Mount panel delves into employment in the health care industry

June 26, 2017

Three health care management professionals from the Hudson Valley offered their insight into the industry at Mount Saint Mary College’s “Staying Competitive in the Health Care Sector” panel on Wednesday, June 21.

The event was presented by the Mount Saint Mary College School of Business.

The panel featured Veronica McMillan ‘11, Mount adjunct instructor and attorney, Lewis & Greer, P.C., Attorneys at Law; Debra Zambito ‘98, CEO, Elant, Inc.; and Gary Zmrhal, SVP and CFO, Health Quest.

The panelists discussed what it takes to be successful in the health care industry for those considering jobs in the field. Zmrhal noted that there is a need for specialists in many areas, not just doctors and nurses.

“Health care is a broad industry,” said Zmrhal, pointing out the need for software programmers, business people, accountants, and more. He added, “We save people’s lives.”

Zambito echoed his sentiment. “You have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life in this industry,” she explained. “It’s an opportunity to give something back and it’s very rewarding.”

McMillian stated that the ability to adapt to new situations – such as changing health care regulations – is key to flourishing in the industry.

“A person who’s interested in entering this field, with not only the desire to succeed and a vibrant work ethic, but certainly one who’s willing to adapt to the environment, will find a great deal of success on this career path,” she said. “

The Mount’s School of Business is offering a new MBA with a concentration in health care management. The program prepares business professionals for a wide variety of careers in the health care industry. It incorporates technology, global vision, ethics, and contemporary business practices into coursework that is designed to prepare students for success in the dynamic health care sector.

Students who join the program can look forward to top executives from the health care industry teaching specialized courses and offering presentations focused on current issues in the field. An accelerated schedule is available for students who wish to earn their degree more quickly.

Zambito encouraged students to “Take advantage of the opportunity here at the Mount to pursue this on an MBA level.”

Accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the School of Business at the Mount prepares students for careers in a global, ever-changing economy.

For additional information on the Mount’s MBA program, including admission requirements, application procedures, and course descriptions, call 845-569-3225, email, or visit

Left to right: Gary Zmrhal, SVP and CFO, Health Quest; Debra Zambito ‘98, CEO, Elant, Inc.; and Veronica McMillan ‘11, Mount adjunct instructor and attorney, Lewis & Greer, P.C., offered up their insights into local health care on June 21 at Mount Saint Mary College. Moira Tolan, business professor and School of Business graduate program coordinator (standing), acted as moderator.