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ASAP Instructor Makes Top 40

By day, Kurt Koczent oversees numerous business aspects of a medical practice affiliated with Finger Lakes Health system. By night, he teaches leadership and business planning classes to adult students in the bachelor’s and master’s degree nursing programs at Keuka.

The day job would seem to keep him busy enough. Koczent, 37, is chief administrative officer at FLH Medical P.C., a private, multi-specialty physician practice that provides several medical and surgical health services for patients of Finger Lakes Health at offices in three counties and a Geneva urgent care center. He joined FLH Medical in 2009 after previously overseeing five physician practices and seven medical service units with the F.F. Thompson Health system. And at night, with a family active in sports and the community, it would seem a wonder Koczent also teaches four health care business leadership classes in Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).

As such, the Geneva resident, a husband and father of four, was recently recognized as one of 40 honorees, all under age 40, whose notable business achievements and service to the community landed him in the 2010 class of Rochester Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” winners. According to publication officials, some 175 nominations from the public were received in this, the program’s 16th year.

A registered nurse, Koczent served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, training soldiers in basic first aid skills, among other duties. During that time, he was a senior safety & security officer for the 2004 Humanitarian Mission to Nicaragua. Koczent received an associate’s degree in applied nursing (1995) from SUNY Alfred, a B.S in nursing (2006) and an M.S. in health administration (2008) from Roberts Wesleyan College. He holds membership in the Rochester Regional Medical Group Managers Association, Medical Group Managers of America and American College of Health Care Executives. His civic involvement includes service on the board of Geneva Generals Hockey and coaching youth football and lacrosse for 10 years, in addition to assisting as a lacrosse medic.

Janet Mance, R.N. and nursing program administrator for Keuka’s nursing programs, said Koczent has received praise from students who have thrived under his knowledge, instruction and rapport.

“He loves our program and is very supportive of the older student coming back to school,” Mance said. Should he choose to pursue a doctorate degree, he could have wide-open doors in academia, in addition to his current career in hospital administration. “I think he’s got the potential, the interest and the energy,” Mance added.

In a letter to Mance and other mentors following his award, Koczent said he was “completely overwhelmed with joy and appreciation for this acknowledgement.

“Since my late teens, I knew that health care is the direction that I wanted to focus my profession,” Koczent stated. “Little did I know that this direction would take me on such a satisfying journey.”

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