Xavier’s graduate program in Health Services Administration is ranked No. 1 in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine, so it’s hard to push the program to new heights. But that’s just what Sister Nancy Linenkugel has in mind. Linenkugel was named chair of the program in August, replacing Ida Schick, who retired after leading the program for 13 years.
Linenkugel, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, earned her master’s in hospital and health administration from Xavier in 1980 and a Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
“Being an alumna of the program, I hold a special love for the department as well as an affinity for our health care ministry,” she says. “Health services administration is a ministry, setting it apart from general business administration. I believe that, I espouse that, and I will emphasize that among many things we hold true during my time as chair.”
Linenkugel was previously president of Chatfield College, a small Catholic college located east of Cincinnati in St. Martin, Ohio, from 2002-2008. She also worked in hospital administration at several locations, including Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa.; St. John Medical Center in Steubenville, Ohio; and Providence Hospital and the Providence Health System in Sandusky, Ohio.
At Providence, she rose to president and CEO and oversaw the development of new services, including open heart surgery, physical therapy clinics, a women’s center, psychiatric services and a home health agency. She also led a physician relations program that increased admissions and initiated the creation of a free-standing nursing home.