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Student Spotlight: Deanna Cabada

Deanna Cabada
“Never quit on your dreams”
What motivates Deanna to do so much? She says you have to learn by doing. There will be obstacles and you learn to get around them.

Health Systems Management (HSM) senior, Deanna Cabada is hard to pin down. Whether she’s conducting a survey of free and charitable clinics, enrolling patients in clinical studies or investigating green practices at U.S. healthcare companies, Deanna is on the go.

Deanna has sought out these experiences with one question in mind: “what can I learn that will help me when I become a healthcare executive?” Deanna was successful in attaining internships and assistantships at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, the Provost’s Office at the Health Sciences Division and Stritch School of Medicine, as well as several appointments at the University of Chicago Medicine, where she earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

One of Deanna’s goals is to always understand more, whether it’s healthcare quality, administrative policies or sustainability practices. “It all adds up to what I know.” By her own description, Deanna is the quiet one in class, but she’s made a loud statement with all she has achieved outside the classroom. In that regard, she hopes she is an inspiration for others.

What motivates Deanna to do so much? She says you have to learn by doing. There will be obstacles and you learn to get around them. Deanna has her sights set on a masters or perhaps PhD in health administration. She says that’s a big dream for someone from her background. “All these experiences teach you to never quit on your dreams”.