"Mini-MBA" Program for Doctors Receives National Grant

October 11, 2010

Michael Carrese
Marketing  and Communications
802-847-2886

Burlington, VT– Fletcher Allen’s Center for Health Care Management has received a $75,000 grant from The Physicians Foundation to help fund the addition of advanced courses to its "mini-MBA" program for doctors and other health care professionals. The Physicians Fund is a national organization dedicated to advancing the work of practicing physicians to improve the efficiency and quality of health care for all Americans, a mission shared by the Center.

Starting last autumn, health care providers and administrators from within Fletcher Allen have taken the Center’s classes in business and management taught by faculty of the UVM School of Business Administration. Graduates of that program now have the opportunity to move to a more advanced level of learning as they seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery in Vermont and northern New York.

"Everyone in the health care system is trying to do a better job of coordinating care and providing it at the least possible cost, and physicians need to play a critical leadership role to reach that goal," said Abigail Trutor, MBA, Program Director at the Center. "Unfortunately, many providers lack an education in basic business and management skills. That’s why we created the Center. Our programs give them the tools to be successful, and the grant from the Physicians Foundation will really strengthen our efforts."

"The School of Business Administration is pleased to be able to partner with Fletcher Allen to deliver management training to physicians and administrators," said Larry Shirland, dean, UVM School of Business Administration.

"The Center for Health Care Management is providing the kind of educational programs that are critically needed if we are going to improve the quality of health care in America. We’re pleased to help support the expansion of their offerings," said Lou Goodman, PhD, President of the Physicians Foundation.

Students in the Core Program take full-day classes in Organizational Behavior, Finance, Operations, Marketing and Strategy. The first Advanced Program is focused on teaching negotiation strategies. The Center’s offerings are open to all health care providers and health care administrators in Vermont and upstate New York.

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About The Fletcher Allen Center for Health Care Management:

The Center for Health Care Management educates clinical providers and health care administrators in business and management skills that directly improve efficiency and patient care. In partnership with the University of Vermont School of Business Administration, the Center also conducts research on new approaches to health care delivery in rural areas. Research findings are incorporated into the curriculum on an ongoing basis. Additional information is available at www.fletcherallen.org/healthcaremanagement

About the Physicians Foundation:

The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. The Foundation is unique in its commitment to working with physicians nationwide to create a more efficient and equitable healthcare system. It pursues its mission through a variety of activities including grantmaking, research and policy studies. Since 2005, The Foundation has awarded numerous multi-year grants. Additional information about The Physicians Foundation is available online at www.physiciansfoundation.org

About Fletcher Allen

Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region. For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site at www.fletcherallen.org