CSU, Chico News

Students Shine in Health Services Competition

Date: 04-22-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Health Services Administration team placed second in the Northern California Health Services Administration College Bowl Saturday, April 19, in Sacramento.

The TV quiz show-style competition, begun in 2009, focuses on topic areas in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) exam for becoming board certified in health services administration.

Drexel University’s Sacramento-based MBA/Health Services Administration program placed first. CSU, East Bay’s Masters in Health Administration program came in third, and University of the Pacific’s MBA/Health Services Administration program came in fourth.

Team adviser Rick Narad, professor in the Department of Health and Community Services, said it was impressive that the CSU, Chico competing students, the only undergraduates in the competition, bested graduates students from two masters’ programs.

The competition is sponsored by the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), which is the Northern California chapter of ACHE. The judges are health care executives who are members of the Board of Directors of CAHL.

The CSU, Chico team members who competed were Cassie Bryant, Steven Cabrera, Amanda James, Nikole Jeffries and Christina Villa, with Miranda Downs and Jenna Lunger as alternates. All are seniors majoring in health services administration.

“This event gives our graduating seniors a chance to review the entire field of health services administration and show what they know,” said Narad. “The audience includes health care executives from throughout Northern California who get to see how good Chico students are.”