Health care organization to honor SIU Health Care Management students

By Brandi Courtois, Staff Reporter

Two students in SIU’s Health Care Management program will be receiving awards for academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement in health care activities.

The students being honored, Mitchell Dierkes and Savannah Hopkins, will receive awards from the Mid-America Healthcare Executives Forum later this semester, according to a news release from SIU.

The release said this is the ninth year the Mid-America Healthcare Executives Forum has presented an undergraduate award and the second year for a graduate student award.


The organization is a local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves over 200 professionals in the central and southern Illinois region.

Sandra Collins, professor and program director, said the organization’s involvement in educating and developing future healthcare leaders positively impacts students’ lives and careers in the release.

Dierkes, a senior in Health Care Management, will pursue a dual master’s degree in health administration and health informatics this fall, according to the release.

Dierkes was a member of the C-Suite Saluki Student Research team and he recently submitted a manuscript on physician burnout for possible publication.

Hopkins, an online graduate student pursuing dual master’s degrees in Health Administration and Health Informatics, will graduate with her degree in summer 2020.

Hopkins works for the UC Health University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She is the human resource manager for a network which employs more than 17,000 people.

Staff writer Brandi Courtois can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Brandi_Courtois.


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