Administrative Fellowship Program

Administrative Fellowship Program

The Administrative Fellowship is designed to develop professionally trained men and women for health administration positions of leadership with Community Health Network (CHNw).

The fellowship program is structured to include several months of assignments to CHNw business and functional units with the latter part of the program reserved for project assignments. A master rotation schedule will be developed and used to coordinate the rotations for the Administrative Fellow; an emphasis will be with the operational aspects of the CHNw. Currently, one position is offered each year.

Meet some past fellows and learn more about the program in the video below.

Program Structure

The first several months of the fellowship are devoted to rotations through virtually all key clinical and administrative functions within CHNw. This time allocation may also include rotations with key strategic business partners aligned with CHNw and various local, regional and national organizations that play an important role in health care administration and healthcare delivery.

The remainder of the program is devoted to project assignments and attending leadership and management meetings.

Jason Fahrlander, FACHE
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
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Meet the Fellows

Molly Litteken, Admin FellowMolly Litteken, MHA
Business Performance Manager

Fellow Year: 2019-2020
Graduate School: University of Missouri
Undergraduate: Indiana University


Bree Kreuzman, Admin FellowBree Kreuzman, MHA, MPH
Business Performance Manager

Fellow Year: 2018-2019
Graduate School: Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Undergraduate School: Indiana University


Jeff Caesar, Admin FellowJeff Caesar, MHA, MPH
Manager, Business Development Operations

Fellow Year: 2017-2018
Graduate School: Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Undergraduate School: Purdue University


Kipp Jones, Admin FellowKipp Jones, MHA
Specialty Practice Administrator

Fellow Year: 2016-2017
Graduate School: Cornell University
Undergraduate School: Ball State University


Candidate Requirements and Selection

Candidates must meet these minimum requirements to be considered for the Administrative Fellowship Program:

  1. Enrolled in an MHA, MPH, MBA or related degree program full-time that is accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) or the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME);
  2. Complete a screening interview to evaluate:
    • Motivation for entering the health administration field
    • Level of work experience in and outside of the field
    • Rationale for pursuing the fellowship at CHNw
    • Objectives during the fellowship year
    • Degree of interest in the CHNw fellowship
    • Compatibility with CHNw mission, vision and values
  3. Eligible to work in the U.S.

To be selected, candidates must successfully complete an on-site screening interview process.

Application Process and Timeline

Please email one PDF file to that includes:

  • Current CV
  • One-page letter describing why you are interested in the fellowship program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate school transcripts

If you have any questions about Community Health Network, the fellowship program or the application process, please contact us through the email address.

Dates to Know

Due to COVID-19 and adjustments to the timeline of network strategies, CHNw has decided to postpone the next round of fellowship candidates. Please check back in 2021 for an updated fellowship timeline.

General Information

Salary: The Fellow will be paid a competitive salary.

Travel and Meeting Expenses: The Fellow will have expenses paid for national educational conferences (i.e. ACHE) during the year. (Conferences to be selected with advice from the Program Preceptor.) In addition, CHNw will pay for travel associated with the annual meeting of the Indiana Hospital Association and costs related to project assignments.

PTO (Paid Time Off): The fellow will qualify for PTO in accordance with current CHNw policies and procedures.

Benefits: The Fellow and his/her dependents will be eligible for the CHNw full-time benefit package, including health benefits.

Interview Travel Expenses: CHNw will cover the recruitment costs for a screening interview.

Professional Dues: The cost of student membership in the ACHE will be borne by CHNw.

Pre-employment Screening: Must complete all pre-employment processes (i.e., drug screen, background check, etc.).

Program Components

We will mentor and develop future CHNw leaders through didactic and experiential education. This will be accomplished through an individualized development plan that includes projects, rotations, reading and discussion of specific subjects and collaboration with experienced leaders.

The Administrative Fellowship experience will consist of two major components, which will occur simultaneously throughout the year.

  1. Orientation/Rotation Phase - During this phase, the Fellow will be given a comprehensive orientation to CHNw. The goal is for the Fellow to become familiar with the organizational structure, strategic plan, system initiatives and members of the CHNw leadership teams. The Fellow will spend time in direct operational and support areas, as well as with physician leaders. Read more details about this phase below.
  2. Implementation/Performance Phase - Through consultation with the preceptor, the Administrative Fellow will be assigned projects.  Upon completion of each project, the Fellow and the preceptor will assess the project, evaluate the impact on learning for the Fellow and discuss implications for the organization. During this phase, the Fellow will be given feedback on his/her ability to engage in critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills in a variety of settings.
Orientation/Rotation Phase Details

Meeting Requirements (schedule may vary):

  • Executive Team meetings
  • Operations Team meetings
  • Product Line Cabinet team meetings
  • Monthly Operating Reviews (MORs)
  • Quarterly Strategic Reviews (QSRs)
  • Medical Executive Committees
  • Outcomes and Performance Committees
  • At least monthly meetings with:
    • President/Preceptor
    • Presidents, nursing, operational leaders and physician leaders from all regions
    • Product line physician and administrative leaders

Rotation Assignments and Meetings

The Fellow will rotate throughout CHNw’s various departments and areas. The Fellow should begin each rotation by meeting with the Executive Team member and during this meeting should highlight current happenings within each department and topics to probe/discuss. The Executive will be responsible for communicating with their leaders prior to the Fellow’s rotation. The Fellow should then rotate through the given departments and learn day-to-day operations. The Fellow should prepare talking points and departmental goals for discussion. Once the Fellow has completed the rotations a wrap-up meeting with the Executive will be held to assure the experience was valuable.

Overview Sessions/Meetings Objectives

Organization (presidents)

  • Service line development
  • Strategy, growth and business development
  • Planning process
  • Governance
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Mission, vision, values
  • Community relations
  • Leadership development

Operations (COOs and CNEs)

  • Nursing practice
  • Regulatory compliance/risk management
  • Clinical safety and quality
  • Professional services (i.e., Pharmacy, Imaging)
  • Support services (i.e., Facilities, Food/Nutrition, Environmental Services, Security)
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Care coordination
  • Capacity management and flow

Finance (CFOs and teams)

  • Revenue cycle
  • Stewardship and material management
  • Budgeting
  • Capital planning
  • Auditing

Human Resources (vice president)

  • Workforce development
  • Employee engagement
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Benefits and compensation
  • Employee relations

Medical Staff (regional physician executives and medical directors)

  • Quality oversight
  • Privileging and credentialing
  • Physician leadership
  • Medical staff processes
  • Service

CHNw Leadership

  • Knowledge Management
  • Physician Enterprise
  • Patient Experience
  • Quality Outcomes and Performance
  • Performance Improvement