This spring, five students in Suffolk’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program went to Chicago for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership. They were accompanied by Professor Richard Gregg, director of Suffolk’s Programs in Healthcare Administration and a member of the Board of Directors of the ACHE of Massachusetts.

With more than 4,000 ACHE members in attendance, Congress is an opportunity for MHA students like Kelly Kort to connect with leaders in the field.

“Along with many inspiring and educational seminars, one highlight of my experience was the ACHE of MA chapter dinner, where I had the opportunity to get to know local healthcare leaders and meet Richard Corder, our new ACHE Regent for Massachusetts,” said Kort. She’s been involved with ACHE since her first semester at Suffolk.

“Congress is an exciting professional development opportunity, where you learn about the latest industry insight straight from national healthcare leaders. As a student, it connects you with other motivated students and professionals dedicated to a lifetime of learning and advancement,” she said.

Kort, who works as a nursing coordinator at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, plans to graduate from Suffolk in 2017. She expects her MHA degree to lead to career advancement opportunities in the near future. “Suffolk is helping me grow professionally by enhancing my skills and knowledge and building connections with alumni and professional organizations like ACHE,” she said.

Professor Gregg, who attends Congress each year, observed that not only did he and the students benefit from the educational seminars, but they also enjoyed a night out at a local tapas restaurant. “Dining with the students was one of the highlights of my time in Chicago,” he concluded.