2013 Susie B. Yates Award Recipient

Congratulations to Chase Babcock!

At the 2013 ACHE Regent’s Breakfast & SC ACHE Chapter Meeting, Chase Babcock received the Susie B. Yates Award from the University of South Carolina’s Master of Health Administration Program.

Below is the complete write-up shared with attendees regarding this prestigious award.

The Susie B. Yates Award – University of South Carolina MHA Program

The Susie B. Yates Scholarship was created in memory of Susie B. Yates, Mother of William Yates, past president of the South Carolina Hospital Association. The Susie B. Yates Scholarship, which is limited to students from North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia, recognizes an MHA student with outstanding academic performance and potential for leadership. This award is given at the annual SC Hospital Association meeting.

Chase Babcock

Originally from Miami, Florida, Chase is currently a 2nd year MHA student at the University of South Carolina. Upon earning his B.A. in Economics from the University of South Carolina in 2008, Chase and his wife Erin moved to Tampa, Florida to work for a real estate investment firm. During this time Chase honed his communication, negotiation, and
project management skills in the acquisition of over $15M in distressed real estate assets.

In January of 2010, ten days after a 7.0M earthquake struck Haiti, Chase had the opportunity to serve on an emergency response surgical team in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. This trip to Haiti served as the catalyst for Chase to pursue a career in healthcare management and an MHA at USC. Using the experience he gained both in Tampa and Haiti, Chase has approached his studies equipped with the skill set to effectively lead while
maintaining a mission-minded vision.

As the president of the Healthcare Executives Student Association, Chase relied on his communication skills and passion for building meaningful relationships with his classmates to create vision and implement change. He led successful initiatives to increase the visibility of the MHA program at USC. An active ACHE member, Chase also competed in the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s case competition, where his team earned honorable mention. Chase has worked as a graduate assistant for Debbie Tapley, the VP of Operations at Palmetto Health. At Palmetto Health he worked on several projects to identify savings and reduce unnecessary variation across multiple ancillary areas.

Upon graduating in May, Chase will begin his career as an Administrative Fellow at Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. We are so proud of him! Chase has been a tremendous asset to the Master of Health Administration program, and we know that he will excel in his fellowship role. Faculty and staff of USC’s Arnold School of Public Health are extremely proud that Chase has been nominated for this award.

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