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CHICAGO, March 4, 2002—Judy A. Cordeniz of SetonWorldWide, the online campus of Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., won first place in the graduate division of ACHE's 2002 Hill-Rom Management Essay Competition in Healthcare Administration for her essay "Recruitment, Retention, and Management of Generation X with a Focus on Nursing Professionals." In the undergraduate division, Kathryn E. Kerwin of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., placed first with "The Role of the Internet in Improving Health Care Quality."

Cordeniz and Kerwin will each receive $3,000 and a plaque; their schools will each receive $1,000. In addition, the first-place essays will be published in the Journal of Healthcare Management, ACHE's official journal.

The second-place winner in each division will receive $2,000 and a plaque. In the graduate division, R. Brent Rawlings of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, placed second for his essay, "At the Edge of the Quality Chasm: Bridging the Gap with Complex Adaptive Systems Theory." In the undergraduate division, Marilyn Filippo of Governors State University, University Park, Ill., won second place with "Improving the Retention of Nurses."

Tracey Lynn Perez Koehlmoos of the University of South Florida, Tampa, won third place in the graduate division with her essay "Innovation, Implementation, and Implosion: A Public-Private Partnership Struggles to Survive in the Changing Environment." Greer Gray of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, placed third in the undergraduate division with "To Err Is Human, but Should It Be Reported?" Third-place winners will each receive $1,000 and a plaque.

The six winners will accept their awards on Wednesday, March 20, at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE's 45th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

The annual competition is sponsored by Hill-Rom, which provides solutions for clinical and financial outcomes. Based in Batesville, Ind., Hill-Rom offers a range of products, clinical process improvements, and support backed by service centers in both the United States and Canada.

The awards program was developed to stimulate student writing about important issues and developments in healthcare management. It is open to all ACHE Student Associates enrolled in either a graduate or undergraduate U.S. or Canadian health administration program that sponsors an ACHE student chapter. For more information and submission guidelines, contact Reed L. Morton, Ph.D., FACHE, associate director of ACHE's Division of Research and Development.

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