April 27, 2016

Grace earns prestigious AUPHA award

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Christopher Grace, a senior in health care management from Ava, is the recipient of a prestigious award from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). 

Grace is receiving the organization’s Bugbee-Falk Award, established to honor the contributions of George Bugbee and Dr. Isidore S. Falk to the development of health services administration. The award consists of several books from the health administration field and general management, and helps form the foundation of the recipient’s professional library. The organization selected SIU Carbondale’s Health Care Management program for the award; Grace was a unanimous choice by department faculty. 

The award will be helpful to Grace because the textbooks “have been hand-selected by field experts with the intention on building the student’s knowledge of health care related concepts, theories, challenges, and opportunities,” Sandra Collins, associate professor and health care management program director, said. 

Grace will earn his bachelor’s degree at commencement exercises May 14 at the SIU Arena. He has been accepted into the university’s health care administration master’s degree program. 

“It is a great achievement that the Southern Illinois University Heath Care Management program was selected by AUPHA to receive this award,” Grace said. “I am very honored to be selected as the individual recipient, and will use this award to advance my career and become an ambassador for the Health Care Management program.”