Andrew Smith and Jerrica Vallade George have been chosen by The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas for Administrative Fellowship positions. 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.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith


Jerrica Vallade George

Jerrica Vallade George

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 five rotations included in the curriculum are: Corporate Finance, Operations, Corporate (System), Community Hospital, and Executive Vice President of The Methodist Hospital.

Jamie Crystal Lee

Jamie Crystal Lee

Jamie Crystal Lee has been accepted as an administrative fellow at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Illinois. It is a two-year administrative fellowship position. The program is a combination of institutionally structured rotations and projects that are fellow-directed activities. Jamie’s first month will be spent gaining an understanding of the hospital and system departments through shadowing and informational interviews. The following months she will have three to four rotations embedded in various departments, and one of these rotations will be at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to have an exposure to both an academic medical center and a community hospital. Other rotations will be selected based on the core skills set that Northwestern believes she should develop, as well her interests and institutional need. Jamie will also be able to engage in a long-term process improvement training class and lead a process improvement project that may or may not be in an area of rotation.

The second year is spent serving Northwestern as an interim manager of a department that is based on Jamie’s goals and skills, and institutional need. Throughout her administrative fellowship experience, she will be partnered with a mentor team comprised of a Vice President, a Director, and the Administrative Fellowship program manager. This provides Jamie, an aspiring healthcare leader, the opportunity to foster a relationship between experienced leaders at Northwestern..

 

Christina Holch

Christina Holch

Christina Holch has been chosen by ARAMARK Healthcare for an Administrative Fellowship position, and will be working at Capital Health in New Jersey. She will start this new position in June 2011. The one-year administrative fellowship offers experience in hospital administration and in-depth exposure to ARAMARK Healthcare’s national perspective on clinical support services. Christina will be working with other ARAMARK Healthcare fellows who will collaborate on a research paper examining clinical support services and the impact they have on quality/clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, market share, and financial performance. In 2011, ARAMARK fellows will also have the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) and/or Ireland to spend several days in the ARMARK UK and/or Ireland operations. Besides learning how ARAMARK’s international facilities operate, the fellows will meet with executives at those facilities to learn the current key issues for hospital executives abroad, and how they are addressing them

 

Ritu Patel

Ritu Patel

Ritu Patel has been accepted as the Strategic Planning Administrative Fellow for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) in Winston-Salem, NC. She will begin in June 2011 for the duration of one year. The Administrative Fellowship in Strategic Planning is hosted by WFUBMC’s Strategic Planning division, which serves as an internal consulting group supporting the Wake Forest University Physician practices as well as North Carolina Baptist Hospital and its affiliate hospitals. The Fellowship is designed to give its participants broad exposure to the field of healthcare administration, with particular emphasis on Strategic Planning. Exposure to other hospital departments will come through rotations with the Operations track Fellows. However the fellowship is mostly project based, with 70% of the time being occupied with project work that includes projects such as writing Certificates of Need (CON), development of business plans, and market share analyses.

Keela Jackson

Keela Jackson

Keela Jackson accepted a position as an Administrative Fellow at the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. The administrative fellowship is for one-year and will begin in June. The administrative fellowship experience will include rotations through various departments of the medical center and some of the community clinics. Keela will also have an opportunity to complete rotations through the Network Office, the Boston VA Healthcare System and to visit other departments/facilities of interest. She will work on various tasks and projects, attend senior level meetings, and nation conferences. Some of the projects Keela will work on include involvement with rural health initiatives, assisting with projects for the Rural Healthcare Resource Center and the Rural VA Mobile Health Clinic.

Robert Farias

Robert Farias

Robert Farias accepted a position as an Administrative Fellow at the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. The administrative fellowship is for one-year and will begin in June. The administrative fellowship experience will include rotations through various departments of the medical center and some of the community clinics. Robert will also have an opportunity to complete rotations through the Network Office, the Boston VA Healthcare System and to visit other departments/facilities of interest. He will work on various tasks and projects, attend senior level meetings, and national conferences. Robert’s projects will include involvement with rural health initiatives, assisting with projects for the Rural Healthcare Resource Center and the Rural VA Mobile Health Clinic.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell