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Capstone project contributes to local hospital pay raise

Lindner alum Yashkumar Patel helped Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center make major compensation decision through capstone project

In early October, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center announced that it was raising pay to $15 an hour for 3,000 employees. The move by the region’s largest hospital is part of a broader effort to attract and retain talent at all levels of the organization. Behind CCHMC’s move was research and analysis to aid in the decision-making, conducted by Yashkumar (Yash) Patel, MAHR ’19 and BBA ’18.

For his capstone project in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business Master of Arts in Human Resources program, Patel conducted market scans and external benchmarking across the nation’s health care and non-health care organizations to produce a recommendation.

Patel worked with Lisa Wood, senior director of Human Resources at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, to conduct external benchmarking and cost modeling across the country’s health care and non-health care organizations.

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Yashkumar (Yash) Patel, MAHR ’19 and BBA ’18, conducted various analyses to assist Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in deciding to raise pay.

“This was a ‘classic’ compensation project,” said Patel. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have played a part in Cincy Children’s decision that will impact the lives of thousands of their employees.”

Patel benefited from the mentorship of Wood, he said.

“Yash helped us gain a high-level understanding of the external competitive environment,” said Wood. “One of his most important contributions was his resourcefulness in identifying the MIT Living Wage Calculator as a method for Cincinnati Children’s to estimate the cost of living in our community.”

Capstone projects such as these are essential to students’ success in the program and in the workforce, according to MA-HR Program Director Mike Wagner.

“In a specialized master’s program like MA-HR, immersive capstone projects help students build their portfolio of work experience and be more competitive in the marketplace,” said Wagner. “They are embedded in an organization to help solve an important HR problem, from talent acquisition and staffing to compensation and benefits to legal matters.”

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Mike Wagner, program director for the Master of Arts in Human Resources, assists students in finding capstone projects that will help them best apply classroom concepts to solving an HR problem for a business.

Patel was attracted to the MA-HR program in 2018 after completing his bachelor’s degree in finance at the Lindner College of Business. His first co-op in the human resources department at Kings Island piqued his interest in HR. From there, he got involved in UC’s Society for Human Resources Management, which provided networking opportunities with local HR professionals and a way for him to connect his studies to his work experience.

“There is immense potential in both human capital and financial capital in any organization,” said Patel. “My experience in both the finance and human resources disciplines will help me make a difference for organizations.

“From here, the sky is the limit,” continued Patel. “Learning is a lifelong journey. I’ll always be finding new ways to learn and grow in my profession.”

Featured image: Yashkumar (Yash) Patel, MAHR ’19 and BBA ’18, stands in front of the new Carl H. Lindner Hall. The research he conducted for his capstone project in the Master of Arts in Human Resources program helped Cincincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center decide to raise pay for 3,000 employees.

About the Master of Arts in Human Resources Program

As human capital is increasingly recognized as a competitive advantage, leading firms are focusing more on talent acquisition and development, leadership training and culture shaping. Lindner’s Master of Arts in Human Resources program develops HR leaders who serve as effective managers in building employee capabilities. Taught by both full-time faculty and experienced industry professionals, the program includes MBA courses that help future HR leaders understand the changing demands across the enterprise as well as specialized courses in core HR areas of talent acquisition and staffing, compensation, benefits, HR analytics, legal issues in HR and diversity. 

About the Lindner College of Business

At the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, we are committed to developing the next generation of business leaders. Through personalized career coaching and experiential learning, our students graduate with a competitive advantage in the workforce and are strongly positioned to address a multitude of today’s global business challenges. For more than 110 years, we’ve not only served as a catalyst for innovation and cutting-edge research, but our programs have also earned national acclaim in several academic areas. The best is yet to come this fall of 2019, as we celebrate the grand opening of our new state-of-the-art building that promises to firmly position Lindner as one of the best business schools in the nation. We are Greater Cincinnati’s extraordinary college of business