By Emily Scott
Nathaniel Richardson (MMHC‘11) was the Vice President of Regional Services for an 11-member hospital system in Huntsville, AL, when he began evaluating his career options as a senior-level executive. After weighing the possibilities, he decided that it was clear his path forward would require extensive knowledge in management, combined with a vigorous understanding of finance and accounting principles.
This led to a wide-ranging search for a graduate-level program that would fill this gap of knowledge and prepare Richardson for the next step in his career. He landed on the Master of Management in Healthcare (MMHC) program at Vanderbilt, which he says complimented his degree in Radiological Sciences and Business by creating continuity between his clinical experience, business experience, and real-world healthcare exposure. “Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management was recommended by a peer, which proved to be one of the best educational decisions I have made,” he said.
Since graduating, Richardson has earned 3 major promotions, the first only months after wrapping up the MMHC program. In May 2020, he was recruited by the University of Maryland Medical System to become the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Maryland Capital Region Health. The University of Maryland Medical System is the largest healthcare system in the State of Maryland, with 13 member hospitals and annual revenues of $4.5 billion.
Click through Richardson’s timeline below to find out how he got the promotion.