Master of Health Administration

In Focus: Michael Blisko, '00

When Michael Blisko first researched graduate schools for obtaining a Master's degree in health administration, he thought that Hofstra University sounded like a good fit for many reasons. Now, several years later, he is the first to acknowledge it was a choice that still exceeds his expectations. He credits the expertise he brings to his career directly to all he learned in that program – the curriculum, professors, and even the guest speakers – mentors that he remains grateful for to this day.

"The program gave me broad exposure to understanding the breadth of health care providers from hospitals and skilled nursing centers to home health," Blisko recalls. "I learned about the business from both a regulation and a reimbursement standpoint. It gave me that all-important 'Big Picture' providing me with the vision I need each day when developing business alignments with executives from all aspects of health care."

Blisko cites one graduate course in particular – How to Write a Request for Proposal (RFP) -- that made a lasting difference to him in 2006. He had an idea for how to assist Chicago's Cook County which was desperately seeking a much-needed medical housing solution for patients who were either uninsured or undocumented. Blisko said he didn't panic when he was told he needed to put his ideas into an RFP. He simply consulted the notes from his class and let those be his guide. His solution translated into what he describes as "real money" for his company while at the same time helping Cook County's most vulnerable.

Today, Michael Blisko is the CEO for Infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois and Infinity Healthcare Management of Indiana, healthcare consultancies that have agreements with facilities housing over 6,000 licensed skilled nursing beds in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee.

Blisko is also a principal and on the Board of Directors for Strawberry Fields, a REIT with over 7,000 skilled nursing beds throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky. In addition, he is a principal for multiple ancillary companies including United Rx, a long-term care pharmacy, Heritage Home Health and Hospice, and Xcel Med.

Adding to his many accomplishments, Blisko co-authored a book this year, along with Phil Ford, about business leadership. "The Root Cause Analysis of a Balanced Leader" is a handbook to help managers identify and successfully cultivate their leadership skills.