Main entrance administrative fellowship image Seattle Children’s Hospital – ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report – serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. For over 100 years, we have cared for children with illnesses and injuries. Though much has changed in pediatric medicine during the past century, we are proud that Seattle Children’s has often been at the forefront of these advances.

Seattle Children’s is dedicated to caring for our young patients, training healthcare professionals, pursuing research and clinical innovation and serving our community. To achieve our vision of being an innovative leader in pediatric health and wellness, one of our strategic plan goals is to develop the next generation of pediatric healthcare leaders.

  • The two-year fellowship program is tailored to the administrative fellows’ specific interests, as well as to organizational initiatives, during their tenure at the hospital. Fellows will also gain valuable mentorship and professional development opportunities from Seattle Children’s senior executives.

    In the first year, fellows will focus on project-based work in different areas of the organization. In the second year, they will obtain line management experience in a preferred department.

    Key areas of focus in the first year may include (but are not limited to):

    • Hospital operations, inpatient and ambulatory
    • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
    • Strategic planning
    • Financial management
    • Patient safety
    • Information technology
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Physician partnership

  • The primary objectives of the Administrative Fellowship Program are to:

    • Support fellows in developing a comprehensive understanding of pediatric hospital operations
    • Prepare fellows to assume a contributing role on a healthcare management team
    • Provide fellows an opportunity to enhance important managerial competencies such as customer service, financial stewardship, operations management, change management and performance management

  • The fellows will directly report to Cara Bailey, MBA, senior vice president of Continuous Improvement. Bailey serves as the fellows’ direct supervisor and provides exceptional professional guidance, mentoring and support during the two-year fellowship.

  • Our past fellows include:


    Michael Lo
    MHA, University of Washington
    MS, mechanical engineering, University of Texas – Austin
    Director of Medical Specialties, Seattle Children’s

    Sapna Dhruv
    MHA, University of Houston – Clear Lake
    Regional Director of Business Operations, Memorial Hermann Medical Group


    Alison Starks
    MHSA, University of Kansas School of Medicine


    Aaron Dipzinski
    MHPA, Washington State University
    JD, Gonzaga University School of Law
    Director of Operations for Specialty Care, Vancouver Clinic


    Elliott Bosslet
    MHSA, Georgetown University School of Health Studies
    Director of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Colorado


    Whitney Murphy
    MHA, University of Washington
    Director of Seattle Ambulatory Care, Seattle Children’s


    Jesse Favre
    MSW, MBA, Washington University in St. Louis
    Lecturer, Public Management Center, University of Kansas
    Quality Improvement Consultant, Children’s Hospital Association

    Amy Jones
    MPH, New York Medical College
    Manager of Nursing Operations, Miami Children’s


    James Wood
    MHSA, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Business Development Manager, Sutter Health


    Vince Chiu
    MHA, University of Pittsburgh
    Manager, Neuroscience Department, Seattle Children’s


    Kelsey Hyatt
    MHA, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    Second-year administrative fellow, Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, Seattle Children’s

    Snigdha Paruchuri
    MHSA, University of Michigan School of Public Health
    Second-year administrative fellow, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s


    Scott Sontag
    LICSW, MPA, MHA, University of Utah
    First-year administrative fellow, Seattle Children’s

  • Fellows are paid a competitive salary. In addition, they receive the benefits available to full-time employees, and are able to select one national conference per year to attend during the fellowship.

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  • Required qualifications

    • MHA, MHSA, MPH or MBA from an accredited program
    • Relevant work experience (summer or previous employment)

    Application deadline

    • The application deadline for 2017 is Monday, September 25.

    Required application materials

    • Current résumé
    • Three signed, sealed letters of recommendation (only one from a faculty member of your graduate program)
    • Official transcript of completed graduate school courses
    • Narrative statement (less than 500 words) that addresses:
      • How your interest in healthcare management developed
      • Goals you would like to accomplish during the administrative fellowship
      • Your long-term career objectives
    • A short essay (less than 250 words):
      • Choose one of our organizational values (integrity, compassion, equity, innovation, collaboration, excellence) and describe why it is integral to healthcare leadership.

    Please submit all application materials, other than the letters of recommendation, in one PDF document.

    If you are interested in an informational interview with current administrative fellows, we are having an informational webinar on September 1 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific time. For more details, email us.

    Mail and contact information

    Applications are currently being accepted. Please email us your application in one PDF document, with a subject line of “LastName, FirstName: Admin Fellowship Application,” e.g., “Doe, Jane: Admin Fellowship Application.”

    For questions, please email the current fellows, Kelsey Hyatt, Snigdha Paruchuri and Scott Sonntag.