Graduate Student Selected for Prestigious Health Administration Fellowship

January 10, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Megan E. McKeown, a masterís student in the Penn State health policy and administration program, has received an Administrative Fellowship from the Washington Hospital Center (WHC) in Washington, D.C. McKeown was the only person in the nation selected to receive the prestigious 2005-2006 fellowship, which will begin this June.

WHC is 907-bed tertiary care facility and teaching hospital that is widely recognized as one of the leading healthcare institutions in the country. In 2004, U.S. News and World Report named WHC as one of the best hospitals for cardiac care, cardiac surgery and the treatment of hormonal disorders, while the American Association of Retired Persons ranked WHC as one of the 30 best hospitals in the nation and its cardiac care program as one of the ten best. WHC is also the largest cancer care provider in the D.C. area and operates one of the busiest transplantation programs — kidney, pancreas and heart — on the East Coast.

A native of Ithaca, New York, McKeown received her bachelorís degree in kinesiology from Penn State in 2002. A three-time letter-winner for the Penn State womenís soccer team, McKeown was twice named Academic All-Big Ten during her career. She was also inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the College of Health and Human Development Honor Society.

As a graduate student, McKeown has served an administrative residency at New Britain (Connecticut) General Hospital, during which time she created Board of Directors orientation manual; attended various board and committee meetings; and participated in various healthcare conferences and forums. From August 2003 until May 2004, she served as the communication coordinator for Centre Volunteers in Medicine in State College, a nonprofit organization providing free acute and preventive health services to the medically underserved population in the region. While there, McKeown authored and edited successful grant proposals, assisted with the centerís public relations activities and coordinated all aspects of its first-year anniversary celebration.

This past September, McKeown co-founded the Penn State Master of Health Administration Association, an organization that brings together students interested in healthcare administration and establishes a network for students with faculty, alumni, and working professionals in a social setting. She currently serves as the vice president of communications for the organization.

McKeown is the daughter of John and Linda McKeown of Ithaca, New York.

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Editors: McKeown can be reached via e-mail at kmm262@psu.edu. For additional information, please contact Bill Hessert, director of college relations for the College of Health and Human Development, at (814) 863-4325 or swh4@psu.edu.