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SHU, Hillsdale Hospital Announce Business Partnership

Siena Heights University Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz and Hillsdale Hospital Vice President of Business and Organizational Development Jeremiah “J.J.” Hodshire sign a business partnership that will offer degree completion and other educational opportunities to Hillsdale Hospital employees.

Siena Heights University and Hillsdale Hospital have announced a business partnership that will offer degree completion and other educational opportunities to Hillsdale Hospital employees.

“Siena Heights University has more than 40 years of experience educating working adult students,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We are thrilled to partner with Hillsdale Hospital and look forward to a long and productive relationship that will ultimately benefit Hillsdale Hospital employees.”  

Hillsdale Hospital is a small but progressive rural healthcare facility located in south central Lower Michigan. Hillsdale Hospital is dedicated to excellence in healthcare community service, continued improvement, and respect for human life. HH manages the health needs of its local community through compassionate and highly skilled care in its clean, safe, healing environment.

Under the partnership agreement, qualified Hillsdale Hospital employees will receive a tuition discount and will receive personalized advising and student success and career counseling from Siena Heights.

“We are excited to partner with Siena Heights and offer our employees the opportunity for further growth and education,” said Hillsdale Hospital Vice President of Business and Organizational Development Jeremiah “J.J.” Hodshire.

SHU offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Leadership, and Teacher Education.

For the third consecutive year, SHU’s Online Learning Program was ranked as the best in Michigan among all institutions by the U.S. News and World Report. Siena Heights also was ranked nationally for the sixth consecutive year, and finished tied for 29th among all public and private institutions.

Siena Heights was also ranked first nationally in student engagement, having the maximum score of 100 in the U.S. News and World Report’s methodology. SHU also had the top faculty credentials and training rank in the nation with a perfect 100 score, according to the publication. 

“We are proud of our nationally recognized Online Program,” said SHU Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “Our programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students seeking to advance their careers by acquiring new skills and abilities needed for today’s workforce.”

Siena Heights may accept up to 90 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institutions. Credit is also awarded for military and workforce training, professional licenses and certifications.

Accelerated classes are offered every eight weeks, and Siena Heights offers open enrollment. There are also blended classes available at SHU’s degree completion centers in Michigan.

“We invite Hillsdale Hospital employees to learn about all the educational opportunities Siena Heights University is ready to provide with this partnership,” Dr. Betz said.

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