His Current Job Responsibilities:
“I am responsible to the Chief, Mental Health Services for the administrative and technical operation of the service which includes patient care, instruction, research, and supervision of administrative support staff.
I exercise staff responsibility for the development, maintenance, and administration of management efforts in quality management, risk management, related budget, human resource management and other resource allocation studies and reports, and other pertinent programs.
Furthermore, I am responsible for planning, organizing, evaluating, coordinating, and implementing the complex administrative activities of the VA Loma Linda HCS MH functions. We have around 300 diverse staff members from various disciplines and support staff such as Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work. We have a profound complex service with more than 700 clinics serving countless Veterans throughout the San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Overall, I ensure and afford management with the administrative leadership for MH management module necessary to effectively operate and direct the programs within MH and to contribute successful functions within the facility.”
Why did you decide to get this MAS degree?
“I decided to pursue the MAS degree because I wanted to broaden my knowledge in the healthcare industry particularly in the leadership and management of a healthcare facility. I was influenced by its objectives to support the needs of career professionals integrating current critical healthcare issues, inspiring team concepts, and implementing timely organizational changes in clinical or administrative professions. The program focused on building leadership and managerial skills equipping graduate students with advanced knowledge and skills essential for managing the growing challenges in today’s competitive healthcare setting.”
What did you like best about the program?
“I liked the flexibility of the program best because it was tailored to the lifestyle and level of experience of working professionals, giving us the opportunity to pursue our respective dreams, and expand our career potential in our chosen endeavors. With a seminar-styled classroom setting, I was able to interact with peers, faculty, other healthcare professionals, and subject matter experts on several key insights to current healthcare scenarios and challenges.”
What would you like to tell someone who is considering the program?
“I would encourage someone to pursue and consider this program to ensure he or she has the edge towards the latest healthcare information, knowledge, and leadership in the industry.”
Current Job Responsibilities:
In his current role, Freddy coordinates business activities and evaluates fiscal, logistical, and contractual programs to support the General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Departments which includes management of OPTAR and expenditures related to personnel, equipment, supplies, travel, and contracts. He works with department leadership to analyze data and establish standards for productivity, clinical capacity, and workload within and across service lines.
He develops and conducts on-site training to managers and leaders on optimal clinic management to include business practices, office automation, information technology, time keeping, and Defense Medical Human Resource System—internet (DMHRSi) that benefit others within the departments.
He identifies enrollment levels for active duty, Prime and Plus population and cost-related data based on Managed care “per member” methodologies.
He also works in close collaboration with the departmental leadership and Directorate Advisor for Civilian Human Resources on civilian personnel including recruitment, incentive awards, performance management, employee and labor relations, and compensation.
MAS, the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations, UC San Diego
BS, Business Management, University of Phoenix
What do you like to do in your free time?
“I enjoy riding my road bike and ride for 30 or more miles on weekends. When possible, I ride with certain bike groups, volunteer to raise money for fundraisers, and ride 100 plus miles in support of local community groups and activities.”
The title of his Capstone Project was: “Emergency Department Utilization in a Military Treatment Facility”
Other Professional Experience:
Patient Safety Specialist
Coastal Clinical & Management Services Inc., CA (2013 –2015)
Business Manager/Health System Specialist
Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA (2012 –2013)
Patient Safety Specialist
Coastal Clinical & Management Services Inc., CA (2011 –2012)
Senior Administration and Operations Manager
Naval Medical Center, San Diego (2010 – 2011)
Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA (2007 – 2010)