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Baylor MBA Bramer Owens wins national healthcare essay contest

March 23, 2005

The American College of Healthcare Executives selected the paper by Baylor MBA student Bramer Owens as the winner of the 17th annual Hill-Rom Management Essay Competition in Healthcare Administration.

Owens, Bramer essay contest 05Owens' 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" took first place in the graduate student category, earning an award of $3,000 for himself and $1,000 for Baylor's healthcare administration program.

The award was presented on March 16 at the ACHE conference in Chicago, Illinois, at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon. A special Congress session was devoted to presentations of all the winning student essays. The paper will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

"My paper was about why the current problems of Not-For-Profit Hospitals are a result of a combination of historical, influences, regulatory inequities, and competitive disadvantages," Owens explained. "The paper then offers recommendations on how the hospital industry can resolve current problems and move forward stronger than before."

Healthcare programs throughout the United States can submit one essay on behalf of its program. The essays are judged by a review committee organized by the ACHE. Twenty Five programs submitted essays this year.

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