MedStar Health System Administrative Fellowship

Become a MedStar Health
System Administrative Fellow

 

Thank you for considering an Administrative Fellowship with MedStar Health. I began my career as the Administrative Fellow at MedStar Health's largest hospital, the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, more than 30 years ago. Since then, I have been a firm believer in not only the invaluable experience the fellow can gain, but the fresh perspective you can bring to our organization.

This fellowship is unique in that the fellow is not located within one of our hospitals. Rather, the fellow is based at MedStar's corporate office in Columbia, MD.

At the system level, the fellow provides staff support to projects of interest to you. In addition, the fellow has the unique opportunity to attend MedStar Health Board meetings. Furthermore, the fellow will attend my Leadership Team meetings and Senior Manager Lecture Series to give you not only the perspective of important initiatives within our organization, but to observe the challenges and the way in which the MedStar Leadership Team and I address those challenges.

In addition, you will spend time at MedStar Health's 10 hospitals and 20 diversified organizations in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C., working on various projects and attending hospital executive meetings and Board meetings.

Needless to say, the fellow experiences tremendous exposure to both system and hospital executives throughout the course of this fellowship. I encourage you to explore our website and to contact our current fellow with any additional questions you may have. On behalf of the leadership team at MedStar Health, thank you for exploring this unique opportunity and we look forward to your application.

Sincerely,

Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, President and CEO
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Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President and CEO

 

About the MedStar Health System Administrative Fellowship

The MedStar Health System Administrative Fellowship offers a unique, one-year experience in the management of a regional, not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery system. The fellow reports directly to the President and CEO of MedStar Health, Kenneth Samet, the Executive Vice President and COO, Dr. Joy Drass, and the Senior Vice President of Performance Transformation, Jeffrey Matton. The fellow is responsible for providing staff support and leadership to designated projects, while working closely with system and hospital leaders. The fellow will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how hospital and ambulatory operations integrate across the healthcare system and are supported by corporate services. The fellow also has the opportunity to:

  • Participate in high-level discussions regarding the myriad of strategic and operational issues affecting the system
  • Interact extensively and develop working relationships with the MedStar Health Leadership Team
  • Provide support to operational services projects, both at the corporate level and at various hospital and ambulatory sites
  • Receive mentoring from seasoned healthcare executives

How does the fellowship work?

The fellowship begins with orientation through many corporate and operational services, however to a great extent, the fellowship is self-directed. Fellows are encouraged to apply their individual background, interests and experience in the work environment in order to contribute to the system while gaining an in-depth understanding of an integrated healthcare delivery system. The administrative fellow is based out of the corporate office in Columbia, MD. However, as the fellow develops working relationships with the entire MedStar Health Leadership Team, he/she will participate in various projects and initiatives across MedStar Health’s 10 hospitals and diversified organizations, including MedStar Ambulatory Services sites, MedStar Medical Group and Managed Care initiatives. The fellow will have the opportunity to support operational service projects, both at the corporate level and at various hospital and ambulatory sites, including patient safety, clinical outcomes, service line operations, information technology, supply chain management, technology assessment, risk reduction, and quality care initiatives.

Ready to learn more about the MedStar Health Administrative Fellowship Programs?

If you would like to learn more about MedStar Health Administrative Fellowship Programs and have an opportunity to ask past and current fellows questions,
please join us for an informational webinar.

Past MedStar Health System Administrative Fellowship Projects

Below are examples of the various projects that former MedStar Health System Administrative Fellows have managed.

Conducted a system wide assessment of the pharmacy enterprise’s contracting, distribution, purchasing and inventory management functions and developed a roadmap for operational improvement and cost savings in the areas of people, processes and technology.
Developed and presented a plan to improve ambulatory surgery patient satisfaction at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital by gaining patient and clinician perspectives. The Fellow observed and documented the continuum of care throughout the patient's experience at the hospital. Required interaction with associates at all levels - from surgeons and nurses to admitting staff and waiting room receptionists.
Facilitated and aided in the development of enterprise risk management assessments within the Supply Chain Department and the MedStar Health Research Institute; both assessments were presented by their respective leaders to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
Developed a performance improvement analysis to be presented to senior MedStar Health executives that included potential cost savings within dietary, environmental services, and plant operations totaling $12.9 million.
Collaborated with the Vice President of MedStar Sports Medicine to inventory CAM specialists within MedStar Health - used the inventory to develop a specialist matrix to which MedStar Health physicians can refer for CAM specialists' contact information.
Researched, developed, distributed RFP for system-wide Agency Vendor Management Program, participated in final selection/negotiations/contracting processes for preferred vendor and directed all supporting communications to streamline supplemental staffing processes and achieve Y1 reduction in annual system-wide expense for clinical agency staffing.
Directed system-wide TobaccoFree employee initiative: leveraged supplier relationships to procure employee support/cessation resources, proposed/co-chaired system-wide TobaccoFree Committee, designed/implemented system-wide internal and external marketing/communications strategic plan/toolkit including messaging/tactics for 25,000 employees, 5,000 physicians, and regional audiences.
Developed system-wide HCAHPS/Patient Experience operational communications strategy, incorporating accountabilities for patient safety, quality of care, patient experience for internal/external transparency initiative.
Collaborated with corporate and entity physician leadership to design/present a system-level strategy for recruiting/retaining physicians and medical residents following 27 health system market analysis and review of internal best practices.
Initiated internal analysis of MedStar Health's community outreach planning program and presented to Senior Leadership a proposal for optimizing impact of investment in community-building and academic partnership activities.

Current MedStar Health System Administrative Fellow

Xavier OwensXavier Owens

Graduate School: University of Michigan
Phone: 410-772-6632
Email: [email protected]

 

 

Should you have any questions about the MedStar Health System Administrative Fellowship program, please do not hesitate to contact the current Administrative Fellow.

Alumni

The following are Ken Samet's Administrative Fellows from his tenure at the Washington Hospital Center to the present (the MedStar Health System Administrative Fellowship began in 2005)

Hilary BraggHilary Bragg, 2019
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Director of System Operations Integration, MedStar Health

Ektaa NichaniEktaa Nichani, 2018
Graduate School: University of Minnesota

Krista WallKrista Wall, 2017
Graduate School: University of Minnesota
Current Position: Director of Service Line Operations & System Integration, MedStar Health 

Caroline KincaidCaroline Kincaid, 2016
Graduate School: Harvard University
Current Position: Assistant Vice President, MedStar Health

Sarah Abou-Maddock, 2015
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Director of Strategic Initiatives, MedStar Medical Group

Ryan Moran, 2014
Graduate School: Xavier University
Current Position: Director of Community Health, MedStar Harbor Hospital. MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Brain Frey, 2013
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Executive Director of Business Development and Physician Relations, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Ana Alvarez, 2012
Graduate School: University of North Carolina

Emily Briton, 2011
Graduate School: George Washington University
Current Position: Vice President of Professional Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Bryan Francis, 2010
Graduate School: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Current Position: Senior Consultant, EY

Marcus Guynn, 2009
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Engagement Manager, The Chartis Group

Thomas Breakey, FACHE, 2008
Graduate School: Medical University of South Carolina
Current Position: Vice President, Operations, MedStar Medical Group Anesthesiology

Molly Zmuda, 2007
Graduate School: University of North Carolina
Current Position: Senior Director, Member Connections, Vizient, Inc.

Zahirah McNatt, 2006
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Johns Hopkins International

Adrian Dominguez, 2005
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Sr. Managed Care Consultant, Nicklaus Children’s Health System

Rebecca Overkamp, 1999
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Executive Consultant, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Alicia Gable, 1998
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Health Science Specialist, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Jeff Matton, 1997
Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Current Position: Senior Vice President, MedStar 2020 Performance Transformation

Jill Donaldson, FACHE, 1996
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: President, MedStar Harbor Hospital

Sabrina Brown, 1995
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: Managing Director, Wilkinson and Associates

Katie Diefanthaler, 1994
Graduate School: University of Michigan

Victoria Bayless, 1993
Graduate School: University of Michigan
Current Position: President and CEO, Anne Arundel Health System

Erin Grace, 1992
Graduate School: Ohio State University
Current Position: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Terrence Akin, FACHE, 1991
Graduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Current Position: CEO, Cone Health