About the Program

The HHC BJI Administrative Fellowship is a 1-year, project-based program that provides one chosen Fellow with an exceptional opportunity for professional development and personal growth. The program is structured with projects that mirror the constantly changing healthcare environment. The Fellow will lead high-profile projects within the institute, while simultaneously contributing valuable work to many organizational initiatives through partnering with BJI Senior Executive Leadership. The Fellow is able to gain hands-on experience in projects that include quality, operations, performance excellence, planning and business development, marketing, finance, and DEI.

Led by preceptors Stacey Lombardi, Vice President of Operations at the Bone & Joint Institute, and Dr. John Grady-Benson, Physician-in-Chief at the Bone & Joint Institute, the BJI Administrative Fellowship is supported by Hartford HealthCare’s System Administrative Fellowship Program, meaning all Fellows are integrated into a single cohort and granted the same opportunities.

All Fellows are able to attend HHC Leadership Forums, HHC State of the System, HHC Executive Leadership Team meetings, Leadership Roundtables, and a conference of Fellow’s choosing. They also benefit from ongoing executive coaching through HHC’s Leadership Development Institute, tours of HHC’s many facilities, 1:1 “Meet & Greets” with leaders across the system, and a designated Fellow mentor. The BJI Fellow is uniquely able to attend Weekly BJI Executive Leadership Meetings, BJI staff huddles, and Regional Executive Leadership Team meetings.

About BJI

Opened in 2017, Hartford HealthCare’s state-of-the-art Bone & Joint Institute is Connecticut’s first and only orthopedic hospital. Featuring connected Inpatient and Ambulatory buildings located on Hartford Hospital’s main campus, BJI offers an unparalleled network of coordinated services for patients with musculoskeletal disorders and orthopedic injuries.

The Bone & Joint Institute operates via a dyad leadership structure and partners with private practice orthopedists in an effort to deliver innovative care that is both patient-centered and of the highest possible quality. It is the first hospital in Connecticut and all of New England to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for all four orthopedic certifications recognized by the organization.

Meet the Preceptors

Dr. John Grady-BensonDr. John Grady-Benson

Physician-in-Chief, Bone & Joint Institute

An accomplished orthopedic surgeon and respected leader, Dr. Grady-Benson is instrumental in the continued growth of the Bone & Joint Institute. Working collaboratively with healthcare providers, he is inspired to focus his efforts on continuous quality care improvements, outcomes that matter most to patients, and musculoskeletal research, education, and innovation. His vision is to create a system of musculoskeletal care that is about more than fixing joints and bones. Through team collaboration and creative collisions of ideas, that vision is centered on using data analytics to transform the patient experience and improve patients’ health and well-being.

Stacey A. Lombardi, MBA, CCRPStacey A. Lombardi, MBA, CCRP

Vice President of Operations, Bone & Joint Institute

In her role as Vice President, Stacey partners with physician leaders to improve the quality of care provided to Bone & Joint Institute patients. She serves as administrator for the Institute, focusing her work on program and business development, clinical integration, and efficient operations. She joined Hartford HealthCare in 2017, and brings over a decade of experience in the field of orthopedic service line management. Prior to her role at the Bone & Joint Institute, she served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University.

How to Apply

Applicants must graduate prior to the start of the fellowship (June, 2024). Eligible applicants are graduates of an accredited CAMHE or equivalent master’s degree program. We do not sponsor visas for this program.

Applications can be submitted online through the National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service (NAFCAS). Applications will be accepted through September 29, 2023. Offers will be extended anytime after September 29th.

Apply at NAFCAS

Required Application Material

  • Resume

  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • 1st letter must be professional
    • 2nd letter must be academic
    • 3rd letter can be personal, academic or professional
  • Official graduate school transcript

  • Unofficial undergraduate transcript

  • One-Page statement of purpose (interest in hospital administration, career objectives, reason for seeking an administrative fellowship, specific interest in Hartford HealthCare)

Meet the Fellows

Khaled Shahrour
2023-2024 Fellow

Khaled is from Tampa, Florida where he obtained his bachelor's degree in marketing. While completing his undergraduate studies, he worked in revenue cycle management for multiple clinics. Subsequently, Khaled chose the University of Michigan to be his home for two years of his life while he earned his Master's in Health Services Administration. During the summer of 2022, Khaled interned in one of Florida’s largest health systems. He served as a process improvement, clinical quality, and accreditation intern. His interests include process improvement, operations, finance, human experience, DEI, and innovation.

Chris Bott
2022-2023 Fellow

Chris Bott

Chris is from Miami, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Florida State University in 2018 and worked in technology sales before deciding to pursue a career in healthcare administration. He will graduate with a Master of Health Administration degree from the George Washington University upon completion of his Administrative Fellowship, having finished the didactic component of his degree program. In graduate school, Chris served as the President of the GW MHA Student Association and worked as a Graduate TA. Prior to his Fellowship, Chris interned at Children’s National Hospital within the Information Resources department. His interests include business operations, strategy, patient experience, and community health.

Christian Trent
2021-2022 Fellow

Christian Trent

University of Pittsburgh