UCCS graduates 1st healthcare-management class

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The first participants in a new healthcare management program coordinated by the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring School of business graduated Thursday.

The UCCS school of business collaborated with local healthcare organizations and businesses to design a certificate program of five courses over two months designed to prepare healthcare professionals new supervisory and management roles.

The program graduated its first 12 students who otherwise would have had to go out of town for training, said spokeswoman Jana Hyde.

“We were able to keep education and employee dollars in Colorado Springs,” she said.

Creation of the program was the culmination of a discussion between UCCS and community healthcare organizations about providing resources through local expertise and keeping those professional development dollars here in the community, according to a release from the school of business.

Managers from Colorado Springs Health Partners, Centura Health, Memorial Health System and El Paso County Health participated in the program that addressed topics ranging from leadership, managing individuals, working in teams, and changing and improving organizations.

“They will be ready to tackle workplace challenges with fresh perspective and skills to lead their organizations,” Debbie Chandler, executive vice president and CEO, Colorado Springs Health Partners, said in a statement. “This partnership with UCCS provides customized training to our employees and keeps those dollars in our local economy.”