Friends University and Newton Medical Center have announced the establishment of a partnership to benefit students working in the health care industry. Beginning in early 2011, students will be able to complete courses in a hospital setting for the Master of Health Care Leadership (MHCL) program.
“We are excited about the opportunity to network with Newton Medical Center on this new concept,” said Robert Harvey, director of the program. “It will be the first time we have placed our graduate program in health care leadership physically within the walls of a health-care provider. It should bring great convenience to the students in the area, and also allows Friends to further develop our health-care presence outside of Wichita.”
Harvey noted the Newton Medical Center location is convenient for people due to its proximity to I-35 and other highway corridors.
The two organizations’ alliance will benefit MHCL students as well as Newton Medical Center employees. The partnership and closer proximity of Friends University will provide an opportunity for Newton Medical Center employees to further their education. Employees will also have opportunities to be guest lecturers and consultants in the classroom.
Harvey expects students to greatly benefit from having two executives from the Newton Medical Center participate in the MHCL program as adjunct professors. Paul Lavender, chief financial officer, and Val Gleason, vice president of physician services, have been teaching in the MHCL program since its inception. The program focuses on the business side of health care.
MHCL is currently offered in Wichita, Lenexa and Topeka. A Coffeyville start is also planned for the program this fall.
Throughout the past 20 years, the Friends University Graduate School has offered academic programs designed to prepare students for professional career opportunities. Starting with quality faculty who have extensive industry experience in their discipline, and relevant curriculum; students receive the most up-to-date and practical educational experience available.