Hospital administrator broadens horizons for business students


Business students engage in conversation at the speaker event hosted by Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. (Georgie London/Staff Writer)

By Georgie London, Staff Writer

TCU business students got an introduction to healthcare this month as the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity hosted Joseph Deleon, the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth.

Deleon urged students to find their passion as they seek out a career path.

Learn who you are first to have a fulfilling life and thriving career

— Joseph Deleon

He spoke to about 35 students on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the ballroom of the Brown-Lupton University Union. Delta Sigma Pi’s mission is to help students learn about business opportunities, especially by meeting and learning from those with experience in various industries, Aubrey Schueler, chapter president, said.

Joseph Deleon, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, speaks to business students on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the ballroom of the Brown-Lupton University Union. (Georgie London/Staff Writer)

The events are also networking opportunities that could lead to internships and jobs.

“There are other sides of business than just looking at the numbers and dollar amounts,” Schueler said.

Deleon has been in the healthcare industry for 32 years, and for the last eight he has led Harris Fort Worth. During this time the hospital’s emergency department grew into one of the busiest in the country, according to Becker’s Healthcare. In addition, the hospital became a level one trauma center this January, bringing in more patients and revenue.

“It is a sacred mission to be able to take care of people,” Deleon said. “This is a business of life.”

Some of the business students who attended said the program made them rethink how they view the healthcare industry.

College students often associate hospitals with pre-medicine majors, so it came as a surprise to many of the attendees that there was a place in medicine for business majors, Carter Ching, sophomore finance major, said.

“Since I’ve been in Delta Sig, this is our first professional event we’ve had with somebody from the healthcare industry so it’s really exciting to have this aspect and see there is a lot of business that goes into healthcare,” Schueler said.