CSU, Chico News

Health and Community Services Students Win First ‘College Bowl’ Competition

Date: 05-06-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students from the Department of Health and Community Services won a first-of-its-kind “College Bowl” competition April 25 sponsored by The California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

A team of four CSU, Chico undergraduates beat a team of graduate students from host school University of San Francisco in the inaugural Health Services Administration College Bowl.

The competition—in the fashion of some TV quiz shows—was designed to sharpen and test the skills of the universities’ healthcare management programs. Students fielded questions in 11 healthcare topic categories: governance and organizational structure, human resources, finance, healthcare technology and information management, quality and performance improvement, laws and regulations, professionalism and ethics, healthcare, management and business.

“The questions were tough, but both teams showed their mettle and academic excellence,” stated CAHL President Jerrold A. Maki, who is vice president of Clinical Services for Stanford Hospital and Clinics. “By the performance of both, the amount of preparation and sweat put into preparation by each team’s students and their professors was evident.”

Professor Rick Narad, Department of Health and Community Services, served as the CSU, Chico team’s adviser. “By beating graduate students, our students learned how comprehensive our curriculum is and how well they’re prepared to take their places in the healthcare industry,” he said.

Mark Lisa, chief executive officer of Doctors Hospital in Manteca and a CAHL board member, said the Health Services Administration College Bowl was an effective way for students and healthcare professionals to get together and to sharpen the students’ knowledge of the industry. “We want to make sure students of healthcare management have professional connections with practitioners in the industry. It’s a tougher job market—the ones that rise to the top, like students from Chico, are well prepared. Rick (Narad) prepared them extremely well.”

Lisa said four universities have healthcare management programs affiliated with CAHL: UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, CSU, Fresno and CSU, Chico.

The four student team members for CSU, Chico were Joe Ambrosini, Marcella Azucar, Micki Lor and Mike Stanton.