Interview with Dorothy A. Benavidez ‘89
In October, Dorothy Benavidez ’89 stepped down from the Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association Board. Dorothy joined the HCADAA Board in 2005 and as a result of her leadership, consistency and energy, she has helped make a positive difference in the lives of others in the health care administration field and taken the HCAD Alumni Association to the next level. Join us in thanking Dorothy for her meaningful contributions she has made to the board during the last decade.
I did my Administrative Residency at the VA in North Texas. Much of this time I served as the Preceptor for Administrative Residents. After over 10 years with the VA, I moved to a government contractor for health care. I’ve remained with CRAssociates for over 16 years. My current position is Executive Vice President for Operations. In this role, I am honored and proud to provide health care services for our Nation’s Veterans.
I knew as an undergraduate that I was interested in getting my Master’s degree in Health Care Administration. I wanted to stay in Texas, and after much research, I felt that Trinity had the program with the most breadth and depth necessary to prepare me for my desired career path.
I think the board now has a much closer relationship with the students. We are actively involved in many of the activities with the students on campus, as well as meeting with them and doing mock interviews during the ACHE events in Chicago. The board takes its role in preparing the students for future opportunities very seriously and continues to forge more direct relationships to ensure their success.
Being a government contractor, my experiences in health care were different than those of my fellow board members. The board is comprised of many different individuals representing varying aspects of health care. I always learned from my fellow board members as we each brought a different perspective to the table and was proud to share my experiences in kind.
It was the 40th Anniversary Gala which was held at the Chicago Museum of Art. It was a beautiful event. To me, it encapsulated what I believe are the best elements of the Trinity experience, history, grace and beauty in a thriving economic center.
I think HCADAA does a great job keeping connected with recent graduates and individuals who are still actively working in health care. However, as we all are aware, the health care industry more than many others has continued to grow and change at an exponential rate. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the growing concern about the supply of qualified professionals and legislative changes on the horizon, I think we need to do a better job in reaching out to individuals who have retired. There is a wealth of information to be obtained and shared with students and alumni from this group. This group has weathered the technological revolution in health care and successfully mastered the creation and establishment of the latest generation of credentialing and certifications. I can think a greater untapped resource than this group.
I think the most valuable resource we offer is the many networking opportunities available to the graduates. We are always promoting the various ways alumni can connect to the Alumni Association once they graduate.
I currently mentor several graduates. I plan to continue to network with new graduates and provide as much guidance and leadership as I am able.
It was heartwarming to see how many alumni were more than happy not only to attend the event, but to provide monetary resources to ensure the future of the Association. The HCAD Program has such a positive reputation in health care. This was obvious not only in the turnout of individuals, but the giving in general.
I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing the last 26 years. I’ll be working in one of the best fields and supporting one of the best programs in the country.
Thank you for your years of support and service, Dorothy. We will miss you!