Marymount alumnus David P. Zwerski, director of Heart and Vascular Services at Medstar Washington Center, has started a Health Care Management Scholarship at his alma mater
. He earned his M.S. in Health Care Management (HCM) at MU in 2007. The scholarship is for graduate Marymount students in the HCM program, who have a 3.5 GPA or better and have demonstrated financial need.
Zwerski explains, “I decided to provide this scholarship because I was fortunate to have great mentors at Marymount, including Don Lavanty, professor of Health Care Management. He gave me the confidence to tackle the program successfully and also instilled the value of mentoring. Many students struggle financially to attend graduate school; this scholarship is one way that I can help current students at my alma mater.
Stressing the value of his graduate education, Zwerski adds, “I had a supervisory background and wanted to take the next step to become a leader of change. Marymount’s program helped me develop my strategic thinking and operational leadership skills, and provided an understanding of health care finance.” Networking with students who worked in different health care systems also proved invaluable. He points out, “I saw different perspectives and ways of doing things.”
Zwerski has been with Medstar Health for 17 years, progressing to increasingly responsible positions. As director of Heart and Vascular Services, he manages 10 diverse service departments. Asked what he’s most proud of, he says, “The quality of care provided. Also, bringing managers and associates together as a team to integrate services and find efficient solutions is a real triumph.”
For those interested in the health care management field, he recommends strong communication skills, an understanding of finance, and – most importantly – acknowledgement that change is essential.
Tax-deductible donations to the Health Care Management Scholarship fund are welcome and can be made online.