Health Care Administration
Steven Aker Mosher
Since 1989, Dr. Mosher has served as the director of the Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin College. He is also a professor of health care administration and political science. He has held similar positions at Avila College in Missouri and Ferrum College in Virginia. He received his PhD in government and international studies from the University of South Carolina where he also received his Master of Arts degree in international studies and his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in political science.
Dr. Mosher’s 38 year career as an academic has involved teaching, researching, writing, consulting, mentoring, and making presentations at international and national conferences. He has spent considerable time investigating the field of long term care. He has a special interest in strategic management, global health, and quality of care issues in long term care. He has traveled widely, investigating the health care systems of Canada, Australia, Norway, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. He has received numerous grants, including two awards from the government of Quebec to analyze their health care system. He has also worked with a long term care facility in Nova Scotia to enhance its decision making system. He has completed four consultancies in the area of organizational behavior and development with the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents, the only children’s psychiatric hospital in Virginia.
The undergraduate program in health care administration that Dr. Mosher directs is one of only 45 such programs in the United States and Canada to be fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The program is also the only one of its type to be endowed.
Dr. Mosher is an active member in a variety of professional organizations including the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and he served for 14 years on the Planning Committee of the Augusta Health Care, Inc., a top 50 hospital in the United States. He currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Legacy of North Augusta. He is also the vice president of The Advisory Council for the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents.
Quality in long term care is the major research interest of Dr. Mosher. This interest is international in scope. It speaks to a commitment to the integration of academic and practitioner worlds to the betterment of the people served in long term care settings.
Donovan D. Branche
Dr. Donovan D. Branche earned a BA in Health Care Administration from Mary Baldwin College, and an MPA with a concentration in Health Care Administration and Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership Studies from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. She has worked for many years with health care facilities, local government and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Branche teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Health Care Administration, Health Care policy, politics and law, Health Care Research Methods and Health Care Ethics.
She has spoken at several conferences including the Lemon Symposium at the College of William and Mary and The Western Social Science Association in Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Branche has a variety of academic interests including health care disparities and implications of the Affordable Care Act on health care disparities, leadership diversity and leader emergence, feminist studies and black feminist standpoint theory. Dr. Branche is committed to molding future women leaders and having been an Adult Degree Program student is committed to being involved with adult learners.
Eileen T. Hinks
Dr. Eileen T. Hinks received her BS in biology at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and received a PhD in microbiology from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed a postdoctoral program in medical microbiology and immunology at Erie County Medical Center. From 1978 through 1988, Dr. Hinks held a variety of positions in a multi-hospital system in the Philadelphia area: Director of Microbiology and Immunology for three suburban hospital laboratories, Laboratory Manager at Rolling Hill Hospital and later, Corporate Laboratory Manager for United Hospitals, Inc. In addition to medical laboratory, infection control, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Hinks was an active member, symposium coordinator, and branch officer of the Southeastern PA branch of the American Society for Microbiology.
After a brief family hiatus, Dr. Hinks joined Mary Baldwin’s Adult Degree Program in 1992 as an instructor. She began teaching health care administration courses in 1999 and since 2001 she has been an adjunct assistant professor of health care administration. She teaches a variety of courses including Biology of Women, Epidemiology, Women’s Health Care Issues, Introduction to Public Health, and Public Health Issues. In 2005, she received a faculty development grant through the health care administration program to do original research in the area of pandemic influenza planning in the Roanoke, Virginia area working in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Health. Dr. Hinks is also a part-time instructor in the chemistry and biology departments at Virginia Military Institute where she teaches chemical science for liberal arts majors and a public health course. She has received two faculty mentor awards at VMI for her outstanding teaching.
John P. Wilkinson
John P. Wilkinson retired from the U.S. Navy as a CDR/MSC/USN in 1986. While in the Navy, he received a BS in health care administration from George Washington University and a MA in human resources management from Pepperdine University. He was a member of the faculty at seven universities and has been at Mary Baldwin as an adjunct professor in the HCA Program since 1990. Since retirement he has worked as the construction manager on various building projects, a farm manager, and worked for the American Red Cross in their health and safety program. He currently serves as Senior Faculty Mentor in the Health Care Administration Program, having retired from teaching in 2010.