When Meghan Keating Finneran became a board-certified fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives at the end of 2018, she immediately wanted to share her achievement with her former professor Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., MPA, RD, now dean of Sage’s School of Management.

“Thank you for being the professor of a degree that provided a solid foundation to my career,” wrote Finneran. She said her Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Sage prepared her for leadership roles at Albany Medical Center as she pursued the degree; in health care systems in New Orleans; and in Rochester, New York, where she is now senior practice administrator of the women’s health service line at Rochester Regional Health.

Finneran’s specific interest in women’s health began when she led a task force to improve prenatal care at a network of federally qualified health centers in New Orleans. That experience led to an opportunity to direct operations for women’s health services for one of the largest health systems in Louisiana, and to her work at Rochester Regional, where she manages finances and operations at 18 clinics that provide obstetrical, gynecology, urogynecology, gynecological oncology and maternal fetal medicine. “Women’s health is very interesting as an administrator, because the providers work in three different locations. Providers work in the clinic, have surgical cases and deliver babies. That creates more complexities to take into consideration with a lot of overlap but also variability,” she said. “Physicians pick a specific area to do a residency and then practice in. I feel as administrators, we can have areas of special interest as well.”

“Sage provided me with the skill set to apply business knowledge to the ever evolving and complex health care environment,” continued Finneran, adding that the coursework also prepared her to pursue the prestigious Lean Six Sigma Black Belt management credential as well as her recent FACHE designation. “Some of our coursework overlapped with the MBA which gave me that strong business knowledge, yet the specific information needed to succeed in the health care environment,” she said. “I still reference some of my quality and finance text books.”