Alumni Profile: Jessica Bryan O’Reilly | Class of 2010
Newport News, VA
- Current City:
Mt. Pleasant, SC
- Brief Biography:
I graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Biology in 2005. After working as an office assistant for a psychiatrist and a practice manager for a concierge family medicine practice, I decided to go back to school for my Masters. I graduated from MUSC with an MHA in 2010 and now work for Roper St. Francis Healthcare as a Practice Manager for Hospitalist, Palliative Medicine Program, and Neonatology services.
- Current Employer/Position/Responsibilities:
As practice manager, I am responsible for daily operations of three inpatient practices including financial management, physician recruitment and staffing, program growth and development, and quality measure reporting and improvement. I am also Chair of the Lowcountry Local Programming Council for American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In this role, I lead a committee to plan educational events, networking opportunities, and support for advancement to Fellowship for approximately 200 local ACHE members.
- Best Part of Your Job:
I work with very engaged teams that truly believe in the mission of our organization - healing all people with compassion, faith, and excellence. We work hard, and have fun too
- Unique Talents and/or Hobbies Outside of Work:
Living on the coast, I take advantage of any opportunity to be on the water. I enjoy kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding. I have the sweetest lab mix, Lola, that loves to run at the beach and play at parks. I love to travel and I’m active in my church.
- Greatest Professional Accomplishments:
I am very proud of leading the Palliative Medicine program to become the first Joint Commission Certified Program in the Southeast. Our program covers two hospitals that were 16th and 17th in the country to become certified. It was a great challenge and rewarding because palliative care is such an important service to help the seriously ill patients in our community. I am also proud to have passed the ACHE Board of Governors Exam last year. This distinction of Fellowship shows my dedication to the field of healthcare administration and has helped me grow professionally.
- Favorite MUSC Faculty Member:
Dr. Abby S. Kazley. She was really an inspiration for me to be passionate about the work one does. She was first to introduce me to ACHE, which I feel has driven me to become more involved in the field of healthcare administration. She is kind, fun, and wants the best for her students.
- What advice would you offer to current MHA students?:
Keep your books and find opportunities to learn after you graduate! Healthcare is always changing and continuing education is important to stay relevant.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?:
I hope to be in Charleston working in healthcare. It is difficult to predict what the landscape of healthcare will look like so I will continue to learn and grow and work with engaged people who always put patients first.