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Pat Dewaratanawanich

Vanderbilt Master of Management in Health Care 2011
Financial Manager, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Thinking in a New Way

Putting Knowledge behind the Numbers

During a career spanning more than 25 years in health care, Pat Dewaratanawanich has developed a singular ability to analyze and apply information. As a senior fraud investigator, first for the Medicare Administration and then in the private sector, Pat studied and prepared cases involving alleged health care fraud. Her ability to learn quickly, she says, resulted in opportunities to move into other areas of insurance operations, such as resolving appeals from providers.

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was worked since 2001, Pat is responsible for financial reports, dashboard and profitability analysis for the hospital’s cancer clinical enterprise.

Despite her long experience, she says, “I knew there was still much more to the business of health care.” She pursued an MM Health Care from Owen to “help me close the gap and gain management-level knowledge, new skills and connections.”

Pat, who came to the US from Laos in 1983, credits the program with helping her develop a new way of thinking. “It has helped me see the big picture of how initiatives or specifics fit into strategic planning,” she says. “Now I have tremendous confidence that I can be an integral part of any team.

“America is the land of opportunity, and Owen has taught me that anything is possible.”
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