Columbia University Graduate Students Compete in 6th Annual Health Care Management and Delivery Case Challenge on Teen Suicide

  Columbia University Graduate Students Compete in 6th Annual Health Care
  Management and Delivery Case Challenge on Teen Suicide Prevention

  *12 teams comprising 47 students across five Columbia graduate schools vied
    for top honors in health care case challenge sponsored by Cigna and The
    Hay Group
  *Students formed consulting teams, prepared and presented comprehensive
    analysis of ‘real world’ health care case

Business Wire

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- November 27, 2012

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health recently hosted the 6^th
Annual Health Care Management and Delivery Case Challenge, sponsored by Cigna
and The Hay Group. The student teams tackled challenges posed by “The Timothy
Fund” case written by current Executive MPH student, John MacPhee.

Kirk Drees, National Account Executive, Cigna; 1st place Team "The Gang of
Synergy;" John Winkleman, ...

Kirk Drees, National Account Executive, Cigna; 1st place Team "The Gang of
Synergy;" John Winkleman, Mt. Sinai Board Member, and Mailman Professor.
(Photo: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

Drawing on expertise from five graduate schools (Public Health, Physicians and
Surgeons, Business, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and School of
International and Public Affairs), teams of 3-5 students examined the
strategic, operational and financial challenges of the family foundation, The
Timothy Fund. The mission of The Timothy Fund is to reduce the prevalence of
emotional distress and the rate of suicide among college and university
students.

An expert panel of judges, playing the role of the Fund’s Board, listened to
teams’ presentations and asked tough questions regarding proposed solutions,
alternatives and implementation plans.Senior Judge John Winkleman, a Mount
Sinai Medical Center Board member and Mailman professor, presided over the
judging panel composed of Case Challenge benefactors from Cigna and The Hay
Group as well as other faculty and alumni:

  *Kirk Drees, National Account Executive, Cigna
  *Ian Wilcox, Global Managing Director, Life Sciences, The Hay Group
  *Howard Tarre, Practice Leader, Mercer Management Consulting
  *Michael Geiger, Cooper University Hospital and Mailman alumnus
  *Angela Profeta, Gold Health Strategies and Mailman alumna
  *Gati Dharani, Draftfcb and Mailman alumna

The winning case study proposed The Timothy Fund, which is debating merging
with a suicide prevention non-profit, remain independent and implement
organizational changes to create a path for financial sustainability by
creating Development and Social Marketing teams.

Professor Tom Ference, of Mailman’s Department of Health Policy and
Management, announced the top three team awards:

  *FIRST-PLACE TEAM: $250 gift card per team member

       *“The Gang of Synergy,” advised by Prof. Fred Hyde (Mailman)
       *The winning team, led by captain, Yu Wang, includes fellow full-time
         Mailman School Health Policy and Management students: Ruchit
         Kumbhani, Saloni Mayekar and Yao Wu

  *SECOND-PLACE TEAM: $150 gift card per team member

       *“Team HealthBusters,” advised by Prof. Sarah Holloway (School of
         International and Public Affairs)
       *Second place team, led by captain Swami Ganesan, includes fellow
         School of International and Public Affairs MPA students: Nancy
         Widjaja and Surabhi Chaturvedi

  *THIRD-PLACE TEAM: $100 gift card per team member

       *“Team Palatine,” advised by Prof. David Rosenthal (Mailman)
       *Third place team, led by captain Arin Kim, includes students from
         both Mailman and Physicians & Surgeons schools: Sophia Cedola, Zoe
         Sansted, Bryant Shannon and Matthew Thomsen

For more information about the case challenge or other professional
development activities in the Department of Health Policy and Management at
the Mailman School, please contact Professor Paul Thurman at
Paul.Thurman@Columbia.edu.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to
helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All
products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating
subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life
Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance
Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such
products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as
medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits,
and other related products including group life, accident and disability
insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions,
and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world.
To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or
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