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Alan Channing

Alan Channing

Alan Channing

When Alan was planning his future career, he read the want ad section in the New York Times every weekend and noticed that the jobs posted required applicants to have not only a college degree but two years of work experience.  Fortunately for him, UC’s co-op program filled both requirements.

Alan admits having tried the patience of the co-op office staff  by repeatedly asking for more challenging assignments.  After his first three placements, the staff, in desperation, told him to pick one that he found interesting. Fortunately for the health care industry, he chose a position at a hospital.

Alan credits UC with developing his passion for helping those less fortunate.  At the end of his freshman year, the students in his dorm elected him to be their representative in the UC Residents’ Hall Association.  In typical 60’s fashion, the members would sit in a circle on the floor and bare their souls to each other.  This soul-searching inspired Alan to help create an inner city tutorial program for local Cincinnati high school students.  He recruited other UC students to tutor in reading, math and literature. After graduating from UC, Alan taught business math and consumer economics in a junior high school in Cincinnati’s West End.

He was pleased to make a gift to the College of Business last year in appreciation of the leadership skills he acquired during his years at UC.  One particular management course stands out in his memory. During his senior year, the President of Fifth Third Bank was invited to talk to the class and explain how to link basic management skills with creating a mission and vision, a valuable lesson for Alan.

Alan Channing

Vice President Joe Biden applauds Sinai’s quality

Today, after more than 30 years experience in health care administration in New York and the Midwest, Alan is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Sinai Health System.   Mt. Sinai Hospital, located on the west side of Chicago, is a 319-bed teaching hospital that provides medical, surgical, behavioral health, therapeutic and diagnostic services to the greater Chicago area.   He has made a major commitment to urban health care and is willing to take risks to make a difference to the people in troubled communities.

The Chicagoans for Cincy will have the opportunity to visit Alan at Mt. Sinai later this spring and see its emergency room - a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing care to nearly 60,000 patients - and other facilities at the hospital.

Thanks, Alan, for your commitment to urban health care and the University of Cincinnati.