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Please join me in Congratulating:  

  • Akmal Asoev – MHA
  • Puja Jha – MHI 
  • Hannah Kohrs - HCM

Due to their academic performance, volunteer service, and leadership potential, All Akmal, Puja, and Hannah were selected by Health Care Management faculty to be recognized by the Mid-America Health Care Executives Forum (MAHCEF) this year. MAHCEF is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). To learn more about MAHCEF, please check out their website at Information about ACHE can be located at

All MAHCEF award recipients, Akmal, Puja, and Hannah, will receive from MAHCEF a certificate of recognition and a cash gift. 


Health Care Management undergraduate program earns recertification

By Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Health Care Management undergraduate program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently earned select national recertification from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). 

The program’s certification is for six years and follows an initial certification in 2015. The AUPHA notes all 29 of the organization’s criterion were met during the review; a demonstration of program success. SIU’s program, within the School of Health Sciences, is one of only approximately 47 AUPHA certified programs across the nation. 

Sandra K. Collins, professor and health care management program director, noted the recertification work started in 2018 and included a complete program review and met with the AUPHA review team this summer. 

“It’s quite a thrill to know our program stands proud among the best of the best health care management programs in the nation,” Collins said. 

Found in “substantial compliance” 

The health care management program offers bachelor’s degrees in both online and on-campus formats, with minors available in health information/informatics management and long-term care. Collins said that a new respiratory therapy program has been approved as a specialization and is likely to start in fall 2021. 

While certification is not mandatory, gaining a full six-year recertification distinguishes SIU Carbondale “as a leader in health care management education” in addition to showcasing the program’s quality, Collins said. There are other important components the certification carries, she said. 

“For employers, it assures our curriculum provides our graduates with a course of study focused on proficiency of competencies that specifically relate to the health care management industry,” Collins said. “Most importantly, for students, graduating from a program holding a full six-year AUPHA certification stamps their academic accomplishment with a seal of excellence, which often gains them more professional visibility and career flexibility.”   

Team effort 

Collins credits the work of administrators, faculty, staff, the community advisory board and students with the program’s success. 

“They all get to take a victory lap for this achievement of being in “substantial compliance,” she said. “It takes a lot of hard work to be great and our team dedicates each day toward the ongoing success of our students and our program.” 

More information on the health care management program is available at


Dual degree Masters of Health Administration (MHA) and Masters of Health Informatics (MHI) students represented Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) at the annual Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) conference with their presentation on Malcolm-Baldrige Criteria as it Correlates to Health Care Management Curriculum. The meeting was held this week in New Orleans! The sisters are both graduates of the Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management and now in the dual graduate programs, one in the online format and one in the oncampus format! Congratulations to both of these promising Salukis. We are so proud of you! Savanah Hopkins, Courtney Collins #AUPHA #SIUC #MHA #MHI #HCM #ThatsaSaluki #CASA #SAH #Saluki #SAH




Please join me in Congratulating: 

  • Mr. Mitchell Dierkes (BS-HCM)
  • Ms. Savanah Hopkins (MHA/MHI)

Due to their academic performance, volunteer service, and leadership potential, both Mitchell and Savanah were selected by Health Care Management faculty to be recognized by the Mid-America Health Care Executives Forum (MAHCEF) this year. MAHCEF is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). To learn more about MAHCEF, please check out their website at Information about ACHE can be located at

Both MAHCEF award recipients, Mitchell and Savanah, will receive from MAHCEF a certificate of recognition and a cash gift. 


Health Care Management (HCM) students Courtney Collins (on campus HCM student) and Sabrina Rotondo (online HCM student) try out the new daVinci Xi Surgical Robot at Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH). 

November 6, 2018

Jackie Nash's essay, Using Telemedicine to Improve Patient Care in Pediatric Patients, was selected from six excellent student essays to represent the undergraduate HCM program for the Richard Stull Essay Competition hosted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Jackie is shown below with volunteer research reviewers, Sunil Sinah (Chief Medical Officer BJC Medical Group), Don Hutson (CEO Harrisburg Hospital) and Faculty mentors Dr. Thomas Shaw (HCM Associate Professor) and Professor Jessica Cataldo (HCM Clinical Instructor). 


October 30, 2018

All of the Health Care Management Faculty and approximately 60 HCM students attended a Health Care leadership conference held by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and hosted by Southern Illinois Healthcare. Topics surrounded the use of social media in healthcare and patient centered healthcare. Moderators and Panelists serving as expert guest speakers were upper level healthcare executives from prominent healthcare facilities. 

April 5, 2018

Introducing Health Care Management’s (HCM) first Student Research and Activities Team!  The team, led by Faculty Advisor, Dr. Tom Shaw, was created to conduct research that may lead to publications, grants, presentations, and team competitions. Team members will be working closely with field executives on projects (such as a mock Joint Commission review) to bring hands-on field experience to the HCM students.  Membership includes:


Mitchell Dierkes, HCM-BS Mitchell Dierkes

 Ethan Bentley, HCM-BS Ethan Bently

Vicki Brown, HCM-BS Vicki Brown

Jacqueline Nash, HCM-BS Jacqueline Nash

Paige O'Brien, HCM-BS Paige O"Brien, HCM-BS


 April 3, 2018

Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Bart Millstead, from Southern Illinois Healthcare presented undergraduate student Vicki Brown and graduate Chris Grace with their Mid-America Health Care Executives awards.  Along with the Director of the School of Allied Health, Scott Collins, Mr. Millstead also participated in presenting undergraduate student Sarah Hepper with her McGaw award as provided by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.  While here, Mr. Millstead gave a presentation to Health Care Management students and faculty regarding the X-Matrix his team uses to develop organizational strategy and shared the path he followed to become a health care executive. 


March 30, 2018 - Dr. Thomas Shaw - earns Simon Distinguished Faculty Award.…/spring-2018/shaw-earns-simon-award.html

March 25, 2018 - Health Care Management (HCM) undergraduate and graduate programs were represented this year at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) annual Congress in Chicago, Illinois.

HCM’s Clinical Instructor, Jessica Cataldo is accompanied by student representatives, Kelly Meloy and Kendall Cole for the near week-long conference which is attended by healthcare executives from healthcare organizations from all over the world. They participated in a variety of learning sessions regarding trends in healthcare and willshare information with others about our awesome BS-HCM, MHI, and MHA programs.


March 24, 2018 - Approximately 25 HCM students attended an Illinois Rural Health Association conference today to learn about career tracks in rural health areas. It provided students with an opportunity to interact with those from a variety of health care professions.
Several of our online HCM students, a few from several hours away, drove all the way to campus to participate.


March 20, 2018 - Vicki Brown received the SIU Joyce Guyon Women’s Club Scholarship. For some brief information on the Scholarship check out the following link: The Scholarship comes with a $2000 monetary award. 

March 6, 2018 - Due to their academic performance and leadership potential, both
Vicki Brown – Health Care Management - Undergraduate student, and Chris Grace – Health Administration - Graduate student.were selected to be recognized by the Mid-America Health Care Executives Forum (MHEF) this year. MHEF is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) . To learn more about  MHEF, please check out their website at Information about ACHE can be located at



Congratulations to HCM student, Vicki Brown for being appointed to the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) as a Board Member.
The IRHA is a group of health care providers, students, and administrators organized to provide leadership in rural health issues. Founded in 1989, the IRHA advocates for the health interests of rural Illinois residents, facilitates public awareness of health issues that face rural populations, and provides educational resources for rural healthcare providers and students. The organization promotes the work of special interest groups in an effort to improve rural health care and provides networking opportunities for health care providers and those interested in rural health careers through educational forums throughout the state at various university campuses. They will be hosting one such forum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale soon.  The focus of the forum will be to enlighten individuals in regards to career opportunities that directly impact rural health.
March 8, 2018 - Thank you to these awesome HCM Alumni for coming and talking with current HCM students! We appreciate your willingness to network and mentor the students!
Pictured left to right: Megan James, Michelle Summers, Kyle Triplett, Kirstin Calloni, and Chris Grace

February 14th, 2018 -

Please join me in congratulating Health Care Management (HCM) student, Sarah Hepper for being selected as our recipient of the Foster G. McGaw Scholarship

The award is provided by HCM’s certifying body, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and comes with a $500.00 prize! 

The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students in health administration. More than 900 scholarships have been awarded since the program was established in 1975. The scholarship was endowed by Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. McGaw recognized the importance of health administration education and AUPHA’s contribution to the field.

A presentation of the award will be scheduled later this semester. 


August 24, 2017 - OUTSTANDING news about one of our fabulous External/Community Advisory Board Members!

Dr. Bernie Kerr received The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Faculty Excellence Award! Dr. Kerr is a huge supporter of our HCM program.

Last Spring, nominations were sought for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Faculty Excellence Award. This award is designed to recognize an outstanding full-time faculty member who has excelled in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. Applications were submitted and a recipient was selected. Dean Tom Masterson awarded Dr. Bernard J. Kerr, Jr. the inaugural Faculty Excellence Award for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at the opening session of Central Michigan University’s newest Doctor of Health Administration class cohort on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Dr. Kerr was awarded a plaque congratulating him on excelling in teaching, scholarship, and service and he received a gift card to the CMU Bookstore.

May 8, 2017 - Congratulations to Jacqueline Nash for receiving the Mid America Health Care Executives (MAHCEF) Undergraduate Health Care Management Award and also to Kendall Cole for receiving the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA) Undergraduate Health Care Management Award this past week!!

May 4, 2017 - Allison Goldasich, one of our Health Care Management Seniors, is the 2017 Service to Southern Scholarship Award winner and the recipient of a $1000 scholarship at Southern Illinois University. Congratulations!!!

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Board of Counselors held a spring meeting in the SIU Transportation Education Center (TEC). School of Allied Health Director, Dr. Scott Collins was recognized as the 2017 E.J. and Mary C. Simon Distinguished Faculty Award recipient!

April 11, 2017 - Congratulations to Avona Greene, Health Care Management (HCM) Undergraduate Research Assistant, on being chosen as a runner up in this year’s CURCA Undergraduate Research Forum. She has a good start on research in the category of diversity that we hope to see published and expanded upon. Congratulations!

April 4, 2017 - Congratulations to Avona Greene for her 2nd Place win at the SIUC CURCA Undergraduate Creative and Research Activities Forum this week for her research on Student and Hospital CEO Perceptions of Diversified Access to Executive Healthcare Positions!!Ms. Greene was the first Undergraduate Research Assistant that the Health Care Management program has been given.

March 24, 2017 - Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sandy Collins, for her promotion to the rank of Professor!
Saluki Dawgs

March 23, 2017 - Congratulations to Jacqueline Nash for being the 2017 recipient of the Mid-America Health Care Executives Forum (MAHCEF) award! Jacqueline is a sophomore at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale currently majoring in Health Care Management with a minor in Rehabilitative Services. From Bettendorf, Iowa, Jacqueline was a captain of her high school swim team, a four year honor roll student, a member of National Honor Society, and a mentor for students with special needs. Following her graduation, Jacqueline began studying Health Care Management in the fall of 2015 with plans to make an impact in the hospital setting of Health Care Management. Currently at SIUC, she is the student manager for the SIU Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive team, a member of the Dean’s List all three semesters, as well as a recipient of the CASA Honors Award for the 2015-2016 school year and recognition as a Top 5% Student in Psychology for fall 2015. With a passion for leadership, organization, and helping others, Jacqueline is looking forward to applying and expanding her knowledge of Health Care Management this summer while interning for UnityPoint Health – Trinity in Rock Island, IL.
Jacqueline Nash

December 14, 2016 - Congratulations to Health Care Management (HCM) student, Savanah Hopkins!!!Savanah's manuscript titled:LDM: Exploring the Effectiveness in Reducing Product Returns and Overnight Shipment Occurrences in a Materials Management Department has been accepted for publication in the Health Care Manager journal. Her manuscript, co-authored with HCM Professor-Marcea Walter and HCM Program Director-Sandy Collins, demonstrates the cost effective outcomes achieved through the implementation of Lean Daily Management initiatives.Savanah Hopkins is a senior in the undergraduate online Health Care Management program and her interests in Quality Improvement are sure to make a significant difference in the field of health care.Congratulations, Savanah!

Please join me in congratulating HCM's Professor Marcea Walter, for being named the School of Allied Health's Teacher of the Year! Award presented by Dean, Dr. Andy Wang and Program Director, Dr. Sandy Collins.  
Marcea Award

September 27, 2016 - Just bought an autographed book written by HCM student and all around exceptional person, Neimoya Woods! Can't wait to read it
 Sandra Collins


Spring 2015

A Perfect Fit For Her Career

By Pete Rosenbery
Sandy Collins Southern Illinois University and the College of Applied Sciences and Arts have proven to be a perfect fit for Sandy Collins.
She spent 17 years in the health care field before becoming an assistant professor in the Health Care Management Program in 2006. Collins describes her time at SIU Carbondale as “the highlight of my professional career.”
“It has given me a playground to be creative and research things that I am passionate about,” said Collins, the 2014 E.J. and Mary C. Simon Distinguished Faculty Award recipient.  “I’m very thankful to SIU because it has provided me the opportunity to work with some truly exceptional students and colleagues.”
E.J. Simon was dean of the college from its inception in 1951 until his retirement in 1970, and both he and his wife, Mary C. Simon, remained strong supporters of the university and CASA.  E.J. Simon died in 1989; Mary Simon passed away in 2011.
Former students who wrote letters of support for Collins to receive the college’s highest faculty honor – even after experiencing her “rigid” classroom expectations – said her dedication to helping them succeed left a strong impression. One former student wrote that Collins “always made time for any concern whether it was something class related or career related. She has left an imprint on my life and has empowered me to be a better director.” Another former student wrote that Collins “held you accountable for your actions and always reminded us that professionalism is a vital part of the workplace.”
Collins, an associate professor and director of the School of Allied Health’s Health Care Management program, created several of health care management’s online courses for delivery to six off-campus locations, and initiated the program’s 100 percent online delivery option. Her proposals for a Master’s of Health Administration (MHA) and a Master’s in Health Informatics (MHI), are under consideration at various levels on campus.
Collins said the changing needs within the health care field continue to inspire new educational approaches.  The passage of new legislation means there is a need to make sure the health care management program has the right pieces in place “to adequately train students so they are able to enter the health care industry and be of immediate value to it,” she said.
“Health care is one of the biggest growing industries right now. We have a lot of opportunity to expand the program in a variety of different ways,” Collins said. “The proposed master’s degrees are an exciting part of our future growth. I’m excited and hopeful that these degrees will be approved and offered soon. They were specifically created health care professionals in mind who are looking for educational opportunities that academically prepare them to advance into higher levels of management within the health care industry.”
Collins started at SIU in 2000. She was a visiting instructor in the health care management program in 2003 before becoming an assistant professor in 2006 and an associate professor in 2010. Collins and her husband, Scott, who live in Carterville, have four children: Kari, Nathan, Savanah and Courtney.
Collins said the students’ letters supporting her nomination were “very heartwarming.” As a way to “pay something forward” to the university and honor student achievement, Collins rolled the $5,000 that goes with the Simon award into five $1,000 scholarships for students in the Health Care Management program.
“Students comments are a big reason I received the award so I felt the monetary stipend was theirs rather than mine. It was an emotional experience for me to read all their comments. Their letters were worth more than the monetary stipend and I will treasure them for years to come. It is very overwhelming to have received the award and I feel very privileged to be here,” Collins said.

March 18, 2014

Healthcare Administrators Shares His Expertise with HCM Students  

Mr. Kevin Rush is the Administrator of Radiology for TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He served as a guest speaker in HCM classes and discussed some of the challenges and opportunities in the field of healthcare management. 

He also is the newest member of HCM’s Community Advisory Board. 

Kevin Rush