Senior Healthcare Executive Debra Osteen Kicks Off MBA Lecture Series

Philadelphia University's School of Business Administration (SBA) kicked off its Spring 2008 Leadership Lessons Luncheon Series for one-year MBA students with a special presentation by Debra Osteen, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) senior vice 012408story_mba.jpgpresident and Behavioral Health Division president, Jan. 24.

Named one of the top 25 women in healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, Ms. Osteen is responsible for behavioral healthcare facilities at UHS—one of the nation’s largest healthcare-management companies—which she has served, in various capacities, since 1984.  During her presentation, Ms. Osteen discussed the many services offered by the $4.2 billion, King of Prussia, Pa., based company and distinguished between acute and behavioral health care.  She explained the company’s growth strategy and how it maintains its position as a leader in the healthcare marketplace.  She concluded by discussing with students the qualities needed to become a future chief executive officer.  “To become a successful business leader, you need to first have intelligence and knowledge of the business,” she said.  “You also need to possess a strong work ethic, integrity and honesty.”

The first lecture in a series of five, Ms. Osteen’s presentation will be followed by discussions from owner Zeth Weissman on Thursday, Jan. 31; Philadelphia Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery on Thursday, April 10; Jyoti Natural Foods co-founder Vijai P. Gupta on Thursday, April 17; and Galia and Johnson Executive Search co-CEO Meg Johnson on Thursday, April 24. 

For more information about the Leadership Lessons Luncheon Series, contact MarySheila McDonald, assistant dean of Graduate Business Programs, at x2951 or To learn more about UHS, CLICK HERE >>

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