Where Are They Now: Brianna Desrochers Wetherbee ’16MBA

June 25, 2018

Brianna discusses her role as Project Manager for the Denver Health Medical Plan, Inc.

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What does your job entail? 

As the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation Project Manager, my job is to ensure that my employer, the Denver Health Medical Plan, Inc., is fully prepared for and earns health plan accreditation. There are over 2,000 requirements that must be met in order to do so, which means I have to be extremely detail-oriented to ensure nothing gets missed. In addition, because multiple departments partake in the preparation process, I'm responsible for coordinating cross-collaboration, ensuring consistent communication, and holding C-Suite and director-level stakeholders accountable. 

Tell us about NCQA.

NCQA is a private, 501 © (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a driving force for improvements throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.  

What brought you to Simmons to study in the MBA program? 

It was extremely important for me to have a strong academic foundation in place early on in my career. I was immediately drawn to the Health Care MBA program at Simmons because I was interested in the business side of health care. Unlike other programs, Simmons' curriculum was tailored specifically to health care professionals. This meant that not only could I work full-time and go to school, but I could learn from a perspective that was immediately applicable to my job — the program allowed me to apply what I was learning in the classroom to what I was doing professionally the next day. 

How did Simmons prepare you for your career?

Simmons helped me identify personal areas of interest, including quality and process improvement, project and change management, and leadership — and then developed those interests into transferable knowledge and skills. I appreciated that the culture at Simmons allowed me to refine these skills in a safe environment that also promoted constructive feedback, which was critical to my own personal growth and development.

What makes your work rewarding? 

If you're not working in a clinical role providing direct patient care, it can sometimes be challenging to see the positive impact your work has on patients and families. I find my work rewarding because it focuses specifically on assuring that high-quality care is provided — I'm able to see the impact I'm making through data, reporting and earning accreditation. 

Do you have any advice for students who are currently looking for employment? 

My best advice is to network! Whenever I work with someone who has a skill or quality that I'd like to emulate, I work to foster a mentor-mentee relationship with that person so that I may learn and grow, personally and professionally. I was fortunate enough to build a solid network in Boston, and have continued to do so now that I am in Denver. This network has proven invaluable when it comes to researching and exploring opportunities, preparing for interviews and even negotiating offers. In addition, it's great to have a group of individuals with different backgrounds and experience to talk through problems with and lean on for support.