Baylor MBA Takes Second Place in National Healthcare Essay CompetitionApril 10, 2007
Matt Link, a Baylor MBA student specializing in healthcare administration, recently earned 2nd place in the 19th annual American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) student essay competition for his essay titled "The Impact of Illegal Immigration: Standing on the Border of Public Health, Ethical, and Financial Decisions." In his essay, Link addresses both the legislative and ethical obstacles faced by the healthcare industry and suggests steps that should be taken to seek a resolution to this issue.
"Since illegal immigration had been such a recognizable topic recently I wanted to look at the impact illegal immigrants are having on our healthcare system," Link said. "It was an honor to be recognized by ACHE. I believe this honor speaks volumes for the quality of both the MBA and specifically the healthcare administration program at Baylor."
The ACHE competition is open to students from healthcare programs throughout the United States and was developed to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession. Essays were subjected to a thorough review by panels composed of practitioners and faculty, who employed the following equally weighted criteria to select the winners:
Significance of the subject to healthcare management
Innovativeness in approach to the topic
Thoroughness and precision in developing the subject
Practical usefulness for guiding management action
Clarity and conciseness of expression
Link was presented the award at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Address and Luncheon during the March 2007 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in New Orleans. His award included an executive pen set, $2,000 cash, and an all expense paid trip to attend the Congress.
A Baylor undergraduate from Sherman, Texas, Link received his BBA degree with majors in economics and management in May 2005. He was a member of Student Foundation, Omicron Delta Epsilon (honor society in economics), and Kappa Omega Tau Fraternity. As an undergraduate, he held summer internships at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco and at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. While in the MBA program, Link has been a member of the Graduate Business Association and recently completed a seven-month residency at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
Link continues a winning tradition for the Baylor MBA healthcare administration program. Bramer Owens placed 1st in the competition in 2005 with his paper titled "The Plight of the Not-for-Profit: How current controversies are a reflection of the historical, regulatory, and competitive environment of the tax-exempt hospital." Owens is currently employed as the Director of Business Development in the Baptist Health System, San Antonio, Texas.