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The fellowship is designed to be a two-year experience, during which the administrative fellow will be involved in both operations management and projects. Advised and mentored by a senior vice president, who serves as the fellow’s preceptor, the fellow also receives guidance and interacts closely with all members of the executive leadership team. As a result of the high visibility of the position, opportunities during the fellowship and positions to consider post-fellowship span the entire health system.

The fellow may focus on as many aspects of the organization as desired during the two years, providing exposure to the entire structure of the organization, as well as interact and work closely with a variety of leaders at WellSpan. An interim management role is also a possibility during the fellowship if the fellow has an interest.

Specifically, fellows have the opportunity to work with:

  • Operations (Hospital and Medical Group)
  • Strategy and Marketing
  • Service Line Strategy Development
  • Human Resources
  • Nursing
  • Integration
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Population Health

To be considered for the WellSpan Health Administrative Fellowship Program, applicants must be graduating or recently graduated from an MHA program, or an MPH or MBA program with a focus in healthcare administration. Successful applicants will be community-focused, with specific career goals and demonstrated organizational, critical thinking, project management, and communication abilities.

WellSpan Health is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), and therefore adheres to all associated application processes and deadlines. In order to apply to the WellSpan Health Administrative Fellowship, please visit the NAFCAS portal.

Please reach out to fellowships@wellspan.org with any questions.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • Considering applicants graduating by Spring of 2022 with an MHA, MSHA, MBA, or MPH degree. CAHME and CEPH accredited programs are preferred. Consideration will also be given to candidates from comparable graduate degree programs with professional experience in healthcare.
  • Candidates should be detail-oriented, highly motivated individuals passionate about contributing to an extensive health system in healthcare informatics, population health, care innovation, or health equity.
  • Have strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite - specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint - and a willingness to learn and use other applications as required to complete fellowship assignments.
  • Be self-starters who demonstrate intellectual rigor and pay attention to detail.
  • Be willing to learn from professional staff and leadership, yet provide input where appropriate.

2021 Informational Webinar

Ready to Learn more about the WellSpan Health Administrative Fellowship Program?

Please join us for an informational webinar with time to ask questions. Register below for complete information and Zoom link.

August 11, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST

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September 9, 2021 from 9:00 - 10:00 am EST

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Current Fellows

Hillary Grove, MHA

Ekiuwa Imariagbe, MPH


Andrew Birk, MHSA

Sheryl Kompancaril, MHA

Past-Fellow Testimonials

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The Fellowship Program at WellSpan Health has allowed me to grow into a transformative leader. During my fellowship, I was empowered by leaders to focus on aligning my objectives and goals with the organization. WellSpan has an extremely welcoming leadership team that focuses on “Working As One”; which creates a very exclusive and particular mentorship with multiple leaders across the system. Being able to key into multiple leaders really aided me in finding my forte in healthcare.

During my fellowship, we were impacted with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, I was fortunate to take on multiple leading roles in high - impact work including serving as Chief of Planning and Logistics on the Incident Command team. In my short, 13 months as a fellow, I was privileged with remarkable mentorship as well as multiple projects in diverse areas which allowed me to find an interest in Hospital Operations. I am pleased to currently serve as Operations Manager at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. The encounters faced during the pandemic as well as the exposure I received during my fellowship has supported the path for success as my career continues to move forward.

My Administrative Fellowship was a transformative experience. WellSpan’s inviting and collaborative culture serves as the perfect foundation for fellows to immerse themselves in health system strategy and operations and take on leading roles in high-impact projects. In two short years, I was able to participate in dozens of projects and initiatives, attend leadership meetings and community events, and establish deep connections across the organization. The guidance I received from my preceptors and other leaders was pivotal in helping me to hone my skills and refine my post-fellowship career goals. The challenge and broad exposure of my fellowship undoubtedly shaped me into the professional I am today and set me up for success on my career trajectory.

The WellSpan Health Fellowship Program afforded me with an incomparable opportunity to get first-hand leadership experience in a very practical and meaningful way. I was given opportunities to develop in a multitude of critically important functions, ranging from senior-level strategic planning to daily hospital operations. The program allows fellows to gain a broad understanding of how a complex, integrated health system operates while also engaging in various interests with a more narrow and deep approach. The most valuable part of my experience was receiving support and coaching in a very unique and personal way from influential leaders throughout the organization. The coaching moments, one on one interaction and visible opportunities have been foundationally important in my career development and overall growth as a leader.

My Fellowship experience at WellSpan Health offered a broad range of opportunities to learn as well as to contribute, so that I could find my niche in healthcare. The role provided me with the open doors I needed to create my growth path to leadership. WellSpan’s culture, vision and pace have kept me satisfied throughout my career and I am proud to continue to serve the organization as the Vice President of Strategy Management.

Executive Testimonials

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We are committed to building a culture of inclusion where every team member wants to give their very best … every day. Our Administrative Fellowship plays a key part in filling our future pipeline with outstanding leadership talent.

The fellowship program has been of great value to WellSpan in the last three years. Due to the quality of selected candidates and the planned experiences , most all the candidates have been recruited to a position well before their two-year timeframe has been completed.