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M. Raymond Alvarez, DHA

Dr. Alvarez, a native West Virginian, has 41 years of progressive leadership experience in health care administration, including rural outpatient health care delivery, hospital executive leadership in program development, administration of hospital residency programs in urban and rural settings, and regulatory compliance in post-acute care.  He served as a vice president for various community hospitals for over 19 years.  He also held corporate executive positions with three major Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) companies operating in 14 states and the District of Columbia. He received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from West Virginia University, and completed his Masters in Public Administration there in 1979.  He has been a Fellow in the American College of HealthCare Executives since 1998.  In 2009, he received his Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University.  He has written many historical articles on early health care in West Virginia, and published two research manuscripts on quality outcomes and staffing in post-acute care.  He has been affiliated with the MPA program since 1991, teaching a variety of courses including grants management, research methods and applied research.  He is a health care strategy consultant and frequent lecturer to national and state groups in post-acute care and issues affecting older populations with chronic medical problems.