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Nathaniel Richardson

Nathaniel Richardson

Vanderbilt Master of Management in Health Care 2011

President - Decatur Morgan Hospital at Huntsville Hospital Health System


Finding Peace of Mind

Executive Gains New Confidence


Nathaniel Richardson Jr. draws on a quarter century of experience in strategic planning, integrating dynamic processes and overseeing cardiac services for the Huntsville Hospital Health System. But he also wanted to draw on deeper knowledge and broader expertise, especially in finance, to fulfill his responsibilities more effectively.

He found that Vanderbilt’s MM Health Care fit the bill. Along with a combination of “theoretical knowledge and practical experience,” the program offered a bonus. “The social events included my family and allowed them to participate in the process,” says Nathaniel, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. “That enhanced their understanding and support of my decision to go back to school.”

After one year, he says he took back to Huntsville a better understanding of managerial economics, a broader perspective for decision-making, and new “professional and personal tools to think critically through challenging situations.”

“Owen has given me peace of mind and confidence, and it has expanded my network, which is all-important in my professional growth,” Nathaniel says. “It is one of the best educational decisions I have ever made.”