MBA Graduate Makes Islander Impact at Driscoll Children’s Hospital

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Driven by motivation to improve health care for children in South Texas, Eduardo Gomez, ’05, earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Gomez wanted to learn how to best analyze the “big picture” in health care and make data-backed decisions from a bird’s eye perspective. Gomez said his MBA equipped him with the skills to do just that, contributing to his success in his current role as Assistant Vice President of Analytics at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi.

One of Gomez’s proudest implementations was fast-tracking the hospital’s use of Electronic Medical Records. He since has developed a department which analyzes data from those records.

“It’s an ongoing process that leads to better health care,” said Gomez. “We are able to collect information on health care outcomes, efficiency and cost savings. We then translate that into meaningful information that hospital administrators can use to make decisions.”

Gomez also uses his MBA to analyze patient trends in South Texas, which allows him to make recommendations on the types of health care providers that are needed most in the region. While much of Gomez’s work is behind the scenes, he’s impacting what is happening on the front lines of pediatric medicine. 

“Work with ‘meaning’ has always been important to me,” said Gomez. “I want others to know that a business degree does not have to solely be about making a profit for a company. It can also be used to improve outcomes in any organization one has passion for.”

Gomez also uses his skill set volunteering for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gomez wants to improve the emotional health of children because, from his work in health care, he’s learned how emotional stressors can lead to physical conditions.

Prior to earning an MBA at the Island University, Gomez earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. He worked for hospital systems in Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix and another medical group in Corpus Christi before going back to school for his MBA.

For Gomez, his education has not stopped with his most recent degree. He says the words of one of his A&M-Corpus Christi business professors, Dr. A.N.M. Waheeduzzaman, always stay with him.

“He said, ‘Never stop learning. Keep up with new developments in your field.’”

And that quest for knowledge continues to impact Gomez’s life, as he seeks creative solutions for whatever comes next, personally and professionally.