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Joshua HesterHometown: Dothan, Alabama

Research/Academic Interests

I am focused on the operations side of health care. Quality, strategic planning, and an understanding of the physical plant are major points of focus in my academic career. With a growing number of governmental regulations, these points of interest evolve into more significant players in a health care organization. My goal is to understand these factors and know how to adjust my decision-making accordingly when I enter the work force.

Prior Education

I graduated in 2011 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and a minor in Medical Sociology. My Health Care Management courses provided me with a background in the business of healthcare, while my Medical Sociology classes provided me with the often unforeseen concerns that many uninsured and underserved populations perceive. I believe that having knowledge of both parts of healthcare give me the insight needed to be a successful part of the Penn State MHA program.

Employment History

As a student, both in high school and college, I worked summer jobs at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama. I spent time in plant operations and medical records, and I took the opportunity to shadow many of the physicians in the hospital. As a part of the last semester of my undergraduate degree, I was able to intern in administration at a larger hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. These work experiences gave me an understanding of what it takes to run a hospital, from the bottom to the top, and shaped my view that every employee is just as important as the next.

Interests/Facts about Hometown

Dothan, Alabama is located in the southeastern corner of Alabama, approximately 10 miles west of the Georgia state line and 10 miles north of the Florida state line. Dothan is known as the “Peanut Capital of the World” and also boasts the title of a mural city.