Shaun CustardShaun Custard Honored with Early Careerist Award 2013

On October 25th at the annual HMI Fall Institute in Columbia, Missouri, Shaun Custard (MHA 2004) was presented with the HMI Alumni Association's Early Careerist Award for 2013.

Fellow alumnus positively describe Shauwn as Thoughtful, Dedicated, Responsible, and Motivated. Shaun has been mentored, and in-turn served as a mentor within the program. Shaun is hard working, well connected, and always willing to help out a colleague or student. Shaun without pause was willing to step into the Alumni Association president role when the president had to resign in 2007. He has volunteered countless hours to help give back to the students and serve on the alumni board. Shaun has made so many contributions people sometimes forget he is an early careerist….instead he seems like a seasoned veteran. He deserves the award because he is a great example for students to see how far you can go by saying yes when opportunities present themselves. He's always been willing to take on challenges and learn new things.

Shaun is a dual degree MHA/MBA graduate of 2004. Since graduation he has worked at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as an administrative fellow, followed by full employment as an inpatient business manager. Shaun later moved across town to the Baylor College of Medicine as the Director of Business Operations. Today, he is currently employed as the Practice Administrator for CV Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital.

Shaun spent 7 years following graduation on the HMI Alumni Board, including a very effective 3-year President's term from 2007-2010. Under Shaun's direction as HMI Alumni President, he instituted the Stuart Westbury Campaign, a fundraising effort with net contributions of >$100k. He was instrumental in recruiting new members to serve on the alumni Board. Shaun has always been committed to HMI and has repeatedly made the trip back to Columbia for the Fall Institute, traveling in on his own expense from Houston, TX. He has been a committed alumnus of the program giving of his time, talents, and resources. He has routinely participated in the HMI mentorship program and further supported the program by serving as an Internship Preceptor in 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Custard is board certified in healthcare administration holding the Fellow credential with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About the Award: The Early Careerist Award is given on an annual basis to HMI program alumnus based on the following criteria:

  • Nominee must be less than 40 years old or have less than 15 years experience as a healthcare administrator.
  • Nominee must be nominated by a fellow Missouri Health Management and Informatics Alumni Organization member who is in good standing.

And, Individuals should be nominated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee has made a significant contribution to healthcare on a local, state, national, or international level.
  • Nominee has shown exemplary leadership within their organization.
  • Nominee should be able to demonstrate a superior commitment and passion towards healthcare.
  • Nominee must exhibit significant potential as a future healthcare leader and role model to other early careerists.

To submit a nominee for consideration in future years, please visit: