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Alumni spotlight: Megan Cram, MHA 2013

June 17, 2024

Megan Cram

Name: Megan Cram

Degree and graduation year: Master of Health Administration, 2013

Current position: University of Missouri Health Care

What have you been up to since graduating from the MHA program at Mizzou?

Since graduating, I’ve been working in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Missouri Health Care. I’ve worked with Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery in inpatient as well as outpatient settings as an educator and clinical manager. I later managed an 80-bed Medicine department as a Clinical Nurse Manager and provided nursing leadership throughout the construction and development of one of the only integrated medicine units in the Midwest. Currently, I serve as the Director of Workforce Planning for MUHC.

I’m currently training for a jiu-jitsu competition, supporting my husband as he makes a career change to firefighter and EMT, reading a lot, and spending time with my 10-year-old son. He was born about a month after graduation – it is hard to believe it has been 10 years!

When it comes to your career so far, what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of a project that I helped to lead and implement that leveraged technology for early recognition of sepsis in hospital inpatients that led to a >60% reduction in the mortality index for my department.

How did your experiences in the MHA program prepare you for your career?

The MHA program provided a strong foundation for the administrative duties in my role such as project management, strategic planning, and financial acumen.

What advice do you have for MHA students who want to follow a similar career path?

I would recommend that you find a mentor and continue learning, whether that be through reading journals, taking certification courses, or other continuing education activities.

What is a favorite memory from your time in the program or a class that you really enjoyed?

I really enjoyed getting to meet and know people from a variety of healthcare systems and positions. The variety of insights was always insightful and I made lifelong friends and colleagues.

Why should potential students get their MHA from Mizzou?

The executive MHA is extremely flexible and allows you to continue in your career while furthering your education. It lays the foundation for the essential skills needed to lead in a dynamic healthcare environment.