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Administrative Fellowship Program

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the premier centers for pediatric medicine in the United States. Children's Hospital is an academic medical facility, located on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus alongside other medical facilities. Each year, more than 22,000 children are admitted, more than 300,000 are seen in our outpatient specialty clinics, and over 240,000 visit us through our primary and urgent care locations.

Children's Hospital is included on the U.S.News & World Report America's Best Children's Hospitals list. We've also received and retained for the third time, the prestigious Magnet Recognition Award for excellence in nursing – an honor bestowed on only one percent of hospitals worldwide.

For over 20 years, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been committed to the training of health administration professionals.  The administrative fellowship program is an important recruitment tool for our organization to bring in potential management talent.  Therefore, we are seeking fellowship candidates who would seriously consider post fellowship employment opportunities with us should the fit be mutually agreeable and a position available.

Role in the Organization

The role of the fellow in the first year is to gain a familiarity with the health system, work with senior leaders and be an active observer and participant in senior executive meetings. In the first year, the fellow will also work on various projects throughout the system. Those projects will be chosen based on the interests of the fellow and the needs of the organization.  

Term of Fellowship

The Administrative Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a two-year educational program designed to provide masters-trained individuals with an exposure to the various functions of a comprehensive pediatric health system.  The fellow will be accountable to the Chief Operating Officer and supervised by two preceptors: the Vice President of Surgical Services and the Chief Administrative Officer. In addition, the fellow will have access to many other senior leaders through their project work whom will provide guidance throughout the fellowship.

The first year of the fellowship program is designed to immerse the fellow in the operations of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Initially, the fellow will meet with all members of senior leadership at both the system and hospital level and then with different department leaders to gain a better understanding of all services offered. To fully appreciate the operations of a health system, during the first year the fellow will shadow front-line staff to better understand the connection and impact of the decisions made by leadership teams. In addition, the first year will incorporate project work from all over the system based on the fellow's interests and the needs of the organization.

In the second year of the fellowship, the fellow will take the lead on various hospital and system-level initiatives in addition to pursing projects of interest.
Currently we accept one (1) fellow every two (2) years. The next application cycle will begin in late Summer 2017 for the fellowship beginning mid-2018.

Reporting Relationship

The preceptors of the Administrative Fellowship program will be Thomas Miller, Vice President, Surgical Services, and Rob Sanders, Chief Administrative Officer. They will provide support to the fellow and conduct performance reviews every three months to provide the fellow with feedback on their performance. In addition, the fellow will also provide direct reports to hospital operations vice presidents. The fellow will also be expected to provide updates on their project work with the leader sponsoring that particular project.

Rob Sanders
Chief administrative officer
Thomas Miller, MSHA, MBA
Vice president, Surgical & Diagnostic Services


Masters Degree in health care administration, business administration, or related field; basic knowledge of health care operations from previous employment, such as an internship, is preferred. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Knowledge of Microsoft Visio and Microsoft Project Plan is helpful. Strong oral and written communication skills are also vital.

Application Requirements

  • Current Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: (1) ACADEMIC, (1) PROFESSIONAL, and (1) OTHER (academic, professional, or letter from your program director)
    • We highly recommend for your “Other” letter of recommendation to be from your graduate program director.
  • Official graduate school transcripts
  • Personal Statement (one page maximum)
  • Answers to the questionnaire form (PDF) (one page maximum)

Children's competitive package for administrative fellows includes:

  • 2-year position beginning June/July of 2018
  • Interview expenses paid by Children's
  • Competitive Salary
  • Health and dental insurance benefits
  • Life Insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • 23 paid personal days for holidays, vacation, and illness
  • Relocation expenses up to $2,000
  • Funding for one major educational seminar such as ACHE or CHA
  • Participation in 403(b) program with 50% employer match, with additional contributions based on length of service

Current Fellow

  • Jenny Patterson (starting mid-2016)

Former Fellows

  • Jeff Durfee – Business Manager, Primary Care
  • Jack Scalcucci – Director, Business & SE Regional Services
  • Mike Flaherty – Business Manager, Ambulatory Services
  • Jenny Movrich – Senior Project Manager
  • Nandita Nanchal – Director, CSG Clinical Operations

For questions regarding the Administrative Fellowship program, please contact Jenny Patterson.

CHW is a member of the National Council on Administrative Fellowships and participates in the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS).