Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

Laura K.
Neal, DM

Email: LauraNeal@letu.edu

  • Chair, Residential & Global Healthcare Programs

  • Associate Professor of Healthcare Programs


EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, 2014, University of Phoenix
  • Master of Public Health, 2017, Independence University
  • Master of Business Administration, 2005, Southern Wesleyan University

 

EXPERIENCE

2018                     Associate Professor of Healthcare Programs, LeTourneau University

2018                     Associate Dean of Curriculum, School of Allied Health, Independence University

2017 – 2018          Dean, School of Allied Health, Independence University

2015 – 2017          Lead Associate Dean, School of Healthcare, Independence University

2003 – 2015         President and CEO, Newton Consulting, Inc., SC

2010 – 2013          Chief Financial Officer, Palmetto Retina Center, SC

2006 – 2008        Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Jay M. Markowitz, M.D. & Associates, P.A., SC

2005 – 2006        Practice Management Consultant, Allscripts, NC

2004 – 2005        Physician Practice Manager: Coastal Plains, Hampton Regional Medical Center, SC

 

Courses Taught

GRADUATE LEVEL

  • HCAD5101 – THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE
  • HCAD5141 – CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE
  • HCAD5233 – HEALTH CARE FINANCE
  • HCAD5341 – HEALTH POLICY AND RESEARCH
  • HCAD5243 – HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT
  • HCAD5453 – MANAGERIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
  • HCAD6423 – REVENUE CYCLE MANAGEMENT
  • HCAD6523 – PHYSICIAN GROUP PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
  • HCAD6723 – VALUE BASED HEALTH CARE
  • HCAD6941 – LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE
  • HCIT6423 – HEALTH INFORMATICS

UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL

  • HCIT4343 – HEALTH INFORMATICS
  • HCMG3123 – HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS
  • HCMG4313 – LEGAL, SOCIAL, & ETHICAL ASPECTS

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Educational leadership
  • Education methodologies in the online environment
  • Public health impacts in rural communities

 

BIO

Teaching Philosophy 

My goal for students is always the same – gain the knowledge and apply it. Knowledge unused is nice but useless. Once it is learned, it cannot be unlearned but it can be shelved to gather dust. My goal in teaching a course is to provide information to my students in a way that gives them what they need but I also provide practical ways for them to use it. My favorite expression in class is “Who Cares?” I use this as the jump off point for students to understand that it matters to them in a real-world way and I encourage them to consider how to integrate their Christian principles in the workplace every day.

 

Career Journey 
For 20 years, I worked in various leadership roles within the healthcare industry. Prior to joining academia full time, I owned a consulting business, specializing in operational and financial management for physician practices. I have been teaching online for various universities for 10 years as well as ground campuses in SC, GA, FL, MA, and TX.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Public Health Association, Member
  • National League for Nursing, Member

 

BOARD AFFILIATIONS

  • South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA), Non-Profit, Account Mgr.          
  • Journal of Online Higher Education (JOHE), Editorial Board
  • Simmons College Student Advisory Board, Faculty Member

 

WRITTEN WORKS

Neal, Dr. Laura. Team Players and the Effect on the Online Student Experience. Journal of Online Higher Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 3, Aug. 2017. ISSN 2575-1204.

Neal, Dr. Laura. (2018). Job Satisfaction in Substitute Teachers: A Cross-Sectional Study. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 978-1721947539.

Neal, Dr. Laura. (2018). Dementia and Alzheimer’s: A study of race, income, education and access to hospice. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 978-1721949632.