Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Advisory Board Member

We are pleased to announce that Steve Chies has agreed to become an advisory board member for the health administration programs at Saint Joseph's College of Maine/Division of Graduate and Professional Studies!

Steven currently serves as Senior Vice President for Operations at the Benedictine Health System Corporate Office in Cambridge, Minnesota. In his role at BHS, he is responsible for operations at 60 long-term care facilities.

Mr. Chies has an extensive background in the healthcare field. Prior to joining the Benedictine Health System, Mr. Chies served as an administrator at Park River Estates Care Center for 21 years where he had overall responsibility for the operation of a skilled nursing facility. He also was district director for U.S. Congressman Gerry Sikorski.

In addition, Mr. Chies served as the president of Care Paradigms Management, Inc. and president of North Cities HealthCare, Inc. Active in professional and community organizations, Mr. Chies has served as a member of the board of directors and president for Care Providers of Minnesota, and has recently served as Chairman of the American Health Care Association. He is also a past chair and officer for the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators.

Steve is also a past treasurer of the Long Term Care Foundation and is a past officer for the Anoka Country Division of the Minnesota Affiliate of the American Heart Association. He has presented at many national and regional meetings as well as a guest lecturer at several colleges and universities.

Mr. Chies is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and attended the Long Term Care Administration program also at the University of Minnesota.
Areas of Expertise:
· Long Term Care Payment Systems
· Organizational Management
· Strategic Positioning

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Summer Session in Maine

It is nearly time to register for our summer programs for 2008!!!

We are offering traditional 2-week summer courses during summer session 1 (June 9th to 20th).

During summer session 2 we are offering two options that are brand new!!! During the first week (July 15th through 19th), we will be holding a health care symposium that will bring together experts in the various areas of the business of health care. We are offering ten 3-hour sessions that will provide important information and opportunities for health care administrators. The symposium may be attended for 3 credits in either HA 401 or HA 685 (Special Topics) or it may be attended for continuing education credits.

We are also offering some hybrid courses that will include one week on campus during summer session 2 (July 21st through 25th). The hybrid courses include five weeks of online work with just one week on campus. The hybrid course offers a terrific opportunity to take only one week away from your busy life to come to campus but still complete a 3 credit course.

These summer offerings provide an opportunity to significantly accelerate your program completion!! It would be possible to take two courses in summer session 1 (6 credits), as well as attending the symposium (3 credits) and taking hybrid course (3 credits) for a total of 12 credits earned over the summer and you would only need to be on campus for two 2-week periods.

These options also offer a great opportunity to build a network of peers, meet your instructors and advisors, experience the campus and allow you to spend time on beautiful Sebago Lake!!

Registration begins March 17th!! You will be able to register on-line at our new web site.

If you have not visited the web site lately, you will want to see the amazing changes we’ve made!!