Program Benefits

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

Fellowship Coordinator:

Katie Konson, Senior Project Manager, University of Michigan Medical Group
Katie KonsonKatie 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.

Current UMHS Administrative Team

2015 - 2017 Fellows:

Hillary Gallagher, MHA - 2015-2017
Hillary GallagherHillary 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 VijayagopalanSangeeta 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.

2016 - 2018 Fellows:

Jason Battaglia, MHA - 2016-2018
Jason BattagliaJason 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 SpattDavid 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.

Selected Projects Undertaken by Previous UMHS Administrative Fellows

Process Improvement Strategy Marketing Operations
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

Previous Fellows and Their Current Professional Positions

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

Pay and Benefits

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.