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    Sutter Health and UMass Amherst Team Up on MBA Program

    Latest Effort to Develop Future Heath Care Leaders and Foster Career Growth

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Mar. 15, 2012 - Building on the success of its Leadership Academy, a program for aspiring, high-potential leaders modeled after an advanced MBA program, Sutter Health introduces a new MBA opportunity for all employees through a unique collaboration with the renowned Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.

    Starting this month Sutter Health network employees may enroll in online MBA courses from UMass Amherst’s nationally-recognized program at discounted tuition rates. In addition, graduates of Sutter Health’s Leadership Academy benefit from waived elective credits in pursuit of an MBA with a Focus in Medical Management; the program will credit completed coursework in Sutter’s year-long academic and experiential learning program.

    “The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst is excited to partner with Sutter Health to offer its employees an MBA degree that serves as a powerful lever for successfully transitioning to administrative positions in health care,” said John Wells, associate dean for professional programs, UMass Amherst. “Upon graduation, Sutter Health employees will possess the business knowledge and skills to manage health care operations effectively and efficiently.”

    “This unique program will help interested employees develop new, in-demand skills,” said Mike Helm, senior vice president, human resources, Sutter Health. “We’re proud to offer this and many other learning and leadership opportunities to our employees.”

    The UMass program enjoys participation from 50 U.S. states and 23 foreign countries, lending great diversity to online discussions and activities.

    Interested candidates may access a complete program overview at For more information, they may contact MaryBeth Kimball at 413.545.5626 or

    Career Development at Sutter Health:

    • Annual Scholarships – Since 2003, the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program has awarded more than $5.5 million in college scholarship funds to help the children and grandchildren of Sutter Health and affiliate employees pursue their academic goals. Learn about the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program.
    • Leadership Academy – A nomination-based program available to high-potential leaders interested in senior/executive roles, Sutter’s Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to develop current and future-generation leaders through academic and experiential learning.
    • LEAD Program – Made possible through Sutter Health University, Sutter Health offers an internal learning and development portal with tools, leader tips, and other resources catered to an employee’s role in the organization (new leader, emerging leader, etc.) to support various career paths within the organization.
    • MCE – For more than a decade, Sutter Health has offered its Management and Clinical Excellence program (MCE). The unique, hands-on educational series, offered to a wide range of professionals across the Sutter Health network of physician organizations and hospitals, teaches participants how to effectively work together to further improve health care quality and efficiency for patients.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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    About the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts Amherst
    The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst offers a rewarding Master of Business Administration (MBA) program to meet an individual’s educational, career, and lifestyle goals. Accredited at the highest level by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Isenberg MBA is a rigorous program with a strong emphasis on experiential, collaborative learning. The Isenberg MBA program gives students the freedom to complete their degree on their own terms and the flexibility to pursue studies full-time at the flagship campus, completely online, or in a blended format at any of our satellite campus locations in Massachusetts.

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