Students from across Wisconsin, studying various health fields, earned cash prizes for winning first, second and third place at the sixth annual statewide healthcare case competition organized by Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) on Friday, January 11, 2019.
1st Place: Representing Northwest AHEC, were Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond students: Allison Mork (Associate Degree Nurse), Cerrita Houston (Associate Degree Nurse), Gina Henton (Spanish & Nursing), Kimberly Schadt (Associate Degree Nurse), Sophia Lucas (Associate Degree Nurse, Supervisory Management) and Cheryl Moore (Advisor).
2nd Place: Representing Northeastern AHEC, were team members: Megan Huss (UW-Green Bay, Registered Dietitian), Sarah Bedford (UW-Green Bay, Registered Dietitian), Kari Pritzl (Fox Valley Technical College, Occupational Therapy Assistant) and Laura Reynebeau (UW-Green Bay, Human Biology/Nutritional Science).
3rd Place: Representing Milwaukee AHEC were, Carroll University students: Ashley Labodda (Biochemistry/Pre-Med), Kate Gentry (Biology/Pre-PA), Rachel Noonan (Biology/Pre-PT), Samantha Penzkowski (Nursing), Alissa Bruening (Exercise Science) and Devanshi Patel (Advisor).
From 19 team applicants, eight finalist teams chosen and competed in the event. The teams were made up of students from private and public universities and colleges across the state, with each of the seven Wisconsin AHEC regions represented. The students were assigned a case study of a complicated situation, and worked together for two months to conduct an analysis of the efforts and opportunities at the hospital and within the community. The team then traveled to the Wisconsin Dells to present their findings and recommendations for enhanced interprofessional collaboration. On the competition day, each team presented its findings and recommendations for collaboration to a panel of judges.