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BYU Nursing Students Take First Place in Wasatch Cup Healthcare Leader Competition

Alisa Morrell, Breanna Hall, Stephanie Hacking, and Jane Pearson.

On September 28th, the BYU Healthcare Leadership Association hosted the first ever Wasatch Cup Healthcare Case Competition. Teams competed from 5 different universities to tackle real-world healthcare problems for a grand prize of $5,000. Their task was to create a plan that aligned with St. Mark's Hospital’s mission statement: “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

On the day of the competition, the 12 participating teams were organized into four rooms. In these rooms, they presented their solutions before an esteemed panel of judges who possessed formidable backgrounds in both business and healthcare. A triumphant team emerged from each room, earning the honor to advance to the final round, where they would present their proposals in front of representatives from St. Mark's Hospital.

Under the expert guidance of Dr. Marie Prothero and Dr. Denise Cummins, a group of exceptional BYU Nursing and pre-med students rose to the occasion, seizing the first-place title in the competition. The only all-women team, included Alisa Morrell (pre-Med), Breanna Hall, Stephanie Hacking, and Jane Pearson. They crafted an innovative plan with a laser focus on enhancing mental health services. So impressive was their proposal that St. Mark's Hospital expressed their readiness to implement it without delay.

“We are so proud of these amazing students who worked so hard to be part of this competition”, said Dr. Marie Prothero. We invite you to join us in extending your heartfelt congratulations to these remarkable students for their outstanding achievements.