Baylor Hosts Inaugural Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management

November 5, 2015

Team from Trinity University takes first place, awarded $12,000

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 5, 2015) – Graduate students from universities across the nation came together at Baylor University to compete in the inaugural Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. The event is hosted by the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.

“The competition was designed to provide a forum for master’s-level students to participate in a national case competition in healthcare management with a distinct financial emphasis,” said Scott Garner, administrative director of the Robbins Institute. “This is an increasingly critical area of expertise within the healthcare industry.”

Winners of the competition earn national recognition, plus cash awards. The team from Trinity University took first place and $12,000. The University of California–Los Angeles earned second place and $8,000. Baylor University earned third place and $4,000.

Best presenters were chosen from each of three preliminary round panels. They earned $500 each. They included Willis Masdon from the University of Alabama–Birmingham; Patrick Adams from Xavier University; and Justin Brewer from Trinity University.

Awards were also given for students handling the question and answer best in the three preliminary round panels, earning $500 each. They were Sarah Doherty from Saint Louis University; Claire Crawley from the University of California–Los Angeles; and Lorena Malecha from the University of Colorado–Denver.

Participating teams included George Washington University, Saint Louis University, Trinity University, University of Alabama–Birmingham, University of California–Los Angeles, University of Colorado–Denver, Virginia Commonwealth University, Xavier University, and Baylor University.

“The competition allows the students to meet and network across universities and with healthcare industry professionals who serve as judges, case developers and competition sponsors,” said Tom Haines, associate administrative director of the Robbins Institute. “It enables academic-industry partnerships to be formed and creates a valuable transfer of knowledge from healthcare professionals to students and faculty.”

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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