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Administrative Fellowship Programs

The HSHS Fellowship Programs provide a dynamic and engaging experience that will positively affect the fellows’ ability to provide quality, compassionate care as they pursue a career in health care.

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Fellows will be a part of a longstanding and evolving heath system, allowing them the opportunity to embrace the mission and ministry of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.

2024 Fellowships

HSHS will offer three, 18-month fellowships beginning July 2024 to graduates of CAHME-accredited, health-care focused degree programs. Fellow positions will spend their initial six months gaining exposure to system level leadership and functions based in Springfield, Illinois. 

Any questions about the administrative fellowships at HSHS can be directed to jennifer.nichols@hshs.org.  

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Join us at a virtual information session

FOR INTERESTED 2024 ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOW CANDIDATES! 

Session 1
July 20, 2023  | 4-5pm CST

Session 2
August 10, 2023  |  5-6pm CST

Please email jennifer.nichols@hshs.org to learn more and pre-register for the info sessions.  

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 the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Each year three Administrative fellows are selected and spend their first six months in functional and operational rotations at our System Services Center in Springfield, Illinois, and then transferring into an operational role within our system. At the end of their 18-month fellowship, our goal for each fellow that successfully completed their internship is to find permanent placement in an operational leadership role based on the needs of the local systems where they will leverage their experience to help implement HSHS programs.
Program Structure
Administrative Fellows report directly to HSHS Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Kathy Donovan.

The Fellows will spend the first six months of the program shadowing senior operational leaders to orient operations of the system. Project based work in operations providing overlapping involvement with human resources, quality, mission, communication, strategy, supply chain and finance. In the 12 months to follow, fellows will transition into the hospital setting in an operational role at either HSHS St. Vincent’s Hospital Green Bay, Wisconsin or HSHS St. John’s Hospital Springfield, Illinois

HSHS fellows can expect the opportunity to attend local and system board meetings, travel with leaders to locations across the system (Wisconsin and Illinois) and attend professional development conferences.
Focus on Hospital Operations
HSHS is committed to providing the exposure and experience needed to successfully lead operational functions within an acute care setting after 18 months. Placement in operational leadership role is the ideal end goal for this fellowship program. Growing our future leaders of health care one fellowship at a time.
How to apply
The application for the 2024 Fellowships will open on July 1, 2023. The deadline to apply will be Friday, September 15, 2023. 
Materials required for application
  • Proof of graduation from baccalaureate program and enrollment in graduate school curriculum to date from a CAHME-accredited program. 
  • Two reference letters - one reference letter must be from current MHA program director or advisor 
  • Resume 
  • Written 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
    • All items must be included in one PDF and uploaded in the resume portion of the online application.