Administrative Fellowship

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. As the largest freestanding pediatric provider in the region with a 135-year legacy of excellence, Lurie Children’s is an academic pediatric healthcare leader committed to providing unsurpassed healthcare for children and educating future healthcare leaders. Our Administrative Fellowship Program fulfills that commitment by providing analytical, financial and leadership experiences to diverse, emerging healthcare leaders in a dynamic environment to achieve a healthier future for every child.

The one-year administrative fellowship is a project-based program which allows fellows the opportunity to gain exposure to all facets of the organization. Administrative fellows work closely with the senior leadership teams on projects that address operational and strategic initiatives. The project-based structure allows fellows to tailor the experience to their interests, while supporting the mission of Lurie Children’s.

Along with project work, fellows attend leadership and board meetings and are encouraged to supplement their experience with additional meetings, shadowing and partaking in other activities across the hospital.

Objectives

The objectives of the fellowship include:

  • Postgraduate experiential learning and professional growth
  • Contribution to the organization through specific assignments, responsibilities and deliverables
  • Fostering mentor/mentee relationships with the senior executive team

Executive Sponsors, Mentors & Co-Chairs

Administrative fellows report to the program’s executive sponsor, Michelle Stephenson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Doug Niedzwiecki, Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Medical Group Operations, Mary Alida Brisk, Chief Talent and Learning Officer, and Maureen Mahoney, Vice President of Transition Planning, are the fellow’s mentors. Each leader provides support and guidance for learning opportunities, project work, and professional development throughout the fellowship.

Phil Schettenhelm and Emily LeVin are the fellowship program’s co-chairs. Both are former fellows and offer ongoing and informal support to current fellows.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. While all applications will be reviewed, it may be beneficial to apply earlier than the deadline. 

There are two ways to apply to the Administrative Fellowship program at Lurie Children's:

  1. Submit required materials using the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Apply here

    OR

  2. Submit the materials listed below through Lurie Children’s Job Portal by Wednesday, October 2, 2019:

    • Resume
    • Official Graduate Transcript
    • Personal Statement: A one- to two-page single-spaced statement addressing career goals, your decision to pursue a fellowship experience and specific expectations of the Lurie Children's fellowship
    • Essay: In one single-spaced page or less, explain the benefits and challenges of being a free-standing children’s hospital
    • Three letters of recommendation addressed to Lurie Children’s Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee (submitted directly from the recommender to adminfellowship@luriechildrens.org)

It is the policy of the hospital to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment and to ensure equal opportunity in all terms and conditions of employment or potential employment with the hospital. The hospital prohibits discrimination and harassment against any individual and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, color, age, religion, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or, any other protected basis under applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Application Process Dates

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Application packet must be submitted
  • Mid to Late October 2019 - Interview Process
  • Early to Mid-November 2019 - Selection Date
  • June 2020 - Start Date

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates must have an MHA, MPA, MPH or MBA with a concentration in healthcare or equivalent from an accredited graduate program, and complete the didactic portion of their program by the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Candidates in programs that require completion of a fellowship as a graduation requirement are also eligible to apply.

Candidates typically have limited work experience, ranging from summer internships to full-time work experience prior to graduate school.

Summer Administrative Internship

Lurie Children’s offers a project-based summer administrative internship for graduate students. The application period for Summer 2019 is now closed. Internship information and application details for the Summer 2020 will be available in December 2019.

Questions about this program can be directed to adminfellowship@luriechildrens.org.

Contact the Current Fellow

Matthew Ludwig, MS-HSM
Administrative Fellow
312.227.5588
adminfellowship@luriechildrens.org

Previous Fellows

2018 -19

Preston Blackburn, MPH | Texas A&M University

Highlighted Projects:

  • Created an institution-wide recommendation to improve after-hour communication between primary care providers and Lurie Children’s specialists
  • Co-led committee focused on improving employee engagement through developing culture champions, employee recognition, and improving diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Developed a needs assessment and market landscape analysis to identify current state of homelessness and home instability among  Chicago youth

Current Position: Project Manager, Physician Engagement, Lurie Children’s

2018-2019

Jessica Prieskorn, MHSA | University of Michigan

Highlighted Projects:

  • Directed a workgroup measuring the impact of a new, transformative psychiatric inpatient care model
  • Co-managed a $1.5M budget for six strategic clinical initiatives through tracking program development, hiring, and spending versus budget
  • Developed local and regional multi-year growth strategy recommendations aligned with national healthcare trends and organization’s strategic goals

Current Position: Consultant, Government Programs, Value Based Care, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

2017-18

Amelia Aiello, HCMBA | Loyola University Chicago

Highlighted Projects:

  • Project manager for taskforce charged with assessing processes used to develop external hospital partnerships and outpatient satellites
  • Created a dashboard to track FTE usage and determine causes of budget variances
  • Conducted an extensive analysis of 40 hospitals in the Chicago market and presented opportunities for expanded partnerships to the executive leadership team and academic chairs

Current Position: Division Administrator for Emergency Medicine and Child Abuse Pediatrics, Lurie Children’s 

2016-17

Jasmine Rossman, MS-HSM | Rush University

Highlighted Projects:

  • Opening new Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center
  • Facilitated the ongoing program enhancements for the fellowship
  • Aided in planning for the inpatient expansion project

Current Position: Transition Planning Manager, Lurie Children’s 

2015-16

Emily LeVin, MHA | University of Minnesota

Highlighted Projects:

  • Comparative data assessment and presentation of top pediatric healthcare facilities
  • Comprehensive review of linen distribution and usage with implemented recommendations on improved processes and cost savings
  • Observation and analysis of provider ambulatory utilization and throughput

Current Position: Division Administrator for Neonatology, Lurie Children’s

2014-15

Shanna Kirshenblatt, MHSA | University of Michigan

Highlighted Projects:

  • Analyzed and provided recommendations regarding convenient care models
  • Led and facilitated Heart Failure team achieving Center of Excellence designation
  • Conducted a market analysis and proposed partnership opportunities with a children’s hospital in Peoria, IL

Current Position: Associate, Innovation Consulting at Healthbox 

2013-14

Lexi Lennox Sals, MHA | University of Michigan

Highlighted Projects:

  • Peripheral IV infiltrate scale implementation
  • International Patient Services department/program development
  • Daily safety debriefs implementation

Current Position: Program Manager, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern Medicine 

2012-13

Francesca Chiappo Sherman, MHSA | George Washington University

Highlighted Projects:

  • International patients operational/financial workflow
  • Implementation of family-activated response team
  • Monitored and reported to senior management quarterly key performance indicators for relocation project

Current Position: Senior Healthcare Consultant, Ernst & Young 

2011-12

Ryan Howard, MHA | University of Minnesota

Highlighted Projects:

  • Designed, implemented and managed the Move Support Center
  • Implemented a new scheduling process for the echo lab
  • Developed business plan for new convenient care clinic in Lincoln Park

Current Position: General Manager, Skarnes, Inc. 

2010-11

Phil Schettenhelm, MHSA | Georgetown University

Highlighted Projects:

  • Ambulance and route planning for move day to Lurie Children’s
  • Investiture committee consultant RFP/selection
  • New hospital outpatient and operating room space utilization tool

Current Position: Division Administrator for Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition, Kidney Diseases & Infectious Diseases, Lurie Children’s 

2009-10

Colleen Russell, MHSA | University of Michigan

Highlighted Projects:

  • H1N1 emergency preparedness
  • Collaboration with the Feinberg School of Medicine on research forms
  • Accountable care organizations

Current Position: Senior Staff to the Senior Vice President of Value-Based Care, Northwestern Medicine 

2008-09

Olga Bergman, MHSA | Georgetown University

Highlighted Projects:

  • Ambulatory patient access
  • Hospital transparency
  • Physician education

Current Position: Data Analytics and Reporting Manager, Lurie Children's 

2007-08

Colin Harding, MHSA | University of Michigan

Highlighted Projects:

  • Worked with Impact Advisors, LLC, to coordinate, manage, and develop the short-term and long-term hospital information technology plan
  • Designed and led an investigation of helicopter transports and the additional clinical risk of using an off-site helipad
  • Analyzed Emergency Department utilization data to identify which geographic areas produced the largest volume

Current Position: Director, Facility Master Planning, Lurie Children’s

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