SRPH Students awarded Fellowships

November 17, 2011

Lyndsey Simpson

Lyndsey Simpson has been chosen for an administrative fellowship position with Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Pitt County Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited 861bed regional referral facility with state of the art service lines and serves 29 counties in the  Eastern Carolina area.  It is one of four medical centers in North Carolina and is the flagship hospital for University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at Eastern Carolina University. During Lyndsey’s one year fellowship she will have the chance to work directly with the executive team and the presidents of the 6 other hospitals within the system spread throughout Eastern Carolina. Her primary focus will be in strategic planning, operations management, quality improvement and health and wellness education. Lyndsey will work alongside one other fellow during her time at Pitt County and they will both play an integral part in the new up and coming Children’s Emergency Department set to break ground in 2012. Lyndsey will be starting her fellowship in June of 2012.

Kaley Meadows

Kaley Meadows has been accepted for the administrative fellowship position with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pittsburgh, PA. She will begin the fellowship in June 2012 and graduate the program in June 2014. UPMC is a $9 billion dollar global health enterprise consisting of over 20 hospitals, 400 outpatient sites, and 54,000 employees. The administrative fellowship with UPMC is designed to provide exposure to ambulatory and clinical operations, nursing, leadership, physician practice management, and support services administration in a community hospital and academic medical center setting. The first year of the fellowship is designed with mandatory rotations in hospital operations with a flexible second year to allow the pursuement of other rotations or manage specific departments. Apart from the rotations, projects, and management positions, fellows are expected to attend executive management, revenue cycle, operations council, management forum, and board meetings.

Courtney Gordon

Courtney Gordon has been accepted for the 2012 Administrative Fellowship Program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is one of the largest private medical centers in Louisiana with 736 beds, serving an 11-parish area. It is a part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. The hospital was recently awarded Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing and the Gold Level Louisiana Quality Award in 2008 and 2010. The Administrative Fellowship is designed to develop leaders by exposing them to various areas of the hospital’s operations and growing physician group through rotational learning experiences and key organizational projects.  The fellowship also offers the unique opportunity to learn from other hospitals within the health system, located around Louisiana. Courtney will work alongside one other Administrative Fellow during the year, and they will both become active members of the senior management team. She will begin her fellowship upon graduation in June of 2012.

Kyle Toomey

Kyle Toomey has been chosen by The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas for an Administrative Fellowship position. The 18-month Methodist Administrative Fellowship Program emphasizes learning through rotational exposure to corporate services, an academic medical center and dynamic community hospitals. Individuals develop a comprehensive understanding of a complex health care organization with a strong academic and spiritual mission, and have many opportunities to further develop their leadership and communication skills.  The first month is spent meeting with senior leadership throughout the organization and learning about key initiatives. Following the orientation period, individuals enter into a rotation-based curriculum with some customization available to optimize his/her experience. The six rotations included in the curriculum are: Physician Organization, Operations, Corporate Finance, Corporate (System), Community Hospital, and Executive Vice President of The Methodist Hospital.

Jason Schweitzer

Jason Schweitzer has been chosen by Palmetto Health of Columbia, South for a Fellowship position in their performance and analytics department. The 12-month Fellowship Program emphasizes learning through projects and spending time on each campus getting acquainted with key leaders and the main service areas and departments for which these leaders are responsible. After the completion of the individual campus rotations and shadowing, the Fellow will spend time in the performance and analytics department. Individuals develop a comprehensive understanding of a complex health care organization with a strong academic and spiritual mission, and have many opportunities to further develop their leadership and communication skills, with a special focus on process improvement, patient safety and quality.  The fellow has access to all senior management meetings, and has weekly discussions with the CEO of Palmetto Health, Charles D. Beaman, Jr.  This fellowship was created specifically for Jason, as a way to encourage his interest in process improvement and still allow him to have a fellowship experience.

Perry Heard

Perry Heard has been chosen for the administrative fellowship program with Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). Perry will begin his one-year fellowship on June 25, 2012. CHW is a $13-billion dollar multi-state health system of 40 hospitals in Arizona, California and Nevada; 8,900 acute care beds; over 60,000 caregivers and staff; the fifth largest hospital provider in the nation and the largest hospital system in California. CHW has been named by Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, as one of the first federally designated Hospital Engagement Centers to participate in a national initiative to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. The CHW Administrative Fellowship develops highly-motivated, talented people into healthcare leaders through challenging projects designed to develop strategic, leadership and business acumen while contributing to the overall mission of CHW. The fellowship is a rotational program that includes six months at a CHW corporate office and six months at a CHW acute care facility. Perry will be sponsored by the CHW Chief Operations Officer and will work directly with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other members of the CHW executive team. His primary areas of concentration will be operations management, financial management and strategic planning.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell