Now at Emory, Hrabowski credits her Carey education for providing her with the ability to act as a better patient advocate, optimizing outcomes and safety measures, while providing valuable insight for improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare at the clinics.
“I never realized how unique my education was until I came into this position at Emory. To have the MSN and the MBA, especially from a university like Johns Hopkins, I have the perfect balance. I acclimate to situations quicker and can better command a room,” said Hrabowski.
Her daily responsibilities include both the clinical and business side of operations, tapping into strategies for what is needed to run an efficient business while also thinking like a provider.
“I certainly need to know business strategies, but I also need to think like a clinician on issues pertaining to our providers and patients. I have to combine the two skills so the clinics make sense from both ends. And it’s now much easier to understand because of the extra tools I have gained from Carey,” Hrabowski said.
Because her role has so many facets, Hrabowski attributes the dual degree for the capability to marry the clinical and business aspects of building, opening, and operating the clinics.
“My role does it all – HR, budgeting, managing inventory, surgical scheduling, and more – it keeps me interested. I’m able to collaborate much more having both sets of expertise than if I only graduated with one. And I have no qualms when speaking about medical or business terminology. The dual degree really set me up for success,” she said.
Her parting words were for prospective MBA/MSN students: “Just start. Carey makes it so easy for the working professional. With the flexibility you have in the program, the reward far outweighs anything you could imagine.”