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Graduate School Spotlight

Ronnie Ursin, MBA’12, DNP, NEA-BC, FACHE, has been named president and CEO of Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pennsylvania. He began his duties Jan. 2.

When asked “Why Hood College?,” he pointed out that Hood’s MBA program offered exactly what he desired.

“The program was offered in a traditional manner, the location was suitable for my travels to and from work, and the faculty were highly regarded professionals with a vast array of experience in practice. Hood College had a very good reputation, and tuition was affordable.”

Ursin says all of his programs were exceptional and invaluable to his growth in the nursing and healthcare industry, but Hood’s MBA helped him to truly become well-rounded in health care leadership.

“The MBA gave me a much broader perspective of business knowledge related to management, economies of scale, marketing, leadership, finance, investments and more. I have been able to utilize the knowledge gained in the MBA program as a nurse leader, nonprofit board member, and now a CEO.”

Ursin has also been able to capitalize on his financial expertise to leverage growth and financial stability in his responsibilities as a hospital executive. For instance, he managed to reduce labor cost related to contracted labor by more than 90 percent in one year.

His advice to current MBA students is to stay focused and never take any MBA lesson for granted.

“Most of the concepts, including financial analysis, valuation, reporting, market analysis, project evaluation and risk management will be valuable to you in any role you acquire as an expert in business administration.”

For example, he did not fully understand the fundamentals of investments until he completed the program’s investment course. Today, he has multiple investment accounts and the knowledge to manage those accounts without paying others to do it for him. Professors are also a great resource every student should utilize. He gave special mention to Anita Jose, professor of management, who he described as instrumental in his academic success.

“Lastly, I encourage each MBA student to market and tell someone else of the quality of education received at Hood College and the MBA program.”


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