The program provides a foundation in leadership skills that are transferable to many career paths in health care management. Specifically, the program will enhance and develop an individual's analytical, communications, project management, organizational and leadership skills.
Front row: Hillary Gallagher, Katie Konson. Back Row, Jason Battaglia, Sangeeta Vijayagopalan, David Spatt
Katie Konson, Senior Project Manager, University of Michigan Medical Group
Katie Konson is the program manager for the University of Michigan Health System Administrative Fellowship. She provides coordination and oversight to the program. She also acts as a mentor and guide for the fellows throughout their time at UMHS by ensuring fellows are working towards their goals as well as participating in projects that are valuable for both the individual and the organization. Katie participates in the recruitment and hiring process each year. In addition to this, she is committed to ensuring that the fellows develop both leadership and analytical skills through the performance planning administrative competencies and individual professional development assessment.
Hillary Gallagher, MHA - 2015-2017
Hillary received her bachelor’s degree at The University of Iowa where she studied finance. She then continued her education at The Ohio State University, obtaining her Master of Health Administration. During her first year of her fellowship some of the various projects she worked on were developing a business plan on the viability of a research program for the President of the University, developed an evaluation form to select programs for the Clinical Design process and using Lean principles to developed a new kitting process for Pathology. She also served as the Clinic Lead for the Department of Otolaryngology where she had the opportunity to manage people as well as improve operations. During the second year of her fellowship she will work with the Department of Internal Medicine where she will serve as the Division Administrator of Allergy as well as working on projects such as the departmental strategic plan, improving the enrollment and credentialing process for APPs, and serve as the Administrative lead for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.
Sangeeta Vijayagopalan, MA, MHA - 2015-2017
Sangeeta received her bachelor’s degree at The University of South Carolina, where she studied Exercise Science. After graduating, she went on to complete a Master’s in Clinical Health Psychology at Northern Arizona University. During this time, she worked with diverse clinical populations and collaborated with clinicians to assess and carry out plans of action for therapy. From there, she went on to complete her Masters of Healthcare Administration at The University of Minnesota. During the first year of her fellowship, Sangeeta completed a rotation in Human Resources where she developed the business case for AMC-wide employee recognition initiative. Additionally, she helped to manage the selection and implementation of a market pricing tool for the Human Resources Compensation Team through an RFP process. She also worked on a project to implement behavioral health into primary care and performed an operational analysis of audiology booth and clinic exam room utilization for Pediatric Otolaryngology. As a second year fellow, she will serve as the interim Division Administrator for the Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3) in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, her projects include assisting in the leasing of the new Survival Flight plane and helping to develop a Mid-Michigan Regionalization initiative for EC3.
Jason Battaglia, MHA - 2016-2018
Jason Battaglia attended Florida State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Finance. After growing up and attending college in Florida, Jason traveled north and attended the University of Minnesota’s Master of Healthcare Administration program. As a MHA student, Jason served as a Teaching Assistant for the Health Finance and Accounting courses for the full-time MHA program and Minnesota’s Executive MHA program with King Fahad Medical City in Saudi Arabia. Jason went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for his summer Administrative Residency and led a project with UPMC’s Physician Services Division to reduce patient leakage outside of the system. In the spring of 2016, Jason served as project manager of a student consulting team to develop a plan to transform the delivery and financing model for a Federally-qualified Health Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. As an incoming fellow, Jason has interests in strategy, population health, operations, and medical group administration.
David Spatt, MEd, MBA - 2016-2018
David received his bachelor’s degree at Colorado College, majoring in economics. After graduating, he joined Teach For America and taught middle school mathematics in an under-resourced public school in Nashville, Tennessee while simultaneously earning his master’s in education. After spending three years as classroom teacher, David enrolled in the M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration program at The University of Colorado, Denver. Throughout his course of study, he completed an administrative internship with The University of Colorado Hospital where he focused on hospital-acquired infection prevention through the strategic use and implementation of medical simulation. Additionally, in his final graduate semester, David completed a project with a Denver-area hospital focusing on cost-reduction in orthopedic surgery. As an incoming fellow, his broad interests include hospital operations as well as quality and process improvement.
|Emergency Department Patient Flow Analysis||Created infrastructure for Nurse Magnet Recognition process||Analysis for outpatient facility expansion||Operational Planning for Cardiovascular Center|
|Care Management Program Implementation||Post-acute care network development||New program analysis for ambulatory surgery center||Electronic Medical Record Optimization|
|Improved patient rehabilitation therapy CMS 3-hour rule compliance||Mobile health technology||Created strategic priorities for marketing a clinical service line based on key metrics (i.e. access, OR utilization)||Emergency Response Preparedness|
|Business Development||Financial Analysis||Human Resources||Population Health|
|Cancer Center Market Analysis||Department Financial Benchmarking||Conducted Employee Engagement Analyses||Community Benefit Report|
|New center of excellence business proposal||Graduate Medical Education Budget Project||Create dashboard with key nurse retention and recruitment metrics||Interim project manager|
|New service line proposal||Year-end financial analysis of collaborative relationship with local community hospital||Benefit review analysis||Home health network analysis|
|Year of Fellowship||Name||University||Current Position||Organization|
|2014 - 2016||Christopher Nagata||University of Arizona||Administrative Manager||Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science|
|2014 - 2016||David Cruz||University of Michigan||Senior Project Manager||Children's & Women's, UMHS|
|2013 - 2015||Kristin Bernstein||University of Minnesota||Business Development Officer||Office of Strategic Planning & Business Development, UMHS|
|Mike Rose||The Ohio State University||Executive Director||Dignity Health Medical Group Nevada and Stanford Specialty Clinics at Dignity Health|
|2012 - 2014||Heather Burke||Rush University||Division Administrator, Breast Surgery and Trauma/Critical Care Surgery||Northwestern Medicine|
|Patrick Brady||Emory University||Strategic Planner Lead||Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, UMHS|
|2011 - 2013||Meghan Moore||University of Michigan||Senior Project Manager||Ambulatory Care, UMHS|
|2010 - 2012||Katie Konson||University of Michigan||Senior Project Manager||Faculty Group Practice, UMMS|
|Safia Al-Kharsa||University of Michigan||Independent Consultant||Consultancy (International Consulting)|
|2009 - 2011||Marisa Rodriguez||University of Michigan||Division Administrator||Allergy, UMHS|
|2008 - 2010||Christine La Jeunesse||University of Michigan||Manager||Program Management Office, UMHS|
|2007 - 2009||Carolina Typaldos||University of Michigan||Operations Manager||Cancer Infusion, UMHS|
|2006 - 2008||Amy Huang||University of Michigan||Project Senior Manager and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine||Global Reach, UMHS|
|2005 - 2007||Aarti Aurora (Porwal)||University of Michigan||Manager||Strategic Initiatives, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|2004 - 2006||Kendra (Brown) Jackson||University of Michigan||Hospital Services Administrator||Dept. of Psychiatry, UMHS|
|2003 - 2005||Ed Cho||Strategic Partner Marketing Manager||Cisco|
|2002 - 2004||Erika Motz (Johnson)||Director of Strategic Research & Analytic Services||University Health System Consortium, Oak Brook, IL|
|2001 - 2003||Ebbin Dotson||University of Michigan||Assistant Professor for School of Public Health||University of Michigan|
|2000 - 2002|
|Amy Hiemstra (Cody)||University of Michigan||Senior Manager, Enterprise Application and Service Delivery||BPL Plasma|
|1991 - 1993||Amy Hooberman||Manager||Deloitte Consulting|
|1991 - 1992||Patricia Lyons||Senior Project manager||UMHS - Ambulatory Care Services|
|1990 - 1991||Eric Kratochwill||Contracting and Business Development Officer||UMHS Planning|
|1989 - 1990||Mindy Eisenberg||University of Michigan||Director and Yoga Therapist||Yoga Moves MS|
|1986 - 1988||Virginia Elsenhans|
|1985 - 1987||Heidi Romans Nelson||University of Michigan||Chief Executive Officer||Duffy Health Center|
|1984 - 1986||Glenn Pearson||The Ohio State University||Priniciple||Pearson Health Tech Insights, LLC|
|1983 - 1985||Bridget C. Booske||Senior Scientist||Population Health Institute|
|Michael Ladevich||University of Minnesota||Chief Operating Officer||Signature Health Services, Inc|
|1982 - 1984||Peter Roberts||President||Roberts Health Solutions|
|1981 - 1983||Tony Denton||University of Michigan||Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer||UMHS - Hospitals and Health Centers|
Fellows receive a salary competitive with leading administrative fellowship programs as well as a competitive benefits package, including health care insurance, dental and vision plans, retirement plan eligibility, a generous "Paid Time Off" program, Child Care and Health Care Reimbursement Accounts, and disability and life insurance. The fellow also receives support to attend two conferences of his/her choice over the course of the fellowship and the Association for Academic Medical Center's Fellow's Conference during the first year.