHA) and secured the college as the educational arm of CRHA. The association has over 300 members from the rural health care community throughout the State of Colorado.

According to Dr. Kurt Keiser, chair of the School of Business, Vallone and Valdez have been instrumental in the development of the health care administration programs and in establishing long-term relationships with members of the health care community in the San Luis Valley and chair and co-chair the Health Advisory Council.

The CRHA regional meeting will be held on the Adams State campus during the summer of 2009 and the annual meeting is proposed to be held on campus in 2010.

"This means a lot to our program," Vallone said. "Within the next two years the Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in health care administration, will be added to the curriculum. This will be the next level for many of our health care professionals throughout the state of Colorado, already working in the health care field."

The Adams State College Health Administration Program works closely with the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center and Valley Wide Health Systems, in development of professional courses, Vallone said. "Our health administration program is fortunate to have many experienced faculty, including Valdez, Dr. Pat McIntyre (associate professor of marketing), and Dr. Linda Reid (professor of business)," he added. "They are very important to the success of our program."

Along with Vallone, the above professors have developed customized courses for SLVMC and VWHS. "CRHA is now working with its members in an effort to offer similar courses to its members," Vallone said.

The Adams State Health Care Administration Program was developed two years ago. Vallone said the original program, coupled with the professional development health care courses and the MBA (starting in the summer of 2009) offers educational opportunities at all health care levels.

"Our quality program offers students, at all levels, an opportunity to succeed in their careers," Vallone said. "With the continued support of administration and the efforts of Adams State College professors in the Health Administration arena and the support of the Health Care Facilities in the San Luis Valley in the form of internship opportunities, Adams State College will continue to offer opportunities for all students both traditional and non-traditional," Vallone said.

Adams State College / Health Care Administration professors are also working with CRHA to present a program to the Colorado Hospital Association next summer.

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