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Taking the Plunge

Health Care Immersions Propel Sartoris' Career

Andrew Sartoris
Senior DirectorStrategy and Innovation, HCA

Vanderbilt MBA 2011

At Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), where he worked in internal consulting and physician practice management, Andrew Sartoris already had an entrée into his preferred field. But to advance a career in consulting, he believed he needed a stronger foundation in business principles and leadership skills that would “give me the opportunity to grow into any number of exciting roles.”

At Vanderbilt, he found what he was looking for barely one mile from HCA’s corporate headquarters. “I wanted to build on my previous health care experience and learn more about the industry,” he says. “Owen has the curriculum, the faculty, the affiliation with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, integration with the Nashville health care community, and a fantastic alumni network.”

Andrew’s Owen experience included immersion opportunities at VUMC, a policy immersion trip to Washington, a memorable Health Care Landscape class with Professor Larry Van Horn and Congressman Jim Cooper, a fact-finding trip to the UK with Nashville health care executives, and opportunities to learn from influential health care leaders.

He came away with what he sought: “a better understanding of the industry and the skills to go into consulting”—skills that landed him a job with Deloitte upon graduation. “After gaining real-world project experience,” he says, “I’m better prepared to take on any business challenges that come my way.”