Don Brady, DM
Associate Professor of Health Care Administration
B.A., Western Carolina University; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; D.M., University of Phoenix
After working for approximately 40 years in senior administrative positions for some of the country’s largest health care organizations, Dr. Brady retired in 2012 and transitioned into full-time teaching. In his health care career, he held leadership roles for Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tenet Healthcare in Palm Springs, Calif., and Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga. His real-world experience is incorporated into his courses.
Dr. Brady earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Journalism from Western Carolina University in 1972, his Master of Science in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 1995. He also earned a management certificate from William and Mary in 1980.
Dr. Brady’s primary research interest deals with quality improvement in health care organizations. His studies examine the leadership philosophies and management styles within health care organizations and their impact on patient care and overall quality. Hospital quality is most often the responsibility of quality improvement teams and his research deals with the interactions of team members and its impact on sustainable quality improvement and patient care.
Ginny Renkiewicz, PhD, Paramedic, FAEMS
Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration
B.S., M.H.S., Western Carolina University; Ph.D., Rush University
Dr. Renkiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services. She has been involved in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 21 years as both a credentialed Paramedic and Level II Paramedic Instructor. She has spent 17 years as a Program Director, Division Chair, or Department Head and has been recognized for her contribution to the EMS profession as a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services (FAEMS) through the National Association of EMS Physicians. She has won several national and international awards, including National EMS Educator of the Year and the global EMS10 Award for innovation in the field of EMS. Ginny holds an Associate of Applied Science in Sign Language Interpreting from Wilson Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care with a concentration in EMS management, a Master of Health Science in EMS education (both from Western Carolina University), and a Ph.D. in Health Science with a concentration in Respiratory Care from Rush University. Dr. Renkiewicz is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals; serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for Prehospital Medicine Research; and is passionate about research, innovation, and student mentoring. She is also the Vice Chair of the North Carolina Association of EMS Educators. Her specific research interests include defining predictors and profiling traumatic stress syndromes in EMS personnel.