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Mission Employees Receive WCU Certificate in Health Care

ASHEVILLE NC – Nineteen employees of Asheville-based Mission Health received certificates Thursday, Dec. 11, as members of the first cohort to complete a new graduate certificate program in health care innovation management offered in partnership with Western Carolina University.

Funded by Mission Health, the WCU program consists of four courses that employees take over a span of 21 months. Those who complete the program earn credit toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The program is a component of Mission Health’s budding Center for Innovation, which was established to foster a spirit of advancement in health care throughout Western North Carolina. It combines entrepreneurial and innovation content with health care-specific modules. Courses focus on the skills of thinking creatively to implement new opportunities of value in the workplace, working effectively within a multidisciplinary team and leading through a culture of innovation.

“Mission Health is very proud of our caregivers who completed the WCU healthcare innovation management certificate program,” said Marc B. Westle, senior vice president for innovation for Mission Health. “We know they will use their new skills to help Mission Health find innovative and creative ways to be even more efficient and effective, and deliver a more exceptional experience for our patients and families.”

Members of the first graduating cohort are: Susan Anderson, supervisor of respiratory therapy at Mission Hospital, from Mills River; Jody Bender, independent project management consultant, from Asheville; Cynthia J. Brown, physician at Mission Children’s Hospital, from Asheville; Beth Cirillo, privacy officer at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Ed Coye, director of information technology, western region, from Brevard; Nancy Critcher-White, manager of employee engagement at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Rodney Foushee, regional director of marketing, western region, from Etowah; John Grindstaff, nursing unit supervisor at Mission Hospital, from Weaverville; Danny Gualano, systems engineer at Mission Hospital, from Leicester; Pam Hardin, coordinator of pet therapy at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Alice Iannetta, laboratory manager at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Caroline Lieberman, supervisor of inpatient rehabilitation services at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; John Locke, business performance coach for the Carolinas region at Dixon Hughes Goodman, from Arden; Megaan Lorenzen, director of clinical outcomes administration at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Lakesha McDay, consultant for the Center for Leadership and Professional Development at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; Brandy Mills, manager of nursing professional development at Mission Hospital, from Arden; Maryalice Mobley, system manager for revenue cycle education at Mission Hospital, from Leicester; Maureen Winkenwerder, registered nurse at Mission Hospital, from Asheville; and Mary Ellen Wright, nurse researcher at Mission Hospital, from Fairview.

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