DeSales MBA Student and Health Care Professional Receives Annual Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award
Stephanie Taormina, manager of physician recruitment and retention at the Pocono Medical Center, and an MBA student at DeSales University, is this year's recipient of the annual Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award. Taormina received the award during a ceremony held at DeSales earlier this month.
The Hal Dolenga Award recognizes an outstanding student in the health care systems management concentration of the DeSales University MBA program. It 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 University has hosted the award ceremony for the past seven years.
The award was presented by the Lehigh Valley chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). ACHE, the premier professional educational group for health care leaders, is an international professional society of over 30,000 health care executives, who lead the nation's hospitals, health care systems, and organizations.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Health Executive Network (EPAHEN) is the local chapter of ACHE. EPAHEN has worked closely with DeSales to launch a student chapter of ACHE. The goal of the student 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.
Taormina, who has extensive experience in health care, joined the staff at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., as an outpatient physical therapist in 2002. She was promoted to physician recruiter in 2004, and assumed her current role as manager of physician recruitment and retention in 2005. Prior to the Pocono Medical Center, she was aquatic therapy program manager at Chestnut Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Wyndmoor, Pa., and a physical therapist with Riverside Rehabilitation Center in Hazleton, Pa. She also is a home health physical therapist with Gentiva Health Services in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
"Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I had a deep seated desire to care for others. That grew with me from adolescence into adulthood," says Taormina. "It is a great honor to be chosen as the recipient of such a prestigious award. I will uphold the values of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and DeSales University."
A resident of Stroudsburg, Pa., Taormina earned a bachelor of science in biology from East Stroudsburg University and a master of science in physical therapy from College Misericordia. She is currently pursuing a master of business administration degree from DeSales.
For more information, please contact the MBA office at DeSales University at 610-282-1100, ext. 1448.
Press Release: DeSales MBA Student and Health Care Professional Receives Annual Dr. Hal Dolenga Emerging Leader Award | Posted on: 12/21/2006
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