Health Care Administration

Elizabeth Gupton

My hometown when I was a student was

Lapeer, MI

I graduated in

2014

I studied

Major: Health Care Administration

Minor: Public Health

I currently live in

Grand Rapids, MI

I am now

Manager, eCare, Spectrum Health

Since graduating from Alma

I joined the eCare (telehealth) team at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I began at Spectrum Health as an intern and was quickly hired into the organization to focus on eCare based on leadership support and the need to develop a robust eCare offering. I was then promoted to a management position, overseeing the development of improving access and delivering care at the right time, right place and right cost to patients. I also hold a leadership position in the Spectrum Health Young Professionals resource group to provide an avenue for the development of young professionals at Spectrum Health.

In addition to career development, I have connected with the Grand Rapids community through joining multiple organizations within the community and at Spectrum Health. These organizations include the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and Grand Rapids Young Professionals. Through these organizations I have connected with many other young professionals and gained a thorough understanding the community members I serve through Spectrum Health. This fall, I will begin an evening MBA program at Northwood University DeVos Graduate School with a completion date projected for Spring of 2017.

My Alma education

helped prepare me for my management position through a liberal arts education and the individual attention from my professors. Throughout my role in leading initiatives and team members at Spectrum Health, I learned that I must be able to think differently to understand new perspectives and ideas. While understanding these perspectives I also must be able to make decisions that put the patient first and align with my leadership’s priorities. A liberal arts education pushed me to connect every class I had taken with my major and minor. Without understanding the large picture, I could have overlooked a vital piece to a major decision in my projects or tests. Also, with individualized attention, I learned the importance of continuous feedback on submitted projects and tests. From this lesson I have adopted a leadership style with my team that encourages constructive feedback to promote continuous improvement.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Stucchi’s and running through downtown.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Cameron, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Vickery.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

traveling to Ghost Ranch during my second year. A group of leaders and I were selected by Alma College faculty to participate in a week-long event on personal development. We woke up early in the morning to climb the terrain of New Mexico and participated in activities that pushed us to reflect upon ourselves and our values. This trip helped me discover who I truly am as a person and how each person has become who they are based on their unique life experiences.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

the Ghost Ranch trip as well as a traveling spring term my freshman year which focused on sustainability and communication. My class traveled to Europe for a month-long adventure through Germany, Italy, Scotland and England. Throughout the month, we visited multiple farms and communities that embodied sustainability and forward thinking. This was influential to my perspective of the scarcity of resources and the impact my consumption behaviors have on the environment and others in my community.