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Fordham Workshops In Harrison Could Help Healthcare Workers Advance Careers

Fordham University in West Harrison, N.Y. will be holding workshops aimed at mid-level managers in the healthcare industry.
Fordham University in West Harrison, N.Y. will be holding workshops aimed at mid-level managers in the healthcare industry. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fordham University

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Weekend workshops scheduled this spring at the Fordham University campus in West Harrison could help mid-level managers in the healthcare industry advance up the career ladder.

Working with healthcare officials from the region, Fordham has created six two-day workshops. The workshops focus on positions of critical need in healthcare as it transitions from community-based facilities to larger, corporate structures.

Mary Jane O’Connell, Ph.D., the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, said the non-credit workshops are a prelude to a Masters program in healthcare administration the school expects to launch next year.

The workshops run from 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and a moderator and industry leader attend each session. The workshops include Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Issues; Data Analytics for Healthcare; Navigating the Healthcare System: Who Are the New Caregivers?; Healthcare Marketing, Social Media and Ethical Advertising; and Leadership and Critical Thinking in Healthcare.

Each workshop costs $500. Click on the attached PDF to learn more, or visit the Fordham workshop website .

O’Connell said the workshops were designed as a direct response to input from healthcare leaders. Dr. Scott Hayworth of Mount Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Richard Barakat of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center were among the many physicians and health officials who helped advise Fordham.

“Healthcare is the largest business in Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley,’’ O’Connell said. “The need to adapt and retain the healthcare services to the community depend upon our being able to provide a workforce that integrate into the needs of the stakeholders. Healthcare administration is a growing need that will be increasing.”

O’Connell said the workshops are geared toward people working in areas such as information technology, administration, communications, data security and analytics. “You don’t necessarily need a clinical background for these positions,’’ O’Connell said. “We’re interested in drawing people from other industries. What we want to do is bring them up to speed to apply their skills in a healthcare environment.”

Healthcare has changed markedly over the past few years. Many larger hospitals have brought community-based facilities into their tent. The Affordable Care Act has also created a need for more people to handle the growing group of individuals receiving public assistance for healthcare.

“There’s been consolidation to utilize services that can be implemented on a more cost-effective basis,’’ O’Connell said. “We’re moving away from the fee for service model to a wellness model. The incentive is to keep people out of the hospital, and the burden is shifting to employers to develop wellness programs.”

For more information, visit the Fordham University website or contact the school via phone or email at 914-367-3301 or

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