Keeping It in the Family
Anthony Lupi wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Business Administration and minor in Economics—but he knew he wanted to focus on health. As the captain of the Merrimack College varsity baseball team and an athlete his entire life, Anthony was always interested in personal health and fitness. Anthony decided to continue his education by earning a Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management from Merrimack College.
Today, Anthony works as Project Coordinator of the operating room at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in New Hampshire. His responsibilities include reviewing charges and documentation for all surgeries and procedures, as well as managing and tracking soft tissue usage to comply with the FDA and The Joint Commission regulations. He also runs various projects to help identify areas of improvement in the OR.
“I feel I gained real professional work experience through my fellowship. It provided a framework of what professional life will be like after graduation. From participating and running meetings/presentations to working in teams and individually to reach a common goal, this field experience gave me a feel of what the professional world is like.”
Merrimack’s graduate program also fit into his budget and provided a fellowship opportunity that was both intriguing and engaging. Anthony was part of a team that created MACKfit, an employee health and wellness program that he and his peers built from the ground up.
“The best part of my fellowship was seeing the program come to life in the spring after working hard with my group all fall and winter to develop it. It was a great feeling of accomplishment that I contributed to something that can make a positive impact on many lives,” said Anthony.
From research and development to working closely with human resources, deans, and other department heads at the college, Anthony and the team were able to design various programs that fit employees’ needs. Healthy eating seminars, meditation classes, and the college’s first ever walking challenge were among his favorite new programs.
His best advice for future students of the program? “Use the resources available as they are all extremely beneficial. Make sure you network whenever you have the opportunity to. You never know who you are going to meet or when a great opportunity will arise! Enjoy it and have fun.”
“Getting my masters introduced me to so many great individuals that I am friends with today. It gave me an opportunity to develop myself and become a better individual overall.”