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CommonSpirit

 

Administrative Fellowship Program

The Dignity Health Administrative Fellowship Program gives post-graduate, future leaders the unique opportunity to gain strategic and operational experience in the rapidly evolving health care industry. Through this program, we have the opportunity to promote diversity among our leadership team and deliver humankindness through effective management.

About The Program

Traditionally, Dignity Health has offered a 12-month learning experience that allows fellows to closely observe the challenges of managing a complex and diverse health system. Fellows have had the opportunity to work in Dignity Health’s System and local facilities across California, Arizona, and Nevada.

In early 2019, Dignity Health came together with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to form CommonSpirit Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to building healthier communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen—both inside our hospitals and out in the community. Our commitment to serve the common good is delivered through the dedicated work of thousands of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, and staff. This is accomplished through clinical excellence across a system of hospitals and other care centers covering 21 states, and it offers accessibility to nearly one in four U.S. residents. We have also delivered our commitment through more than $4 billion annually in charity care, community benefits, and government program services. For more information about CommonSpirit Health, please visit us at our website or LinkedIn pages.

As a result of the merger, Dignity Health’s 2020-2021 Administrative Fellowship opportunities will be hosted within the larger CommonSpirit Health organization in the Nebraska and Texas markets. There will not be a west coast specific fellowship placement this year. Instead, CommonSpirit Health will be restructuring their Administrative Fellowship program during the 2020-2021 cycle. More information for the 2021-2022 Administrative Fellowship Program to come in May 2020.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to the fellowship programs offered by CHI, a part of the CommonSpirit Health footprint. Available opportunities vary from 1-2 year programs.

  • CHI Health, Omaha Nebraska. For more information and application details visit the website.
  • CHI St. Luke’s Health, Houston Texas. For more information and application details visit the website.

CommonSpirit Health invites individuals who share our passion for humankindness and closely align with our mission, vision, and values to apply to our fellowship programs. Those who possess the following traits and skills are encouraged to apply to our listed programs:

  • Highly motivated work ethic
  • A passion for excellence
  • A willingness to collaborate
  • The desire to deliver humankindness to all individuals
  • A demonstrated history of initiative and creativity
  • The ability to adapt to contrasting and dynamic environments

Qualifications

At the time of their application, candidates must be currently enrolled in their last year of an accredited graduate program pursuing an MHA, MHSA, MPH, MS, MSN, MBA, or similar program and anticipate graduating in the spring, prior to the fellowship start date. Prior healthcare industry experience is a plus. Candidates should also have an interest in being part of a faith-based provider of humankindness. For a full list of requirements, see the specific CHI Health and CHI St. Luke’s Health websites.

Application Process

Please note the processes for each respective program:

 

CHI Health: Omaha, Nebraska:

For CHI Health’s Fellowship opportunity, interested applicants should submit the following information through the NAFCAS (National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service) by October 2, 2019:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest in pursuing the Administrative Fellowship at CHI Health (one-page maximum)
  • Official Graduate School Academic Records
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

For more information, visit CHI Health’s website.

 

CHI St. Luke’s Health: Houston, Texas:

For CHI St. Luke’s Health Fellowship Opportunity, interested applicants should submit the following documents to administrativefellowship@stlukeshealth.org and include: “2020-2021 Administrative Fellowship Application–[Last, First]” with your name in the subject line by September 15, 2019 by 11:59 CST.

  • Completed Application Packet (here)
  • Resumé
  • Cover Letter
  • One-Page Statement of Purpose: Please address why you are pursuing a fellowship with CHI St. Luke’s Health, your areas of interest, and how the fellowship will have an impact on accomplishing your career goals.
  • Official Transcript of Graduate Coursework
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: One (1) professional, one (1) academic, and one (1) other (professional, academic, program director, etc.)

For more information, visit CHI St. Luke’s Health website.

Selection Process

Application Timelines:

CHI Health, Omaha NE

  • Application Submission Deadline: October 2, 2019 on NAFCAS
  • Phone Interviews: October 8-9, 2019
  • Onsite Interviews: October 22 & 24, 2019
  • Selection Decision: Fall 2019
  • Anticipated Start Date: June 2020

 

CHI St. Luke’s Health, Houston TX

  • Application Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019 by 11:59 pm via email
  • Phone/Skype Interviews: Late September 2019
  • Onsite Interviews: Mid October 2019
  • Selection Announcement: November 2019
  • Anticipated Start Date: June 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the CommonSpirit Health Fellowship Structure be announced?

CommonSpirit Health’s Workforce Development team is in the process of restructuring the Administrative Program for the 2021-2022 fellowship cycle. More information will be available in May 2020.

I am interested in working for a Dignity Health hospital, how do I pursue opportunities within Dignity Health’s footprint?

To learn more about current openings within Dignity Health facilities, please visit our jobsite here.

How are CHI Health’s and St. Luke’s Health fellowship programs structured?

CHI Health’s fellowship program is based in the Nebraska market and consists of a two-year rotational structure. The fellow will spend the first part of his or her fellowship with system leadership attending executive leadership team meetings, board meetings, and engaging in and leading initiatives from the system level. During the remainder of his or her term, the fellow will spend time rotating through various aspects of the health system. See the CHI Health’s Administrative Fellowship Program website for more information.

CHI St. Luke’s Heath fellowship program is one year long and is project-based and tailored to meet the individual fellow’s professional interests, as well as serve the operational and strategic goals of CHI St. Luke’s Health. The Administrative Fellowship program offers participants an opportunity to learn about the system’s organizational structure, the mission and the vision of CHI St. Luke’s Health. See the CHI St. Luke’s Health website for more information.

Meet Our Past & Present Fellows

Why Fellows Choose Dignity Health

At Dignity Health, you can help the poor and underserved in an organization that shares your values and aspirations. You’ll have open, ongoing dialogue about your needs, goals and opportunities. We treat employees and patients with dignity and respect, and everyone feels welcome and accepted here, despite our different backgrounds. Dignity Health is willing to invest in you, and that makes a tremendous difference.

Current Fellows

Leslie Yeh

Leslie Yeh, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Leslie Yeh recently earned a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology: Developmental Genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also minored in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. During graduate school, Leslie completed a project that explored colorectal cancer risk among primary care patients and educated participants on colorectal cancer and its risk factors. Her graduate work also focused on increasing patient safety by improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers. In her undergraduate career, Leslie took part in internships that showed her the impact community resources can have in bettering the health of those in underserved communities. This experience is why she is passionate in making high-quality, low-cost care accessible to all individuals and advocating for those in need.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health Glendale System Office  — Operations

Megan Elliott

Megan Elliott, Dignity Health Administrative Fellow

Megan Elliott will graduate in spring 2020 with a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. At Iowa State University, she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Management Information Systems. Megan has completed internships at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, UAB Hospital, and Centegra Health System. She was drawn to healthcare administration because of the diversity of purposeful work and potential impact to provide better care when barriers are broken down. Her dedication to addressing community and individual needs by efficiently using resources is demonstrated by her interest in finance and operations.

Current Rotation: Dignity Health San Francisco System Office  — Finance

Fellowship Alumni Group

Sofia Andrade

Fellow Year: 2018-2019

Graduate School: University of California, Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Kwamane Liddell

Fellow Year: 2018-2019

Graduate School: Saint Louis University

Degree and Year Received: Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration.

Tim Dang

Fellow Year: 2017-2018

Graduate School: Ohio State University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Andrea Martinez

Fellow Year: 2017-2018

Graduate School: University of California at Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Vahe Grigoryan

Fellow Year: 2016-2017

Graduate School: University of Michigan

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration.

Derek Hartman

Fellow Year: 2016-2017

Graduate School: Penn State University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Gia DeMichele

Fellow Year: 2015-2016

Graduate School: Claremont Graduate University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Positive Organizational Psychology.

Jared Williams

Fellow Year: 2015-2016

Graduate School: Washington State University

Degree and Year Received: Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Administration.

Susan Joseph

Fellow Year: 2014-2015

Graduate School: University of Southern California (2005)

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration degree and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

Austin Stringfellow

Fellow Year: 2014-2015

Graduate School: Harvard University (2005)

Degree and Year Received: Master's degree in management and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Danielle Brown

Fellow Year: 2013-2014

Graduate School: California State University Northridge

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2013)

Moses Ike

Fellow Year: 2013-2014

Graduate School: University of Southern California

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2013)

Perry Heard

Fellow Year: 2012-2013

Graduate School: Texas A&M University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2012)

Leah San Agustin

Fellow Year: 2012-2013

Graduate School: Ohio State University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2012)

Valithia Head

Fellow Year:2011-2012

Graduate School: Tulane University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2011)

Diwen Chen

Fellow Year: 2010-2011

Graduate School: Yale School of Public Health

Degree and Year Received: Master of Public Health, Health Management (2010)

Scott Herbert

Fellow Year: 2010-2011

Graduate School: St. Louis University

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2010)

Kriselle Santos

Fellow Year: 2009-2010

Graduate School: University of California Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master of Public Health (2009)

Alice Jo

Fellow Year: 2008-2009

Graduate School: University of California Berkeley

Degree and Year Received: Master of Public Health (2008)

Anthony Saul

Fellow Year: 2008-2009

Graduate School:: The University of Memphis

Degree and Year Received: Master of Business Administration (2004)

Dante Tolbert

Fellow Year: 2008-2009

Graduate School: University of Southern California

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2008)

Allison Prusak

Fellow Year: 2007-2008

Graduate School: University of Minnesota

Degree and Year Received: Master of Healthcare Administration (2007)

Nicholas Tejada

Fellow Year: 2007-2008

Graduate School: University of Kansas

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Services Administration (2007)

Shelby DeCosta

Fellow Year: 2005-2006

Graduate School: University of Southern California

Degree and Year Received: Master of Health Administration (2005)

Shay Strachan

Fellow Year: 2005-2006

Graduate School: University of Minnesota

Degree and Year Received: Master of Healthcare Administration (2005)