Health Programs Launch Distinguished Guest Lectureships

Suffolk University has created the position of Distinguished Guest Lecturer of Healthcare Administration, Sawyer Business School Dean William J. O’Neill, Jr., announced today. The first appointee is Jeanette G. Clough, a 1996 graduate of Suffolk Healthcare Programs who is now President and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital and a trustee of the American Hospital Association.

“This appointment honors Jeanette’s contributions to Suffolk University and her stellar professional accomplishments" O’Neill says. Her appointment runs from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2012.

At Mount Auburn, a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Jeanette oversees a $350-million annual budget and guides 2,800 staff and 850 physicians. She transformed Mount Auburn from a fiscally ailing institution into a healthy one while improving patient safety and quality of care, and employee satisfaction. Boston Business Journal named it a “best place to work” for the fifth consecutive year in 2010.

Distinguished Guest Lecturers will play a role at Suffolk that complements other “beyond the classroom” features of the graduate Healthcare Programs. Designed to give students opportunities to hear from and interact with professionals in the healthcare field, those features include internships, mentoring, participation in professional organizations, and talks by guest speakers who appear in classrooms at the invitation of course instructors

The Distinguished Guest Lecturers will play a more extensive role than classroom speakers. Each lecturer will present two formal talks, on subjects of their choosing, to which students, faculty, and alumni will be invited. Those talks will be widely shared via video and podcasts. Lecturers will also join a select group of healthcare students at a dinner at which career paths and important industry issues can be discussed.

“Jeanette was an outstanding panelist at our major April 2009 event, Women Making a Difference in Healthcare, notes Healthcare Programs Operating Director Rick Gregg, “and she’s been a loyal friend and valued advisor to our programs for some years. We’re delighted that she’s accepted our invitation to serve as the inaugural Distinguished Guest Lecturer and that our students will have the benefit of her tremendous experience and insights. As a student at Suffolk, she learned from our programs; we continue to learn from her. It’s a beautiful circle.”

Click here to read Jeanette’s alumni profile.

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