Walena Valencia MSPH, MBA, BSC, LNHA is an Instructor for the Healthcare Administration and Management Program in the Department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies within theCollege of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Mrs. Valencia has experiences including 35+ years of public and private healthcare financial and administrative experiences in all levels of care, as well as consulting and payer experiences. Her public health experiences include 8 years in Medicare program administration and 11 years of leadership roles in a large county health system. One of her most exciting experiences has been participating in the start-up of a county hospital, including its medical education programs.
She is pursuing a PhD and has completed all but the dissertation in an online Public Health program, specializing in Epidemiology. She is also holds a BSC in Accountancy, an MBA in Operations Management, and MS in Public Health. She has participated in Graduate Certificate programs in Health Services Management, Long Term Care Administration, Home Health Management, and Gerontology, and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Illinois.
Mrs. Valencia is looking forward to teaching this course on accounting and financial management in healthcare because her outlook is that, today, health care financing is no longer founded solely on accounting and cost information, but rather on clinical information and quality measurements. A background in statistical and research tools and analysis is needed by health leaders to maximize revenue in order to provide financial stability, and they need to be sensitive to financial and administrative issues in order to be successful in their professional practices. Her teaching and research interests are in Managerial Epidemiology and Chronic Diseases. She lives in the southwestern suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area with her husband and daughter.