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About Merage

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Dean Eric R. Spangenberg took the reins at the Merage School on June 1, 2014. As a passionate educator and international scholar, Eric is looking forward to working with the entire Merage School community to continue achieving excellence in business education.

We Appreciate Your Support


With every new program accolade, world-class faculty member and state-of-the-art facilities improvement, we are constantly reminded – and we are exceptionally grateful – that we have friends whose contributions enable the School to truly rank among the best in the world.

We sincerely thank those members of our various boards and support groups for their most generous support:

          
          Corporate Partners, Sponsors and Contributors
          Mentor Partners

          Dean’s Leadership Circle Members
         
          Advisory Board Members
               Dean’s Advisory Board
               Health Care Management Program Advisory Board
               Real Estate Program Advisory Board
               The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board
               Center for Wealth and Investment Management Charter Members
               Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations

 

 

Donor Spotlight

 

Dr. Richard Afable

MD, MPH, President and CEO, Covenant Health Network
Member, Dean’s Advisory Board


The Paul Merage School of Business - Donor Spotlight - Dr. Richard Afable As President and CEO of Orange County’s largest independent hospital, Dr. Afable leads a team of more 4000 employees and 1000 medical staff. Under his leadership, the National Research Corporation has endorsed the 511-bed facility as Orange County's most preferred hospital based on overall quality of health care services and places Hoag in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide. 

Dr. Afable has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East, an East Coast health system comprising 31 acute care hospitals and 47 long-term care facilities. Early in his career, Dr. Afable spent ten years in private practice in Chicago, specializing in internal medicine and geriatrics.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University in Chicago and an MD from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He obtained his MPH degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and a certificate in business administration from Villanova University.   

Toward More Effective Healthcare Delivery

“We see the Merage Center for Health Care Management and Policy (add link) as a key change agent in policy and delivery,” says Dr. Afable. “Its record of innovation and discovery, its esteemed faculty, and its ability to draw top policy experts poises the Center to make a real impact on issues we’re interested in, such as affordable health care delivery.”

Election year uncertainty notwithstanding, Afable is excited about the Center’s role in the year ahead. “We can and will make a difference to improve quality of care for patients throughout the country.”

Under the leadership of noted health care economics scholar Professor Paul J. Feldstein (add link) (the Robert Gumbiner Chair in Health Care Management) the Center brings together the school's key health care policy and education areas.

But Feldstein, Afable and the others agree that the Center is not just for the pundits. “One of the challenges in health care is that everyone – from consumers to providers – needs to be much better informed about health care issues,” says Jeff Margolis, Chairman and CEO of the TriZetto Group. “We see one of the Center’s roles as a center of accessible information.”

The Center is currently focused on issues such as insurance coverage and third party payers and is examining innovative new approaches to heath care. Its annual Health Care Forecast Conference draws policymakers and thought leaders to discuss trends and look toward the future of health care.