2013 William A. McLees Award Recipient

Congratulations to Casey Black!

At the 2013 ACHE Regent’s Breakfast & SC ACHE Chapter Meeting, Casey Black received the William A. McLees Award from the Medical University of South Carolina’s Master of Health Administration Program.

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

The William A. Mclees Award – Medical University of South Carolina MHA Program

The William A. McLees Award is an award established by the faculty of the Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management at MUSC in honor and appreciation of our colleague, Bill McLees, who served for a long time as the executive director of the Medical University Hospital and who later served on our MHA faculty. This award is presented to recognize a second year Residential MHA student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and a commitment to excellence. The criteria for this award include: leadership; professionalism; service to the community, the profession, the university and the department; and academic achievement and intellectual curiosity.

Casey Black

Mr. Casey Black has been selected as the William A. McLees Award recipient for 2013. This award is presented each year to a second year residential student in the MUSC Master of Health Administration program. Casey was nominated by several of his peers and then selected by an MHA faculty committee. The award recognizes an outstanding student in the MHA program who has demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership, professionalism, and service to the community, the university and his profession.

Casey Black graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Casey will graduate from MUSC with an exceptionally high grade point average that qualifies him for induction into an honorary society. While here, Casey has sought and been elected to several leadership roles including Vice President of the College of Health Professions Student Government Association and the Social/Philanthropy Chair of MUSC’s Student Alumni Council. He has worked to develop school based health clinics in an at risk neighborhood in Charleston, and organized a clothing drive for Lowcountry Orphan Relief. He has served as a Patient Ambassador at MUSC, providing comfort measures to patients and their families.

Casey interned this past summer in Cleveland, OH working in Human Resources at Lake Health in the Institute for Diversity Summer Emichment Program. One of his projects was to revise the performance conective action policy and the welcome celebration for new team members. He also assisted with the communication plan for the implementation of a new initiative. He has interned locally with Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston working on accreditations and helping with Joint Commission surveys. He has also completed internships at MUSC in Charleston with the Chief Nursing Officer and at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX.

After graduating, Casey will be heading to Toledo, OH to do an administrative fellowship with ProMedica. We know he will do an outstanding job! He is a capable, respectful, outgoing, and dedicated young man with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. His classmates love to work with him because they know Casey is passionate about health care management. He is a reliable, well organized, and motivated team member and is able to tackle and manage all challenges. We certainly believe Casey Black is a wonderful addition to the healthcare management field.

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