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Trinity HCAD Students are Tops

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The winning Trinity HCAD team

The winning Trinity HCAD team included, from left, student observer Christopher Munton with team members Aashini Patel, Hugh Jackson, and Justin Brewer, along with faculty adviser Brad Beauvais.

In an inaugural competition for students in healthcare management, Trinity students take first place

by Susie P. Gonzalez

Three graduate students in Trinity University’s Health Care Administration (HCAD) program have captured first place in a first-of-its-kind case competition for peers invited from similar programs from around the country.

All three are second-year students expected to graduate in 2016 who said taking part in the inaugural Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management at Baylor University in early November was stressful but an opportunity to apply classroom material to real-world problems.

Even sweeter than winning was the $12,000 in prize money split by students Justin Brewer, Hugh Jackson, and Aashini Patel. The HCAD program also received part of the purse.

“This is a case competition that has a distinct financial and quantitative emphasis and is designed so that all the work is done by the students,” said Ed Schumacher, professor and chair of HCAD, who added that the faculty adviser, Brad Beauvais, was not allowed to give input on the strategy. “For our team to take first place speaks to the high quality of our students and the preparation they receive here at Trinity. I couldn't be prouder of the three of them.”

In addition, Brewer earned an additional distinction as one of the three best presenters from the field of student competitors. Other teams in the competition were from UCLA (which took second place), Baylor (third place), University of Alabama at Birmingham, Virginia Commonwealth University, Xavier, St. Louis University, UC-Denver, and George Washington.

Brewer graduated from Texas State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. In January, he will begin a residency with Community Health Systems at Weatherford Regional Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas, where he also will take part in the systems’ Leadership Development Program. He added, “Our team excelled in the competition due to the quality education provided by the Trinity HCAD program and our support for one another.”

Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology from Wabash College and also earned a master’s in kinesiology and health from Miami University of Ohio. He has accepted an internship at the Tanner Health System in Carrollton, Ga., where he hopes to work after graduating from Trinity. Creating a “well thought-out business presentation in the span of about 11 hours was hectic,” he said, adding that it was nevertheless exciting to learn that he has the “ability to solve critical problems as a future healthcare administrator.”

Patel studied psychology and business foundations at the University of Texas at Austin. In February, she will begin consulting in the health advisory area of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. “This was a great learning experience,” she said. “We feel that the Trinity HCAD program and faculty members prepared us very well for this competition.”

Schumacher noted that another HCAD team placed third out of 25 teams at the National Association of Health Service Executive's annual case competition in October, making it the third year in a row to place in that competition’s top four finishers.

Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or @susiegonz.