Administrative Fellowship Programs

Effective health care leadership has a major impact on the experience of every patient, family, and professional.  This is why our Administrative Fellowship Programs are designed to provide you with the comprehensive, practical knowledge, mentorship and experience essential to excellence. This is your chance to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real life and inspire excellence for every life you touch.

 

About Our Programs

Discover why so many of the finest health care graduates enter the HSHS Administrative Fellowship Program. Listen to their success stories and see whether this program would be a good fit for your education, skills, and interests.

 

Program Details

HSHS fellowship programs provide a dynamic and engaging experience that will positively affect your ability to provide quality, compassionate care as you pursue a career in health care. As a fellow, you will be part of a longstanding and evolving health system, allowing you the opportunity to embrace the mission and ministry of HSHS.

HSHS will offer four two-year fellowships beginning July 2020 to graduates of CAHME-accredited health care-focused degree programs. Two positions will be at the System Services Center in Springfield, IL; one position will be at the HSHS Central Illinois Division in Springfield; and one position will be at the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division in Green Bay.

Our fellowship programs have proven highly effective, with many of our graduates finding excellent leadership positions within the Hospital Sisters Health System organization. Here are some prime examples of where this dynamic program can take you:

 

Taylor Otis – Taylor graduated in 2018 with her Master of Health Administration from the University of Iowa and is currently in the second year of her fellowship serving hospital operations in the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division. Taylor can be reached at Taylor.Otis@hshs.org.

Michelle Filipek – Michelle graduated in 2018 with her Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University and is currently in the second year of her fellowship serving hospital operations in the HSHS Southern Illinois Division. Michelle can be reached at Michelle.Filipek@hshs.org.

Liana Cherian – Liana graduated in 2018 with her Master of Health Administration from the University of North Texas and is currently in the second year of her fellowship supporting hospital operations in the HSHS Central Illinois Division in Springfield, IL. Liana can be reached at Liana.Cherian@hshs.org.

Milan Patel – Milan graduated in 2018 with his Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University and is currently in the second year of his fellowship serving as the interim manager of Prevea Health's general surgery. Milan can be reached at Milan.Patel@hshs.org.

Eric Merkley – Eric graduated in 2019 with his Master of Health Administration from the University of Utah and is currently in the first year of his fellowship serving at the System Services Center in Springfield, IL. Eric can be reached at Eric.Merkley@hshs.org.

Alyssa Zessin – Alyssa graduated in 2019 with her Master of Health Administration from Texas Woman's University and is currently in the first year of her fellowship serving at the System Services Center in Springfield, IL. Alyssa can be reached at Alyssa.Zessin@hshs.org.

Our fellowship programs have proven highly effective, with many of our graduates finding excellent leadership positions within the Hospital Sisters Health System organization. Here are some prime examples of where this dynamic program can take you:

Travis S. Walters – Travis graduated in 2017 with his Master of Health Administration from Texas A&M University and currently serves as the director of ambulance services at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. Travis can be reached at Travis.Walters@hshs.org.

Luke Straus – Luke graduated in 2017 with his Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University and is currently in the second year of his fellowship serving the Central Illinois Post Acute Care Division in Springfield, IL. Luke can be reached at Luke.Straus@hshs.org.

Katie Gaudian – Katie graduated in 2016 with her Master of Health Administration from University of Iowa and currently serves as division manager of strategy and business development in the HSHS Central Illinois Division. Katie can be reached at Katie.Gaudian@hshs.org.

Michael Pesely – Michael graduated in 2016 with his Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University and is currently serving as a director of operations at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL. Michael can be reached at Michael.Pesely@hshs.org.

Heather Gray - Heather graduated from University of Iowa in 2015 with her Master of Health Administration and is currently the medical staff manager for the HSHS Medical Group based in Springfield, IL. Heather can be reached at Heather.Gray@hshs.org.

Caleb Jensema - Caleb graduated in 2014 with his Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics from University of Missouri and is currently serving as director of budget and finance at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, WI. Caleb can be reached at: Caleb.Jensema@hshs.org.

Aaron Puchbauer - Aaron graduated from University of Missouri in 2009 with his Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration. After serving as director of operations at HSHS St. Francis Hospital located in Litchfield, IL, Aaron was appointed president and CEO of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville, IL where he still currently serves. Aaron can be reached at: Aaron.Puchbauer@hshs.org.

Sam Brown – Sam graduated in 2016 with his Master in Health Administration from Saint Louis University and is currently serving as a director of operations at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, IL. Sam can be reached at Samuel.Brown@hshs.org.

Maria Benitez - Maria graduated in 2016 with her Master of Health Administration from University of Missouri and is currently serving as the pharmacy business operations manager at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI. Maria can be reached at Maria.Benitez@hshs.org.

Erica Bruns - Erica graduated in 2015 with her Master in Health Administration and graduate certificate in Public Health from University of Missouri. Erica is currently the director of operations at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Erica can be reached at Erica.Bruns@hshs.org.

Andrew Wilmes - Andrew graduated in 2015 with his Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University and is currently a manager of accreditation readiness in the HSHS Southern Illinois Division. Andrew can be reached at Andrew.Wilmes@hshs.org.

Whitney Brasel - Whitney graduated with her Master of Health Administration in 2014 from Saint Louis University and is currently serving as director of patient experience for the HSHS Central Illinois Division. Whitney can be reached at: Whitney.Brasel@hshs.org.

Terri Ligon - Terri graduated from University of Iowa in 2010 with her Master of Health Administration and currently serves as the division director of insurance financial systems for the HSHS Illinois Single Billing Office based in Springfield, IL. Terri can be reached at: Terri.Ligon@hshs.org.

To Apply

Candidates are required to fill out an application through the HSHS career portal.

Required Materials
  • Official transcript and verification of graduation from baccalaureate program and official transcript of graduate school curriculum to date from a CAHME-accredited program
     
  • Three reference letters, including one from your program director/advisor
     
  • Resume
     
  • Personal statement of your fellowship and career objectives, including:
    • What you will bring to HSHS in furthering our mission
    • Why you are pursuing an administrative fellowship
    • Your career goals and how the HSHS Administrative Fellowship will benefit you

The application for the HSHS 2021 Administrative Fellowship Program will be available in August 2020. Questions? Please contact fellow@hshs.org.

Program Description

Administrative fellows will be part of a longstanding and evolving health system, allowing them the opportunity to embrace the mission and ministry of HSHS. Typically, administrative fellows spend one year at our System Services Center in Springfield, Illinois, and one year at one of our 15 local system hospitals, the HSHS Medical Group, or Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants.

Fellows will gain a thorough understanding of the System Services Center functions. Based on the needs of the local systems, as well as the fellows' needs, they may be assigned to one of the local health center communities, or the HSHS Medical Group, where they will leverage their experience to help implement HSHS programs.


Program Structure

Administrative fellows report directly to HSHS Chief Human Resource Officer, David Beach.
The fellows will spend the first month of the program shadowing senior operational leaders to orient operations of the system and become acquainted with leaders across the system. In the months to follow, fellows will rotate throughout departments in the system completing projects. Rotations provide high-level exposure and hands-on project involvement in the following areas:
 

Human Resources
Quality
Supply Chain
Strategy
Finance
 

Fellows will have the opportunity to choose or create multiple elective rotations. Opportunities include rotating with the HSHS Medical Group, Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, Legal, Risk, IT, and Mission.

Fellows can expect the opportunity to attend local and system board meetings, travel with leaders to locations across the system and attend professional development conferences.

The second year of the fellowship gives fellows in-depth expertise within a specific area of interest. Based on personal interest and the needs of the organization, fellows identify a focus and work with senior leaders in that area. Second-year placement could be at any of the 15 local hospitals, the HSHS Medical Group, Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, or in the System Services Center.

Central Illinois Division Administrative Fellowship

If selected as one of the fellows for the Central Illinois Division (CID) of HSHS you will have the opportunity to spend two years learning the intricacies of a longstanding and rapidly evolving health system.

The CID includes HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL; HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, IL; HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield; HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville; and Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois and St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield.

The CID Fellowship, based in Springfield, IL provides graduates from MHA, MPH, MBA or other health care focus degree programs, accredited by CAHME, an unparalleled educational experience at both the division and hospital levels.

Eastern Wisconsin Division Administrative Fellowship

If selected as one of the fellows for the Eastern Wisconsin Division (EWD) of HSHS, you will have the opportunity to spend two years learning the intricacies of a longstanding and rapidly evolving health system.

The EWD includes HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, WI; HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, WI; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, WI.

The EWD Fellowship, based in Green Bay, WI provides graduates from MHA, MPH, MBA or other health care focus degree programs, accredited by CAHME, an unparalleled educational experience at both the division and hospital levels.

Please note: HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division accepts fellows every other year. They will receive applications in August 2021.

Careers Throughout Our System

Whether your skills lie in nursing, allied health, leadership, information technology, physician/advanced-practice areas, or clerical/administration, we offer exceptional opportunities to learn, grow, and drive your career forward.

At Hospital Sisters Health System, you’ll find the training and development resources, supportive management, and teamwork you need to realize success for each patient, the communities we serve, and your career.

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