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Georgena K. Barnes, M.H.A.’13

Barnes accepted an offer to become the new practice supervisor in the surgery department at The Iowa Clinic in Des Moines, IA. She oversees 15 physicians and 15 staff members and splits her time between the clinic’s downtown and west locations.  

— Anna Hudson

Patrick L. Cornett, M.H.A.’11

Cornett is finishing up a project with Samsung Hospital, Korea’s Centers for Disease Control, and the city of Seoul in fostering understanding and prevention of cerebrovascular disease. His work will include completion of a book detailing the project and its final outcome. Cornett lived in Seoul for about a year before returning to the United […]

— Anna Hudson

Brenda K. Jeffers, M.H.A.’03

Jeffers was named facility administrator of the new DaVita Dialysis unit in Ottumwa, IA. She was also appointed to the board of directors of the River Hills Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Ottumwa. River Hills is one of 14 federally qualified facilities in the state of Iowa. 

— Anna Hudson

Ashley J. Alm, D.P.T.’11, M.H.A.’14

Alm completed a post-graduate sports physical therapy residency program in October 2012 through ProRehab, PC, and the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. In June 2013, she received  designation as a sports-certified specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 

— Anna Hudson

Advance your career at DMU

Looking to be a leader in today’s ever-changing health care environment? Choose DMU and get started on earning your degree in either the master in health care administration or master of public health programs. The M.H.A. program at DMU was established to support professionals who wish to enhance their career with a degree while remaining employed. Three-quarters of the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Welcome to our MHA executive residency students!

This week, the Des Moines University community will welcome to campus students in the master of health care administration (MHA) program’s inaugural executive residency. These on-campus programs, each of approximately five days, will immerse students in real-world scenarios that integrate theory into practice. DMU’s MHA degree is designed for early- to mid-career working professionals who […]

— Fritz Nordengren