Winners of the annual Carl N. Platou Leadership Competition Awards were recently announced. The competition, hosted by the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI), recognizes the leadership skills and innovative thinking of an elite group of students who are complementing their MBA education with a medical industry specialization. The winning students were nominated by their peers, mentors, and instructors for their leadership and dedication to the medical industry.
 
Taking first place and $2,000 is Danny Plooster (right). He has an undergraduate business degree from UW Madison. In 2014, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Minnesota for a MHA/MBA dual degree from the School of Public Health and the Carlson School. He hopes to enter a career in strategy consulting for hospitals.
 
His time in the MHA and MBA programs emboldened his passion for healthcare administration as he worked on various projects with Allina Health, North Memorial, Medtronic, and other healthcare leaders throughout the country. The culmination of his graduate experience led him to work with a top 10 academic medical center as a summer consultant with The Chartis Group on a cancer service line strategy for the system. At school, he founded the School of Public Health Consulting Club, served as president of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute Student Association, and led as managing partner for the Graduate Volunteer Consultants, which provided more than 2,000 hours of pro-bono consulting to local non-profits.
 
In second place and winning $1,000 is Alex Feng (left). Feng’s clinical and business experiences led him to pursue a career in both medicine and healthcare policy. He completed his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis and is a MD/MBA dual degree candidate at the U of M Medical School and the Carlson School.
 
He is involved in policy work at both the state and national levels with focuses in health promotion, patient advocacy, and community outreach. His current projects are concentrated on electronic health records, analyzing their social and economic impact on patients, physicians, and on the healthcare system overall. He is the treasury secretary for the Minnesota Medical Association’s MEDPAC Board of Directors.
 
Taking third place and a $500 prize is Anne Jensen (center). She earned a BS in economics from South Dakota State University before joining the MHA/MBA program in 2015. She also is pursuing a graduate certificate in global health and a minor in gerontology.
 
She is most proud of her work she did in Tanzania, laying the groundwork to implement an open-source EMR, and in China, where she developed a patient experience improvement strategy and worked to increase profitability in the bundled payment structure for neurorehabilitation services. After graduation, she plans to start her career in a top management consulting firm and specialize in healthcare.
 
The Platou Leadership Competition Awards are named after the visionary healthcare executive and MILI partner who was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2009.