Administrative Fellowship Program:
Current & Past Fellows

2019-2020 Fellowship

Kelsey PorterKelsey Porter

School: The George Washington University

Placement: Experience, Engagement & Organizational Development

Preceptor: Clara Riley, Director, Organizational Development

About Kelsey: Kelsey Porter is a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) candidate from The George Washington University, completing her Administrative Fellowship in the Experience, Engagement & Organizational Development Office at Hartford HealthCare. Her interests include organizational development, change management and leadership, Lean/Six Sigma methodology, and corporate compliance. Prior to her fellowship, Kelsey completed an Administrative Internship with Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, FL – focusing in hospital operations at Homestead Hospital.

Why Choose Hartford? Having grown up in New England but spent time living elsewhere, I can honestly say that there is nothing like being in the Northeast! There is no shortage of history, breathtaking landscapes, or sources of adventure – whether it’s basking on a beach in Newport, Rhode Island all summer, or hitting the slopes in Vermont all winter, both are only a weekend trip away.

Shaina ShaperaShaina Shapera

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Quality and Safety

Preceptor: Stephanie Calcasola, VP Quality and Safety

About Shaina: Shaina Shapera is a 2019 graduate of the University of Michigan. Her interests include quality and safety, process improvement, Lean, innovation, and community health. She has previously served as an administrative intern at Hartford Healthcare and a Transdisciplinary Fellow at Munger Graduate Residences of the University of Michigan.

Why Choose Hartford? In less than a 20 minute drive from Hartford, you can: boat down the Connecticut River, sample a breathtaking variety of cuisines, go hiking, and visit art museums. You’re close to the beach in the summer and in the middle of stunning fall foliage. Connecticut is great for young professionals, family-friendly, LGBT-friendly, and provides something for everyone.

2018-2019 Fellowship

Ashley BodamerAshley Bodamer

School: University of Connecticut

Placement: Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute

Preceptors: Jan Ruderman, VP Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute; Gerry Lupacchino, SVP Experience Engagement and Organization Development

Major Projects: Expansion of the Tallwood Men’s Health program, centralized urology courtesy privileges platform, developed quality outcomes reports and regional and clinical council dashboards

Current Role: Program Manager, Tallwood Urology Institute

Testimonial: The Administrative Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity to gain broad exposure of a health system while also focusing in on an area of interest. During my fellowship, I had the opportunity to learn about Institute development, an interest of mine, while also partnering with different departments on meaningful projects. Through this, I developed a wide-ranging skill set I am able to bring to my future positions as well as built relationships with leaders in all areas of the health system. Another benefit to the fellowship program is the mentorship, with my preceptor being instrumental in my success with her willingness to guide and introduce me to the inner workings of the institute model and the organization. The Fellowship Program has provided me with a strong foundation on which to launch my career as well as grow my professional network. I would recommend this program to individuals looking to create a lasting and meaningful career in healthcare.

Quian CallenderQuian Callender

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Analytics

Preceptors: Dee McDonald, System Director, Decision Support; Joe Hurley, System Director, Analytics and Data Visualization; Rich Shirey, SVP and Chief Information Officer

Major Projects: Implementation of balanced score card analytics tool, Employee Engagement and Community outreach initiative, Analytics communication strategy, data visualization implementation

Current Role: Health Equity

Testimonial: The fellowship allows you to simultaneously develop and learn through the purposeful project based structure. As a growing integrated healthcare system, opportunities to get involved in areas of your choice are limitless. The strong culture of Hartford HealthCare (HHC) brings the best and brightest together to meet the needs of the communities that HHC serves. My time in the analytics area during the fellowship gave me insight into the needs of every area of the organization and the ways data is currently used and can be used to improve processes, structures, and outcomes.

Eric OlsenEric Olsen

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Project Management Office

Preceptors: Jamie Roche, VP Operational Integration; Elise Sinha, Director H3W Project Management Office

Major Projects: Saint Vincent’s Medical Center Transition/Integration, Provider Wellness Initiative, Acquisition of five Neuroscience Practices, Hospitalist Group Acquisitions

Current Role: Operations Manager, Innovation

Testimonial: The fellowship affords you the opportunity to work on projects that you would never have an opportunity to work on otherwise. You will develop skills sets that are vital and transferrable to any part of a provider system. You have an opportunity to develop deep skills for the functional area that you work in rather than being quickly rotated every 3-6 months where you will begin to understand the position before being whisked away to your next rotation. The fellow network at HHC is very strong and past fellows are willing to give you their time and coach you through issues you may be confronting.

2015-2016 Fellowship

Emily StebbinsEmily Stebbins

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Strategy, Marketing and Operations

Preceptors: James Cardon, MD, President, Integrated Care Partners, Vincent DiBattista, President, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, James Blazar, SVP, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer,

Major Projects: Readmissions Analysis, Development of Medical Group Call Center, Provider Recruitment, Crimson Medical Referrals

Current Role: Continuous Improvement Manager, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Testimonial: I first learned about Hartford HealthCare when Elliot Joseph, CEO, visited the University of Michigan School of Public Health to speak about the health system’s market strategy, leadership behaviors, and focus on population health. I decided to pursue a fellowship with the organization based on the opportunities within the growing organization to learn and create, as well as the culture the leadership was driving across the organization through the H3W (How Hartford HealthCare Works) leadership behaviors. I wanted to be a part of an organization that was driving change in its markets, constantly innovating, and that understood the importance of a strong culture. HHC is a great place for young professionals because it welcomes innovation and disruptive ideas, while at the same time is continuing to develop the foundation of the health system and its culture, offering many growth and learning opportunities.

During my fellowship, I was encouraged to gain experience in many areas and network with leaders across the system. I supported Marking and Communications, a Readmissions Reduction kaizen, and Physician Recruitment efforts, focusing primarily on the Medical Group. A highlight of my fellowship was the growth, development, and management of the Medical Group’s call center. I started managing the call center during the last few months of my fellowship and was able to grow its functionalities and build the relationships between the call center and the offices it supported.

Ultimately, I decided to stay with Hartford HealthCare and work with the Medical Group as Project Specialist to continue the work I had started during my fellowship. The relationships I was able to build during the fellowship as both a student and a young leader have been incredibly valuable. I have not only gained a tremendous amount from my time here, both professionally and personally, but I also have been able to impact the system in meaningful ways both during and after my fellowship.

2014-2015 Fellowship

Andrea DashAndrea E. Dash

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Strategy and Planning

Preceptor: Jim Blazer, Vice President, Strategy and Transformation and Marcia Haytaian, Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Development

Major Projects:

  • Conducted a feasibility study for the restructuring of physician contracting; recommendations utilized by the legal department to implement an automated system-wide process and tools to support centralized physician contracting.
  • Wrote Certificate of Need for majority acquisition of an ambulatory surgery center, a $6.2M investment approved by the Office of Connecticut Health Access.
  • Contributing author of the 2015 Strategic Assessment, which outlined the local and national healthcare landscape and was used to inform the FY 2016 Balanced Scorecard and annual strategic initiatives. Presented Strategic Assessment to the Board and executive leadership.
  • Developed and implemented a system-wide clinical and administrative policy management workflow; coordinated and led a cross-functional Steering Committee that selected a PolicyTech as the vendor.
  • Nominated for the annual Making a Difference Together Award; team implemented a Plain Language Emergency Communications Program to replace 33 code words and phrases used to communicate 8 types of emergency incidents.

Current Role: Director, Planning and Business Operations, Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute

2013-2014 Fellowship

Dan DimensteinDan Dimenstein

School: University of Michigan

Placement: Strategy and Planning

Preceptors: Jim Blazer, Vice President, Strategy and Transformation and Marcia Haytaian, Vice President, Leadership and Organizational Development

Major Projects: Par8o implementation (software tracking referral patterns internally and externally to HHCMG), urgent care strategy, Recruited physicians to join Integrated Care Partners, Environmental Assessment

Current Role: Witt/Kieffer

Testimonial: I was someone that did not have a lot of full-time work experience prior to joining HHC, so the administrative fellowship program provided me with a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a wide variety of functional areas across an incredibly complex healthcare organization in a relatively short period of time. Being based in the corporate office afforded me the flexibility to get involved in projects that spanned the entire continuum of care, across most of HHC's geographies, which was not only fascinating, but rewarding, as well. As a system-level fellow, I was also able to build meaningful relationships with senior leaders across the health system. Above all, my fellowship year was integral in helping shape my career passions in healthcare. It helped me gain an understanding of the aspects of the industry that I truly enjoy, and has greatly influenced the direction which I have taken my career. I learned an incredible amount in just a year with HHC, and I rely on that experience to this day.