Master of Health Services Administration Students Awarded Scholarships

Master of Health Services Administration students, Jody Kinnes and Ashley Jacob, were named the 2018 Institute for Diversity and Health Equity American Hospital Association Leadership Summit Scholarship winners. A total of 10 students were selected as Summer Enrichment Program interns and will be given an opportunity to attend the 2018 AHA Leadership Summit where health care leaders will be discussing the critical issues facing the industry and strategies for enhancing the value and quality of health care.

To be selected, individuals had to submit an application that included a letter of recommendation and a one-page write-up on why they should receive the scholar

ship. The scholarship covers registration for AHA Leadership Summit, hotel and airfare. The summit will be held July 26-28, 2018 in San Diego, California.

“Not only is this my first leadership conference, but also my first time traveling to San Diego” stated Kinnes, a native of Jackson, Tennessee. “It feels great knowing I will be attending such a prestigious event as the AHA Leadership Summit due to the fruition of my constant work ethic.”

Both Kinnes and Jacob plan to graduate Spring Semester 2019 and pursue an administrative fellowship.

Jacob, from Gwinnett, Georgia, stated, “I am ecstatic about being named a recipient of this scholarship. Being able​ to attend the AHA Leadership Summit will provide me with a chance to network with top health care leaders in the field and hear from several keynote speakers offering insight and ideas which will equip me to lead organizations which I hope to manage in the near future.”

The Summer Enrichment Program aims to expand health care leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally and racially diverse individuals with a goal to increase the number of individuals entering and advancing in the field.

Sport Management Ranked One of the Best Degree Programs

Georgia Southern University’s online master’s degree in sport management was recently ranked one of The 25 Best Online Master’s in Sport Management Degree Programs by the website According to Best Schools, the ranking was based on the quality of the program, range of courses the program provides, as well as the program’s awards, rankings and reputation.

“It is an honor to be recognized along with the nation’s top sport management programs including Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, and Washington State University,” said Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Sport Management Christina Gipson, Ph.D.

The 36-credit, online program, housed in the Waters College of Health Professions, was designed to provide academic preparation and practical experience in the skills and techniques necessary to be successful in the sport business and leisure field. Students are able to complete the program in 24 months, or as their schedule permits. “Understanding our student base allows us to provide students with an academic experience that fits their needs. This ranking, along with others, recognizes our faculty’s dedication and commitment to providing our students with a student-focused program that contributes to a valuable and meaningful education. Our faculty continually set higher goals for the program and this honor pushes us to achieve more.”

Anderson Named Administrator of New Micro-Hospital

Georgia Southern University alumnus Ben Anderson (‘12) has been named the administrator/chief operating officer of the new micro-hospital being built by St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Pooler, Georgia. The small-scale facility will offer a broad range of medical services to the community including primary, emergency room, outpatient and specialty care.

Anderson received his Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree from Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah. While obtaining his graduate degree, Anderson began his career with St. Joseph’s/Candler (SJC) as an intern, then transitioned into data analytics learning the financial operations of the hospital. He served in several capacities with SJC before his appointment as administrator of the SJC Pooler Campus. As the lead executive of the new small-scale hospital, his duties include operational forecasting and planning, determining which service lines to incorporate, maintaining and promoting strategic partnerships, financial planning and building relationships in the community.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to make a mark in this area and help patients gain access to quality care, closer to home,” stated Anderson. “Paul Hinchey, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler, trusts in my abilities to be the face of the micro-hospital and to be such a large part of it is rewarding in itself.”

“Anderson is a strong advocate and supporter of our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and has served as a guest speaker for professional seminars, an internship preceptor and currently serves as a member of the MHA Program Advisory Board,” stated Joseph Crosby, Ph.D., professor of health sciences and MHA program coordinator for the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology in the Waters College of Health Professions. Anderson is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is currently working on his ACHE Fellow status.

The Master of Health Administration program, previously known as the MHSA, at Georgia Southern University prepares a highly qualified, diverse group of students for increasingly responsible leadership roles in health administration across the continuum of the health industry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Visit for more information.

Wilkins presents research at Rho Psi Research Day and SRHC

Tessa Wilkins, senior health sciences major with a concentration in health informatics, presented her research at Rho Psi Research Day at the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah, Georgia, and at the Southern Regional Honors Conference (SRHC) in Washington, D.C.

Under the guidance of Paula Tillman, DNP, assistant professor and program coordinator of health informatics in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Wilkins’ research titled, “Peer-Education with Pre-licensure Nursing and Health Informatics Students: How Electronic Health Records Impact the Patient, Nurses, and the Organization,” showed how peer education can be used to enhance the nursing program’s curriculum on healthcare IT, specifically the use of electronic medical records.

The Rho Psi Research Day is an annual event where nurses, vendors and students come together to present their research from the previous year.

“I enjoyed learning so much from the nurses’ presentations,” stated Wilkins, a Springfield, Georgia, native. “It was an eye-opening experience.”

Attendees had the opportunity to present research, to attend a discussion panel focusing on academic/practice collaboration for new graduate nurses and to hear from keynote speaker, Ann Marie Swindler, BSN, JD, LLM, CPHRM.

SRHC is an annual conference that features research conducted by honors students from across the southeast. Students are required to submit an abstract of their work and be selected in order to present at SRHC.

“Students from Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus and Statesboro Campus attended the conference, and it was a learning and bonding experience for both groups,” stated Wilkins. “It was a weekend filled with lots of research from every discipline on many different topics.”

While in Washington, students were given the chance to explore history and museums in D.C.

Langdon Receives Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Jody Langdon, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology in the Waters College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University, has been recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (SoTL).

Langdon was also awarded the 2017 Georgia Southern SoTL Award due to her outstanding contributions of the SoTL.

“It is an honor to be selected as one of this year’s award winners,” stated Langdon. “I am happy to represent Georgia Southern University and add to its long list of contributors to excellence in SoTL research.”

Annually, the Board of Regents recognizes two University System of Georgia faculty for their impact in the area of SoTL. As a recipient of the award, Langdon will receive a monetary award of $5,000. She was also recognized in front of more than 600 distinguished guests at the annual Regent’s Scholarship Gala in Atlanta on March 2.

A member of the Georgia Southern faculty since 2010, Langdon has made it her focus to embed SoTL into her teaching, research and professional service commitments. Nominations were reviewed by a panel of faculty and administrators from across the University System.

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