Less than a year after earning his MBA in the Sacramento part-time program, Steven Brass, M.D., MBA 14, put his new skills and knowledge to work, joining the medical leadership team at a non-profit hospital in San Pedro, Calif., in March.
Brass is now director of medical affairs at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. It is part of the larger Providence Health & Services, Southern California, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry that operates six medical centers, 40 non-acute facilities including long-term care, home care and hospice, as well as physician offices, urgent care centers and a high school.
In his new role, Brass works closely with the medical staff leadership on oversight of quality and patient safety initiatives. With the MBA, Brass was quickly able to meet his a long-term goal to become a hospital executive.
“It’s important for physicians to be more knowledgeable about health care costs, and to be able to balance clinical effectiveness with cost effectiveness,” Brass said while he was earning his MBA degree. “If as a physician you do not get involved, someone else will start to make those decisions for you.”
Brass moved on from the UC Davis Medical Center where he was an associate professor and director of sleep medicine neurology. Previously, Brass served as associate director of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
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