College of Health Professions Alumni Awards & Recognitions
Distinguished Alumni Service Award Criteria
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to one or more graduates of the MUSC College of Health Professions in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, service to the individual’s profession, the community, the College, and/or the University, excellence in leadership, professional growth, and/or educational advancement or service.
Mr. John Sanders | 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
|Mrs. Anne DuRant (MHA Class of 2001), Mr. John Sanders (MHSA Class of 1989), and Dean Saladin|
Mr. John Sanders graduated from MUSC in 1989 with a Master of Health Services Administration, the precursor of the MHA degree. John has served as Administrator of the MUSC’s Children’s Hospital and Perinatal Services since 2003 and is responsible for hospital operations including impatient and outpatient services.
Since John joined the MUSC Children’s team, the hospital has received top rankings from Child Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, American Health Magazine, and The Best Doctors in America.
Most recently, the MUSC Children's Hospital ranked 15th in 2012 for children's cardiology and heart surgery in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Children's Hospitals. These accolades could not have come about without superb leadership of its top administrator.
John also provides outstanding support to the MHA program including: serving as a guest speaker, assisting the faculty in program development, and by providing helpful input and attending the preceptor sessions with the site team.
Perhaps John’s biggest contribution to the MHA program has been his championing of the program and the students with other administrators at MUSC. Before he came to MUSC in 2003, the MHA students had few opportunities to complete administrator internships or fellowships at MUSC. John dramatically changed that - He has served numerous times as a preceptor for our students and has taken at least one MHA student under his wing as an administrative fellow each year, providing them with a stellar fellowship experience. John continues to mentor graduates and fosters their career path even after their fellowship is complete.
John has been and continues to be an exceptional role model for our MHA students and a wonderful resource for our faculty! Congratulations to John, our 2012 MUSC College of Health Professions Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner!