Alumni Interviews

Grace Goodhew, '13

Interview by Emily Laino’17, Health Care Management Major with Minors in Business and Aging Studies

Where do you currently work and what are your primary job functions? 
Grace Goodhew is an operations manager for the division of geriatrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Approximately 90% of her time is devoted to developing the Johns Hopkins Elder House Call Program, this program is a home based primary care program which sends geriatricians and clinicians to elders’ homes. The goal is to provide chronically ill and homebound elders with primary care to reduce readmission to the hospital. The other 10% of her time is spent working on some financial responsibilities specifically developing a clinical finance report and submitting that for budget season.

She is also the clinical practice manager for Our Lady of Fatima which is in Baltimore City. She is responsible for an EMR implementation in Washington D.C and other projects as needed.

Describe professional path you took.
She had work experience and unpaid experience during her time at Ithaca College. She found her hands on experiences to be highly beneficial in her post-graduation professional trajectory. She was accepted to Simmons College School of Management and earned her MBA with a concentration in health care. While attending school full time she also worked for Partners HealthCare as a project analyst working full time.

After that she was accepted into an administrative fellowship with Geisinger Health System. During her fellowship she worked to develop geriatric based programming and acted as an interim manager for Outpatient Gastroenterology and GI Nutrition.

After her time at Geisinger she applied to a variety of geriatric based management roles. She had connected to the geriatric division at Johns Hopkins and was accepted a position with them post-fellowship.

Best experience with the Gerontology Institute/Aging Studies?
She got an inclusive view of what aging means in American society. She also mentioned that she was able to walk away with realistic experiences and valuable resources. While she was here she did an independent study about students’ views on saving for retirement. The name of her study was “Retirement Savings: Perceptions and Realities” and she presented at both the Eastern Sociological Society Conference and Whalen Symposium.

Why should students consider a major or minor in Gerontology?
She thinks that geriatrics and gerontology are one of the biggest focuses in health care in the upcoming decades. The aging of the Baby Boomers and the increased number of older adults dependent on a smaller workforce are more reasons students should consider a major or minor in gerontology.

What has been your favorite experience working in the field of gerontology?
She really enjoys working with individuals who are genuinely grateful for the work that you do. As well as working with other professionals who are truly invested in this line of work. She’s working through challenges and problems that will dramatically change how healthcare is consumed and viewed.

What is one piece of advice you would offer current gerontology majors?
She advises students to get as much hands on experience within the field including both paid and volunteer experience to be able to understand the needs of older adults and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

She believes it is important to stay current with what public policy and legislation is percolating and be able to advocate for things that people feel strongly about. She especially encourages students to keep tabs on home based primary care because many experts say that this will be some of the defining policies that we see for this decade.

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