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Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Names Director of Health Systems Management Program

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) has named MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, EdD, MPH, director of the Health Systems Management Program, effective with the 2013 academic year. This program prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a career in the management side of the health care industry.

Dr. Sharp-Pucci previously served as an assistant professor in the Health Systems Management Program. Her teaching has included courses in comparative effectiveness research, outcomes performance methodology, health-care leadership and policy, health care in America, and health systems management. Dr. Sharp-Pucci also is a mentor for graduate and undergraduate students, and serves as an adviser for the graduate comprehensive examination.

"Dr. Sharp-Pucci has been instrumental in building Loyola’s Health Systems Management Program,” said Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, dean of the school of nursing. “Her background as an academician combined with her extensive experience in the health care industry make her ideally suited to lead this program.”

Dr. Sharp-Pucci also is founder and managing member of Sharp Health Strategies, which provides consulting services to academic medical centers, health plans, government agencies, and hospital networks. Her work focuses on health care quality-improvement initiatives and the planning and execution of health policies. Dr. Sharp-Pucci also is an advocate for improving health care for people with disabilities.

Prior to forming her business, Dr. Sharp-Pucci served as a senior consultant to Central DuPage Health and as an associate director in the Technology Evaluation Center for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. She has held academic appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Northern Illinois University. In addition, Dr. Sharp-Pucci is actively involved with the Institute for the Advancement of Home Care Medicine, and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Burn Care & Research.

The Health Systems Management Program includes:

A Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management – This is a non-nursing major that provides students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for entry-level positions within the health care industry.

Five-Year Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program – This dual-degree program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management and an MBA in as little as five years.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Health Systems Management – This degree prepares students with the skills and competencies that recognized nurse leaders in the field have identified as essential. Members of the program learn core nursing and administration concepts and theories with subspecialty preparation in either health care informatics or outcomes performance management.

Dual Degree MSN/MBA Program – This program provides for concurrent study in the MBA program and the MSN, Advanced Practice Nursing: Health Systems Management major, equipping nurse leaders to work in business and nursing administration.