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Rod Harkleroad

Rod Harkleroad

Vanderbilt Master of Management in Health Care 2010

Administrator at Riverview Regional Medical Center


Harkle's Road

Director Takes Fast Lane to Top Management


Rod Harkleroad entered the Master of Management in Health Care program to help him handle his growing responsibilities. Then he found his responsibilities increased even more.

A nurse by training, Rod worked five years at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital before Sumner Regional Medical Center as a nursing supervisor in 2006. A year later, he was promoted to Director of Orthopedic and Surgical Services. He knew he needed more expertise to handle his expanded management duties.

“I looked at many schools around the country,” Rod says, “but nothing topped Owen. The school’s reputation sealed the deal for me. Whenever I mentioned to other professionals that I was going to Vanderbilt, they all said, ‘When you get done you will be running this place.’”

They exaggerated only slightly. After starting the MMHC program, Rod was given additional service lines to oversee, and he became director of training and development for all three hospitals in Sumner’s system. He also chairs or serves on five hospital committees.

Rod credits his promotions to the new knowledge he gained in finance, marketing and accounting and a resulting ability to interact knowledgeably with leaders in other areas of the organization. “The program also helped me look at problems and solutions in different ways,” he says. “I expected a top-quality education, but I got much more.”