|Kathleen L. Sims M ’08 is vice president of operations at Medical Risk Management, LLC, headquartered in Hartford, Conn.
Prior to joining Medical Risk Management, she was vice president of operations at Eastern Connecticut Health Network where she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, financial management, and short- and long-term capital planning for the network’s cancer center, breast care collaborative, cardiology services, radiology services, neurology services, sleep lab, diabetes self management, cardiopulmonary services, physical therapy, pharmacy, biomed, safety, security, food and nutrition, engineering and environmental services.
A registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in health administration, Sims rose from staff nurse in the imaging services department to director of radiology services at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida.
“For a nurse, this is not a normal transition but it prepared me for operations which I now oversee,” says Sims, who has received numerous nursing excellence and leadership awards throughout her 27-year career.
Sims joined Eastern Connecticut Healthcare Systems in 2002 as administrative director of radiology services. In 2005, she was named vice president of operations, and, with the encouragement of her boss, she decided to restart her pursuit of a master’s degree.
“Back in 2000, I was actually in a master’s program in Sarasota,” Sims says. “I was diagnosed with CML [chronic myeloid leukemia] during this time and was unable to continue my courses due to taking chemo full time, working, and raising four children. Soon after remission, my family moved up north to be closer to extended family.”
At the Barney School of Business, Sims found the Accelerated Master of Business Administration program and a new dimension to her career track.
Barney “has broadened my horizons and allowed me to expand my depth of knowledge into many other aspects of healthcare,” Sims says. “The courses that really assisted me the most were the finance classes. These were so instrumental in our day-to-day work.”
“The entire program was so beneficial to me. The academics and working with many others who did not come from healthcare were huge opportunities for me to learn and grow.”