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Recognizing a Servant's Heart: Cummins Garners Director's Chair Honor

May 22, 2020

Photo of Katie Cummins accepting her award

Katie Cummins has received the Director's Chair Award for the 2019 graduating class of the Robbins MBA Healthcare Program. She is the third recipient of the annual award, which was conferred on March 29, 2019, at the Robbins Institute Advisory Council luncheon. The award, which is underwritten by Brig. Gen. Donald Wagner and his wife, Jan, recognizes the student who best exemplifies future potential in leadership and executive management.

"Katie demonstrated a servant's heart from the day I interviewed her during the 'Done-in-a-Day' admissions process," states Cherise Bridgwater, MBA, FACHE, director of Accreditation and Operations of the Robbins Institute. "I recognized early on that she would dedicate her life to helping others through healthcare. I cannot wait to see what a profound difference she makes during her life."

Cummins is grateful for the award and cites her experience in this program as one of the most impactful events of her career journey thus far.

She graduated from Lewisville High School in Dallas, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Texas A&M University. Cummins credits her grandmother's advice for her switch from speech pathology to the healthcare administration field.

During her administrative residency at the Capital Senior Living headquarters office in Dallas, Cummins completed a project working with 127 communities across 23 states. She helped create budget sheets and financial projections. She also participated in a supply chain project to standardize spending across all facilities, lowering the supply costs while still providing flexibility and product options for the best care. It was this project that sparked Cummins' interest in the supply chain management field.

After completing the MBA Healthcare Program, Cummins joined Emerus, the nation's first and most experienced operator of micro-hospitals. Through her position with Emerus, Cummins helps provide healthcare access for people who otherwise would not have any.

Cummins commends the Robbins Institute for providing her with the skills to succeed in her career. She states, "The values they instill in us, like servant leadership and the willingness to learn, are what set you apart from other candidates."

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