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Ohio University student reaches national level in Hill-Rom Essay Competition

ATHENS, Ohio (April 8, 2005) -- Ohio University senior Jeremy Trescott recently placed third at the national level in the 17th annual Hill-Rom Essay Competition. This competition is sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and winners were presented in March at the Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago. Trescott is a Health Services Administration major in the School of Health Sciences and has been a part of Army ROTC for three years.

Trescott was recognized for his essay, "A Review and Analysis of the Medical Malpractice Liability Crisis." Trescott’s essay was selected and submitted by Dr. Douglas Bolon, faculty adviser for the student chapter of ACHE, locally referred to as the Future Health Care Administrators (FHCA). Trescott began working on the essay in January 2004, and with the continued support and guidance from Dr. Bolon, the completed essay was submitted in December. Every University that has a Health Services program can send in one entry each for both the undergraduate category and the graduate category.

This is the first time Ohio University has reached the national level in this prestigious competition, and both Dr. Bolon and Jeremy worked diligently to enter the competition. "One of my goals for last year was to select and work with a student to submit an essay entry to this contest. I had Jeremy in a prior class and knew he was a good writer, so I approached him to see if he would have an interest," Bolon said. “It was nice to see Jeremy rewarded after all of the hard work he put into the essay."

When asked how he found out about his national nod, Trescott said, "Actually, I thought I didn’t win because it was already February of this year when I was notified. I assumed that so much time had passed since entering the competition that winners had already been selected. Then, one day, Dr. Bolon came into my Health 422 class and told me I had placed third at the national level."

Trescott received an all-expense paid trip to the Congress on Healthcare Management in Chicago. "It was really nice and, since I went out for the Hill-Rom Essay Competition, I was also allowed to participate in the conference seminars which would have cost $250 in registration fees," said Trescott.

After attending one of the luncheons at the conference, Trescott presented his essay to a crowd of conference attendees. "It was quite an experience," said Trescott. "I just received my branch in Army ROTC, and I will be in the Medical Service Corp dealing with Hospital Administration after graduating. I will be taking care of the Army’s hospitals," Trescott added. "Attending the conference was great because I was able to network with a number of high-ranking military officials in attendance."

Trescott was presented with an executive pen set and $1,000 cash prize for his third-place finish. "It’s a national contest and for an OU student to place third, we’re just all very proud of Jeremy," Dr. Bolon said.

Trescott summed up his experience during the past year, from working the extra hours on the essay and placing nationally to attending the conference and receiving his orders from the Army ROTC, Jeremy said it was a "Heck of a way to go" when referring to closing his final chapter at Ohio University. Upon graduation, Trescott will spend time Fort Lewis, Wash., and Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

To view the other winners at the national level of the Hill-Rom Essay Competition, visit: www.ache.org/Faculty_Students/hillrompast.cfm

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Media Contact: College of Health and Human Services Director of Communication Olivea Oldham, (740) 593-1433 or oldham@ohio.edu

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