DeSales MBA Student Receives Annual Dolenga Emerging Leader Award
Susan Irrgang, administrative coordinator at NewCourtland Elder Services in Philadelphia, Pa., and an MBA graduate from the DeSales University Lansdale campus, is this year's recipient of the annual Dolenga Emerging Leader Award. Irrgang received the award during a ceremony recently by the Lehigh Valley chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). The Dolenga Award recognizes an outstanding student in the Health Care Management System concentration of the DeSales University MBA program.
ACHE, the premier professional educational group for healthcare leaders, is an international professional society of over 30,000 healthcare executives, who lead the nation's hospitals, healthcare systems, and organizations. The organization is part of the Eastern Pennsylvania Health Executive Network (EPAHEN), which has worked closely with DeSales to launch a student chapter. The goal of the chapter is to provide a network for undergraduate and graduate students to meet, exchange ideas, contribute to the field, and advance the goals of ACHE. DeSales has hosted the local chapter of ACHE for the past six years.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Hal Dolenga, who helped establish the MBA program in 1990 and was the first director of the MBA program at DeSales. The honor includes a commemorative plaque and $500.
"Being a Health Care Executive in the 21st Century is both very difficult and very rewarding," says Irrgang, who also assists in the operations of the nursing homes in Philadelphia. "To be recognized by other professionals who work in the field and understand how challenging the job is makes receiving this award a great honor."
Irrgang just recently graduated from the DeSales MBA program earlier this month in Health Care Systems Management. She received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Arts in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph's College, and received a nursing diploma from Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing.
"The role of the Health Care Executive is changing rapidly and the education I received at DeSales has helped me prepare for these changes," said Irrgang, who grew up in West Chester, Pa. "With this education, I will be able to better serve the patients who depend on me for their health care needs, the employees who work with me providing the care, and the organization for which I work."
Irrgang currently resides in Horsham, Pa., with her husband Gene. She has a daughter Katherine Montague, and stepson Brett Irrgang.
For more information, please contact the MBA office at DeSales University at 610-282-1100, ext. 1448.
Press Release: DeSales MBA Student Receives Annual Dolenga Emerging Leader Award | Posted on: 2/10/2006
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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