From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Celerina Cornett

By Stephanie Stevens

What makes a great leader? If you ask those who have worked with Celerina Cornett, you will hear words like "a true asset to her unit and highly regarded amongst her peers" and "tirelessly worked to improve medical staffing, training, and material readiness throughout the Division." If you ask Celerina, it's the ability to listen and make the conscious choice to learn, continuously.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I am a retired Naval Officer. I served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years and was in the Medical Service Corps as a Healthcare Administrator for the last 14 years of my service. I enjoy living in San Diego County, I especially love the coastal atmosphere. In my free time, you can find me hiking the many beautiful trails, catching some sun at the beach or camping in the outdoors. I am passionate about continuous learning and believe that the transfer of knowledge is an ongoing process. 
Why did you decide to study at UC San Diego? 
I chose UC San Diego because I knew I would be exposed to professors and seminars from UC San Diego Health and would gain an understanding of community health issues, healthcare finance systems, and groundbreaking research.
What stands out about the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Master in Advanced Studies program for you?
The small cohort class size is the highlight of the entire program. Being able to have intimate conversations with your peers and professors enhances the learning experience. I was also involved in many group projects where I was exposed to real-world healthcare problems and was able to work on teams to identify solutions. 

What advice would you give to someone who might be interested in taking the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations program? 
The Master in Advanced Studies in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations (LHCO) is perfect for the healthcare professional who is ready to have self-reflection on their personal leadership style and the desire to become a better leader for their healthcare organization. I feel that I had the skills and experience in leadership prior to attending the LHCO program, but now I feel that I have a deeper understanding of leadership and I look forward to using these newly obtained skills to "add value" to those I work with.
What do you personally find exciting, interesting, important or surprising about the field you work in? 
I personally enjoy working in the healthcare field because it is a dynamic field that is constantly changing and there are many opportunities for improvement which will ultimately improve the quality of healthcare and those we serve. 
Are there any “tricks of the trade” that aspiring healthcare leaders should know?
I started my healthcare career on the frontline; therefore, I listen to the ideas and issues of those on the frontline. There are so many talented individuals working towards the mission of the organization. They usually are the best ones to offer solutions on improving inefficient systems and identifying the root problems.  
How has your experience at UC San Diego helped your career? 
The programs offered at UC San Diego have provided the necessary knowledge for someone like myself, who is making the transition from the military to the private sector. 
Interested in learning more about the Master in Advanced Studies in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations program? Visit the website at, or contact the program manager by email at or phone at (858) 534-9162.

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