Health Care Administration

Cody Wedel

My hometown when I was a student was

Frankenmuth, MI

I graduated in

2014

I studied

Major: Health Care Administration

Minor: Public Health

I currently live in

Ann Arbor, MI

I am now

Project Coordinator at CALTY

Since graduating from Alma

I spent the summer after my senior year working as a student intern with the Detroit VA Hospital Director’s Office. I worked as an assistant project manager, as well as participating in systems redesign and A3 improvement projects. I assisted in the creation of a new Telemetry unit with my site advisor, Frank Veltri, as well as a patient discharge improvement project with my co-advisor and CMU health care administration alumnus, Matt Grant.

After my time with the VA, I was offered a position with CALTY in Ann Arbor. CALTY Ann Arbor does the production design for many Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles in the US. My role is coordinating administrative/improvement projects, accounts payable, and purchasing. Although this isn’t exactly healthcare related, everything I do on a daily basis is influenced greatly by the knowledge and abilities I gained from Alma. 

My Alma education

trained me to use critical thinking and synergy as tools to achieve the best possible results in my endeavors. I was given opportunities to leave my comfort zone and explore business, culture, government and recreation. Without Alma, and without the health care administration program, I wouldn’t have been able to learn and grow like I did.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Stucchi’s and the RA events. I also enjoyed meeting friends at Joe’s since I lived in Gelston and didn’t have to go outside to get there!

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Fobes and Dr. Sanders. I enjoyed Dr. Fobes’ classes because she always engaged students to the max – each class began with a few students sharing recent news articles and relating them to the syllabus. She was great at finding ways to get quiet students involved in the conversation, and was always ready to help with a big smile no matter the time of day.

Dr. Sanders was my first professor at Alma, for my freshman seminar on U.S. health care systems. After that, he became my academic advisor and mentor for health care administration. He organized seminars and trips for students to practice networking and he led by example to ensure we all represented Alma in the best way possible. Of all my professors, Dr. Sanders is the one whose lessons I still use every single day.

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

a health care seminar in Mount Pleasant with the Health Administration Professional Development Organization (HAPDO). We were the only students amongst all of these hospital administrators, yet we all participated fully in the conversation and integrated so well with the professionals. At this seminar, I was truly proud of my education and HAPDO for allowing us such amazing opportunities.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

off-campus study all three years at Alma. My first year, I went to D.C. with Dr. Sanders to study health disparities amongst minority populations in the U.S. This experience cemented my interest in the public health sector and helped broaden my understanding of the vast inequalities throughout the U.S. For my second year, I traveled to China to study culture and business. We traveled by plane, train and car throughout the country to fully experience their religion, culture and education. In my third and final year, I finished my public health minor by participating in a traveling health seminar throughout Gratiot county teaching youth about healthy living while taking data that we later used to create a research study.