Master of Health Administration

Clarion Case Competition

CLARION Case Competition is just one of UIW's healthcare interprofessional educational opportunities!

The first annual UIW CLARION Case Competition was a SUCCESS!  Three teams presented Friday evening, February 28th, to a large audience and four distinguished judges from the San Antonio healthcare community.  The competition was tough.  Each team had excellent recommendations to improve the delivery of care for patients with congestive heart failure, but only one team could win.  The winning team members were Jan Ramos from the School of Pharmacy and Amber Ferrand from the School of Physical Therapy. This team will now move on to compete in the national competition at the University of Minnesota in April.  We wish them all the best as they go forward to represent UIW!

Winning Team with Judges

Winning Team with the Judges

From left to right: Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Raimondo, Jan Ramos (student), Amber Ferrand (student), ... Mr. Cowart, and Dr. Martindale

A Big Thank You to Our Judges

  • Jeff Cowart, Partner at Barlow/McCarthy Hospital-Physician Solutions and previous Senior Vice President, Growth & Sales at Baptist Health System, Vanguard Health Systems, San Antonio, TX
  • Justin Martindale, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPTPresident of Promotion Physical Therapy and Member of the Clinical Faculty for the Manual Therapy Institute, San Antonio, TX
  • Son Nguyen, M.D., Family Medicine Physician at WellMed, San Antonio, TX
  • John Raimondo, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, CEO and Clinic Director of Laredo Spine Medical Center and San Antonio Spine & Rehabilitation and CEO and Founder of Pulmonair, San Antonio, TX

Competing Teams in Action

Winning Team Presenting Winning Team Presenting

Jan Ramos from the School of Pharmacy and Amber Ferrand from the School of Physical Therapy (Winning Team)

Team 1

Ellen Robinson and Milagros Munoz from the School of Pharmacy and Emily Aven from the School of Physical Therapy

Team 2

Phu Dinh and Eunice Yoomin from the School of Pharmacy, Lillian Nguyen from the School of Physical Therapy, and Kimberly Smith from the School of Business MHA Program.


Winning Team and CLARION Grant Co-Investigators

Winning Team and CLARION Grant Co-Investigators

From Left to Right: Dr. Chris Garcia (Business School-MHA Faculty), Dr. Amy Crocker (Physical Therapy Faculty), Amber Ferrand (Physical Therapy student), Jan Ramos (Pharmacy student) and Dr. Blair Sarbacker (Pharmacy Faculty)

Did You Know - Part 5?

Did you know that UIW has opportunities for interprofessional education and collaboration among our UIW health profession programs? This is one way we are trying to prepare our students to make a difference in the healthcare system once they graduate.  One such opportunity is the UIW CLARION Case Competition and another is the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) initiative. Ask your health profession faculty about how you can participate.

Did You Know - Part 4?

What is interprofessional collaboration in the healthcare field? Interprofessional collaboration can occur when a diverse group of health professionals, typically from two or more professions, come together to collaborate with the patient to develop a care plan and to improve that patient’s health. Each profession makes their own unique contribution from within their scope of practice toward achieving this common goal — better health for the patient – while learning from each other on how best to care for the patient.

Harlan's Story - Part 4 (scroll down further for the earlier parts of the story)

Harlan and his family’s situation is not unique.  While this particular story is fictional, the story line is not.  This scenario is played over and over every day in the U.S, negatively affecting millions of patients and their families.  Someone you know or in your family may have had similar experiences surrounding congestive heart failure or another type of serious, chronic illness.  Despite good intentions and excellent health care providers, patients fall through the cracks in our dis-connected health system.  Would you like to know more?   Join the UIW CLARION interprofessional teams on Friday, February 28th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mabee Library Auditorium to hear the solutions they present during the first annual UIW CLARION Case Competition.

Harlan's Story - Part 3

Seven months later Harlan had severe chest pain and a heart attack at home. He was rushed to the hospital where he had a stent inserted and a pacemaker installed. He was hospitalized for 5 days and discharged to a transitional care facility.  While there, a member of the palliative care team approached Harlan and his family to talk about palliative care.  Harlan was vehemently opposed and refused to even consider it, saying that it sounded like a “death panel” to him.  Another 7 months passed and during this time Harlan boomeranged back and forth between the hospital and home with a series of diabetic and cardiac episodes. His poor wife continued to do her best to care for him, while her health was also starting to deteriorate from the strain.  Now Harlan’s health condition has deteriorated so much that he has been admitted to the transitional care unit and requires around the clock care.  Harlan’s estranged daughter is a licensed vocation nurse and she has suggested to her mother that they pursue an assisted living arrangement for Harlan as she is concerned about her mother’s health.  However, assisted living costs at least $5,000 per month; a nursing home would cost between $7,000 and $10,000. Her brother is opposed to any suggestions his sister makes.  What are they to do? The hospital case manager calls for a family meeting to discuss their alternatives.

Harlan's Story - Part 2

Following Harlan’s many medical office visits, he finds himself with more medications he can’t afford and confused about which ones he should take and in what order.  He and his wife are guessing as to which ones he can stretch the does on (that is, skip taking every day) so they can stretch their budget.  He also is less inclined to take some of the medications because of the uncomfortable side effects, but his cardiologist says he has to take them anyway.  Out of frustration, Margie, his wife, calls and leaves a message for his diabetes case manager for help.


Harlan's Story - Part 1

Harlan is 69, married, and a retired mechanic in the process of selling his auto shop business due to his poor health. He and his family have always struggled financially but have been able to pay their bills and not rely on social service programs, such as welfare.  He has Medicare health coverage, but nothing else. He hasn’t lived a particularly healthy lifestyle; he has had diabetes for 12 years, is significantly overweight, smokes cigarettes, drinks alcohol daily and has a low-quality diet (lots of fast food).

His health started deteriorating 14 months ago.  He was having chest pain and difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  He has since been referred to a pulmonologist, cardiologist and a case manager for his diabetes; however, there is little to no coordination of his care between his primary care physicians and his specialists.   The medical bills are piling up due to the many drugs being prescribed and the 20% of the fees not covered by Medicare.   What is he to do?

Did You Know?

What is CLARION? The word CLARION signifies a ‘call to action’—a clear and compelling directive to take action for a cause. The cause behind the CLARION Case Competition is to provide patients with safe and high quality healthcare. According to the Institute of Medicine Report (2000), over 98,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors. Miscommunication and lack of communication among caregivers are citied as the primary causes of the problem.  Recently, the Institute of Medicine identified academic curriculum as a critical contributor to current and future healthcare.

Something big is happening on UIW's Campus...stay tuned for more of this story and the event this is leading up to!

Here is a hint: These pictures are of students and faculty from the Feik School of Pharmacy, HEB School of Business and Administration’s Masters of Health Administration program, IIa Faye Miller School of Nursing, and the Physical Therapy School. They are participating in team building exercises at a local ROPES Course and are about to be part of someting BIG here at UIW and then nationally.

How hard can it be to pick up a pole anyway? You'd be surprised.....they were!

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