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Administrative Fellowship Program

The Administrative Fellowship Program

The Loyola Medicine Administrative Fellowship is a one-year program structured to develop the leadership skills of future healthcare administrators. The program promotes learning and application of practical skills in operations, strategy, and front-line management to prepare fellows for leadership careers in the academic healthcare environment.

Loyola Medicine’s Administrative Fellowship is structured to provide a broad educational experience in the first three months and front-line operational during the latter nine months. The fellowship offers the unique opportunity to work closely with administrative and clinical leaders in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Our distinction as a nationally ranked academic medical center combined with our role as a nonprofit Catholic healthcare provider makes Loyola Medicine unique in the greater Chicago area.

Program Overview

Learn the System

Loyola Medicine encompasses Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (community hospital) in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital (teaching hospital) in Berwyn and care centers at more than 35 locations across Illinois.  Fellows learn the system through departmental immersions, high-level project ownership, and participation in executive meetings. Fellows also receive mentorship from and report directly to Dr. Chad Whelan, President of Loyola University Medical Center. 

Change the System

The fellowship program is a self-directed, interest-specific leadership opportunity. Fellows will spend time developing areas of personal interest and will have the opportunity to select meaningful project work from a variety of proposals from high-level leaders across Loyola Medicine.

Support at the Highest Level 

Dr. Chad Whelan, President of Loyola University Medical Center, strongly supports Loyola's Administrative Fellowship program:

At Loyola Medicine, we strongly support the Administrative Fellow Program at the highest levels of the organization.  We embrace our commitment to caring for the whole person.  This extends to our fellows while they are in our program but also as they move forward in their careers.  At Loyola Medicine, Administrative Fellows collaborate with our dedicated clinical staff and passionate leadership team to reach their full potential as the healthcare leaders of the future.

We invite you to learn more about how we provide high-quality healthcare while also treating the human spirit. To be part of the Loyola experience, please apply to our Administrative Fellowship Program today.

Best of Luck,

Chad Whelan, MD
President, Loyola University Medical Center

Our Fellows

2018-19 Fellows

Lauren Waggoner, MHA '18Lauren Waggoner, MHA '18, The University of Iowa

Lauren is one of the 2018-19 Administrative Fellows at Loyola Medicine. She received her Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Management and Policy from The University of Iowa in 2018 and her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Iowa State University in 2016.

During graduate school, Lauren completed a summer internship at Penn State Health. Under the direct mentorship of the Director of Strategy and Business Development, Lauren worked on several strategic planning initiatives, including leading a micro-hospital location optimization project. This project helped decant existing low-acuity volume to a lower cost of care setting while driving growth via ED throughput. She also created a patient origin market analysis that helped track the volume, revenue and margin of 20+ markets. Additionally, she worked with the transfer center to create a financial analysis that identified opportunity cost and revenue generation.

Jenna Zmuda, MHA '18Jenna Zmuda, MHA '18, Saint Louis University

Jenna is one of the 2018-19 Administrative Fellows at Loyola Medicine. She received her Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Management and Policy from Saint Louis University School of Public Health and Social Justice in 2018, and her Bachelor of Science in Community Health-Health Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2016.

While at Saint Louis University, Jenna was a management intern for the Business of Healthcare Series, where she conducted research on healthcare policy and developed healthcare professional interviews for Business of Healthcare episodes. During graduate school, Jenna also completed a summer internship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Under the direct mentorship of the Vice President of Strategic Planning and CFO, Jenna worked on several projects and initiatives, including managing diagnostic imaging working groups to implement a new strategic plan, developing a competitive analysis for comparative hospitals to define project volumes, trends and service line data and drafting reports and executive summaries based on research for the Q4 Strategic Planning Retreat. She also implemented a communication plan that coordinated the hospital with a new professional and patient charge system affecting 85+ employees and hundreds of new patients moving forward.


Past Fellows


Colleen Chenevey, MHA '17, The Ohio State University

Danielle Young, MHA '17, Saint Louis University


Nicole Powell, MS HSM '16, Rush University

Jessica Rouse, MHA '16, Saint Louis University


Heather Mintz, MPH '15, Harvard University

Rafael Daney Nieves, MHSA '15, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Megan Passman, MHSA ’14, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor



Julie Dean, MS HSM ’13, Rush University

Betsy Bruinsma, MHSA ’13, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Vineeth Gossain, MBA ’12, Loyola University Chicago

James Diamond, MHA/JD ’12, Saint Louis University


Jami Youmans, MHA ’11, Saint Louis University

Application Process

Qualified candidates must receive a master of healthcare administration (MHA), business administration (MBA), public health (MPH) or equivalent degree from a graduate program during the Spring of 2019 or upon completion of the fellowship. Programs must be accredited from one of the following accrediting bodies:

  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Commission of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH)

A minimum of one year related healthcare experience is preferred.

There are 2 ways to apply to the Administrative Fellowship at Loyola Medicine:

  1. Submit required materials using the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). Applications must be submitted by Monday, October 1, 2018


  1. Submit the required materials in one packet:
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement including fellowship goals, career objectives and interest in academic medicine (1-2 pages)
  • Writing sample, essay or research paper where you are the sole author (maximum 6 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation in a sealed and signed envelope, including one academic and one professional.
  • Official graduate transcript and unofficial undergraduate transcripts

Please mail complete application packet to:

Loyola University Medical Center
Attn: Lauren Waggoner and Jenna Zmuda
Administrative Fellowship Program
2160 S. First Ave.
Building 101 - 0775
Maywood, IL 60153

As members of the National Council for Administrative Fellowships, our timeline and process guidelines are now as follows:

  • Application Deadline: Must be received by Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Preliminary Phone Interviews: October 2018
  • On-Site Interviews: Mid-late October/Early November 2018 - specific dates TBD
  • Selection Announcement: Monday, November 12, 2018

For more information, please contact the Administrative Fellowship Program.