Main entrance administrative fellowship imageSeattle 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

    Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds and thoughts because this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Each of us is respectfully encouraged to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes diversity and inclusion at all levels.

  • 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:

    2007–2009

    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

    2009–2011

    Alison (Starks) Bender
    MHSA, University of Kansas School of Medicine
    Administrative Director of Heart Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital

    2010–2012

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

    2011–2013

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

    2012–2014

    Whitney Murphy 
    MHA, University of Washington
    Director, General Surgery and Urology Service Line, Seattle Children's

    2013–2015

    Jesse Favre 
    MSW, MBA, Washington University in St. Louis
    Lecturer, Public Management Center, University of Kansas
    Senior Trainer, Public Management Center, University of Kansas Manager of Performance Improvement and Quality at Belton Regional Medical Center, Senior Trainer, Public Management Center, University of Kansas

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

    2014–2015

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

    2015–2017

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

    2016–2018

    Kelsey Hyatt 
    MHA, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    Manager, Administrative Services, North Sound Clinic, Seattle Children’s

    Snigdha Paruchuri 
    MHSA, University of Michigan School of Public Health
    Executive Project Manager, Office of the CEO, Seattle Children’s

    2017–2019

    Scott Sontag 
    LICSW, MPA, MHA, University of Utah
    Second-Year Administrative Fellow, Business Manager of Emergency Services and Urgent Care, Seattle Children’s

    2018–2020

    Keahi Higa 
    MHA, MPH, University of Utah
    First-Year Administrative Fellow, Seattle Children's

    Melvin L. Smith Jr. 
    MPH, Brown University
    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

    • MBA, MHA, MHSA, MPH, MSN, MHI, or other closely related program
    • Relevant work experience (summer or previous employment)

    Application deadline

    • The application deadline for 2018 is Tuesday, September 25.

    Required application materials

    • Current résumé
    • Three letters of recommendation (only one from a faculty member of your graduate program)
    • Official or Unofficial 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 in one PDF document.

    If you are interested in an informational interview with current administrative fellows, we are having an informational webinar on August 24 from 1–2 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, Keahi Higa, Melvin Smith, and Scott Sonntag.

  • Date: August 24, 2018
    Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Pacific time
    Host: Current Seattle Children’s fellows

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    • Meeting number (access code): 802 687 410
    • Meeting password: Childrens2018
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