The Master of Science Health Administration and Leadership (MSHAL) program prepares students pursuing a career in administration and leadership of health and human services organizations. As part of the curriculum students are required to complete a capstone health leadership project. The capstone project serves as the culmination of the information students gather throughout their academic journey in preparation of graduating.
Rachel Aultman, a Fall ’12 graduate of the MSHAL program, completed a feasibility study as her capstone project titled “Ventilator Care Close to Home: MidMichigan Gladwin Pines (MGP) Feasibility Study - Is it Feasible for MGP to Accept and Care for Ventilator Dependent Patients?” The project involved completing an analysis on whether MidMichigan Health's nursing home in Gladwin can open a long-term care ventilator unit. Her project examined the financial, clinical, human resource, technology and regulatory components involved.
"The project helped me professionally in that it forced me to explore other perspectives than just clinical", explains Rachel. "With my nursing background it is easy for me to focus solely on the clinical aspects of a problem or question. It was a stretch for me to dig so deeply into a financial analysis and understand all of the variables that can make or break a program financially. Since working on such a thorough project that encompassed all of the different perspectives that the MSHAL program teaches (Human Resource, Information Technology, Finance, Leadership) I've found that those perspectives come more naturally to me. I can have conversations with the finance department and speak the same language which in turn helps me advocate for my clinical staff and the patients."
“Rachel's feasibility project, designed to determine whether ventilator care was feasible at MidMichigan Gladwin Pines, was helpful to her professional understanding of the processes that would go into such a project, as well as, it being beneficial to one of our healthcare community partners”, states Marilyn Skrocki, JD, MBA, MISM, MSHAL Program Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences. “This truly is what we like to see as we strive, through engagement with the healthcare community, to be the intellectual resource for the region’s healthcare businesses.”
Rachel, currently serving as Operations Director at MidMichigan Home Care, where she oversees the daily operations of the home infusion pharmacy program, private duty program and geriatric care provider practice. She also assists with planning and implementation of new special projects.
Rachel received a Bachelor of Science In Nursing from SVSU in December 2001. She also serves on the MSHAL Advisory Board.