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Administrative Fellowship Program

The Administrative Fellowship Program

The Loyola Medicine Administrative Fellowship is a one-year, full-time program that provides future health care leaders with unique management and leadership training across the system. The program promotes learning and application of practical skills in operations, finance and frontline management to prepare fellows for rewarding leadership careers in health care. Fellows also gain exposure to in-depth, high-level strategic planning and other system functions, including human resources, marketing, information technology and revenue cycle.

The Loyola Medicine Administrative Fellowship creates opportunities for fellows to contribute to organization-wide initiatives within a nationally ranked academic health system in the greater Chicago area.

Fellowship Program Advantages

  • Direct reporting to Loyola Medicine's chief executive officer and Loyola University Medical Center's President
  • Opportunities to build and enhance leadership skills in people and project management
  • Opportunities to participate in system-level executive meetings through the Trinity Health System Office in Michigan

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Fellows are offered free membership to the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
  • Fellows may obtain a variety of certifications, including: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), and Certified Inpatient Coding Auditor (CICA).
  • The fellowship program allows fellows to attend a variety of national conferences, including the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress.

Upcoming Webinars

Join current and former administrative fellows to learn more about Loyola Medicine's unique fellowship opportunity:

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
12 – 1 pm CST
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Thursday, September 9, 2021
7 – 8 pm CST
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Saturday, September 11, 2021
10 – 11 am CST
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Meet the Fellows

The Loyola Medicine Administrative Fellowship is represented at many of the local and national fellowship fairs. Please continue to revisit this page to learn when you can connect with current and former fellows at these fairs.

For further questions, please contact the Administrative Fellowship email at

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 a network ambulatory care 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:

  • Shawn Vincent, president and chief executive officer, Loyola Medicine
  • Tad Gomez, president, Loyola University Medical Center

Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine has been a part of Trinity Health since 2011. Trinity Health is a national Catholic health care system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve.

Learn more about Trinity Health and its administrative fellowships.

Regional Fellowship

Administrative fellows at Loyola Medicine receive the unique opportunity to participate in system-wide leadership and growth opportunities. Fellows will collaborate with other Trinity Health fellows, attend high-level corporate events and gain valuable insight through mentorship from a secondary preceptor in the Trinity System Office. Additional opportunities past fellows have experienced include the CFO Finance Council, Ministry Leadership Council, Clinical Summit, Board of Directors Meetings, as well as funding for optional conferences.

Our Fellows

2021-22 Fellows

Jackie Skoog, MHSAJackie Skoog, MHSA '19, University of Kansas

Jackie Skoog is one of the 2021-22 administrative fellows at Loyola Medicine. She received her Master of Health Service Administration (MHSA) from the University of Kansas Medical School of Medicine in 2019 and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Information Management from the School of Health Professions in 2018. During graduate school, Jackie completed an administrative internship with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) in Chicago, IL.

She was responsible for auditing MIPS and CIP quality measures, identifying opportunities for performance improvement and conducting a fee schedule analysis to insure proper resource allocation and total reimbursement. She received her Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt in May 2019 from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Jackie worked at The University of Chicago as an administrative specialist with Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery where she managed research students, provider credentialing and the Chicago Breast and World Lymphedema Symposium.

Niki Patel, MHA, MBANiki Patel, MHA, MBA '20, St. Louis University

Niki Patel is one of the 2021-22 Administrative Fellows at Loyola Medicine. She received her Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Louis University-College of Public Health and Social Justice and The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business in 2020. Niki earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Elmhurst University in 2018.

During graduate school, Niki completed her administrative internship with St. Luke's Health System in Chesterfield, MO. She completed project work in telehealth implementation and a Women's Health service line redesign initiative. She previously worked at Loyola Medicine as the site coordinator for the COVID-19 vaccine clinic, overseeing daily operations and staffing of nurses, volunteers and service representatives.

Dwayne L. Simmons, PharmD, MHADwayne L. Simmons, PharmD, MHA '20, George Washington University

Dwayne L. Simmons, PharmD, is a native of Chicago, IL who received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2010 and an Executive Master of Health Administration degree from The George Washington University in 2020. Dwayne holds tangible health care experience from over a decade of work as a clinician and pharmacy leader. This experience includes managing a 16-person clinical pharmacist team and a nearly $1M grant budget while serving the Director of Clinical Programs for the Center of Minority Studies & Health Initiatives in Washington, D.C.

Dwayne has also overseen the operational transition of multiple pharmacy and wellness centers across multiples states during his work as the Regional Integration Pharmacist at the corporate office of Albertson Companies/Safeway Pharmacy in Boise, ID. Dwayne transitioned to Loyola Medicine from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. There he worked as a discharge pharmacist, focused on mitigating work-process shortcomings, optimizing team performance and productivity, and expanding the utilization of the hospital's discharge pharmacy service.

Dwayne’s administrative interests include acute and ambulatory operations, quality improvement, business development and methodologies that address Social Influencers of Health (SIOH). Through the Loyola Medicine fellowship, Dwayne seeks to gain new exposures and further develop skillsets that will expand his ability to impact health care delivery beyond pharmacy practice and holistically improve patient outcomes.

Past Fellows



Graduate Institution

Current Position


David Cook


University of Michigan

Business Administrator, Medicine & Cardiovascular Services

Loyola Medicine

Garrett Danelz


University of Iowa

Regional Project Manager

Loyola Medicine

Lauren Waggoner, MHA


University of Iowa

Strategy & Business Development Senior Consultant

Northwestern Medicine

Jenna Zmuda, MHA


Saint Louis University

Business Development Manager

Carle Health

Colleen Chenevey, MHA


The Ohio State University

Associate Planning Consultant

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Danielle Young, MHA


Saint Louis University

Practice Director, Orthopaedics, Oral Health, LOC Surgery & LOC Pain

Loyola Medicine

Nicole Powell, MS HSM


Rush University

Manager, Anatomic Pathology

Loyola Medicine

Jessica Rouse, MHA


Saint Louis University

Practice Manager

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Heather Mintz, MPH


Harvard University

Director, Medical Group Operations

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Megan (Passman) Krasnick, MHSA


University of Michigan

Client Team Lead


Julie (Johnson) Dean, MS HSM


Rush University

Executive Director, Digestive Health & Regional Director, Operational Excellence

Loyola Medicine

Betsy (Bruinsma) Hansen, MHSA


University of Michigan

Director, Healthcare Consumerism


Vineeth Gossain, MBA


Loyola University Chicago

Senior Associate, Physician Leadership and Integration Practice


James Diamond, JD, MHA


Saint Louis University

Director of Medical Group Operations

NorthShore University Health System

Jami Youmans, MHA


Saint Louis University

Founder and Managing Partner


Fellowship Preceptors

Shawn Vincent, Loyola Medicine CEOShawn P. Vincent, President and CEO, Loyola Medicine

Shawn P. Vincent is the president and chief executive officer of Loyola Medicine. Mr. Vincent joined Loyola in November of 2018 from Augusta University Health, where he served as chief operating officer.

Learn more about Mr. Vincent.


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

Tad Gomez, President of Loyola University Medical CenterTad A. Gomez, President, Loyola University Medical Center

Tad A. Gomez is the president of Loyola University Medical Center. Mr. Gomez joined Loyola in January of 2019 from Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) in Gainesville, Georgia, where he was the vice president for professional and support services overseeing lab, pharmacy, radiology and imaging, facilities operations, biomedical engineering and several other ancillary departments.

Learn more about Mr. Gomez.

Secondary Preceptors

Loyola Medicine Administrative Fellows will have a Trinity Health leader as a secondary preceptor. These secondary preceptors are located at System Office in Livonia, Michigan. The secondary preceptor identifies opportunities within Trinity Health that have the potential to enhance the fellow’s learning and development. This relationship serves as a resource at the system level to help the fellow navigate through Trinity Health.

Past Projects


  • Streamlined COVID-19 data collection process across the region to deliver real-time, actionable data to executive leadership.
  • Developed comprehensive dashboard to track regional COVID-19 statistics: used to forecast spikes in confirmed cases, monitor PPE and ventilator utilization and assess inpatient unit capacity.
  • Staffed the COVID-19 Incident Command Center (ICC) responsible for COVID patient tracing, evaluating capacity limitations and operationalizing new policies and procedures.

Operations/Quality Improvement

  • Managed multidisciplinary team to implement improved detection process for difficult airway patients.
  • Used Lean principles to present decreased front-desk staffing model to reduce nursing overtime.
  • Assisted in the development of an ambulatory care model to minimize variation in patient experience and reduce variability in care models.

Strategy/Business Development

  • Managed creation of physician acquisition process to acquire ambulatory practices.
  • Developed effective communication and change management tool for managers and staff members.
  • Led operational teams in transitioning an acquired physician practice to an ambulatory network site, coordinated training and on-boarding of new staff, and assessment of supply need.


  • Front-end revenue cycle improvement to increase efficiency and utilization of the sleep lab.
  • Projected trends to create operating budget for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Laboratory.
  • Developed a financial business case and conducted a pilot for a dedicated Rapid Response Team.

Patient Experience

  • Led project for five bundle programs at MacNeal Hospital to improve financial risk, improve population health management and comprehensive care coordination.
  • Conducted mixed-method analysis of patient experience metrics and drivers throughout all inpatient units and partnered with the chief nurse executive's team to implement focused tactics.
  • Implemented framework of patient experience initiatives to increase baseline scores and improve safety huddle.

Community Outreach

  • Managed a multidisciplinary team and partnered with community stakeholders to create a respite program that provides short-term housing to vulnerable homeless patients.
  • Co-led initiative to provide free preventive health screenings for uninsured women.
  • Event creation and management to provide free preventive health screenings for uninsured women in the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many fellows are selected each year?

Two to three fellows are selected each recruitment cycle.

Do I get to select my preceptor?

No, the preceptor team conducts a comprehensive assessment to determine preceptor-fellow compatibility.

What is the salary and benefits package for an Administrative Fellow?

The Administrative Fellowship salary is competitive with other programs and in the Chicago market. A full benefits package is also available to Fellows and their dependents. Additionally, relocation expenses and a stipend to be applied towards educational activities (conferences, certificates, subscriptions, etc.) is also awarded.

Does the Administrative Fellowship Program sponsor work visas?

No, we do not sponsor work visas for Administrative Fellows.

Do Loyola Medicine fellows interact with other Chicago area Administrative Fellowship Programs?

Yes, Chicago is a uniquely robust health care network containing a number of fellowship programs. Chicago-area fellows interact informally with each other through networking events and social outings throughout the year.

Are students of graduate programs requiring a one-year fellowship/residency prior to degree conferral eligible for the fellowship?

Yes, as long as all other degree requirements are met, students of graduate programs requiring an administrative fellowship as a condition for graduation are welcome to apply.

What mentoring and professional support is provided for fellows?

Fellows are surrounded by a passionate team excited about supporting current and former fellows. Fellows receive ample support from their preceptor team, executive and senior leaders and fellow alumni who provide guidance and support regarding personal and professional development.

What can I expect from the interview process?

To ensure a safe environment for everyone involved, all interviews for the 2022 – 2023 Administrative Fellowship cohort will be conducted virtually. More specific details will be updated on this webpage as they become available.

Will completing the Administrative Fellowship Program lead to a position within Loyola Medicine?

Although fellows are hired with retention as a priority, no formal obligation exists for either party to offer or accept a position upon completion of the fellowship.

What are some examples of jobs upon completion of the Fellowship?

Former fellows are in positions across the organization, and are competitive to early-career management positions. Some examples of positions held by previous fellows include:

  • Business Administrator
  • Department Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Operational Excellence Consultant


Qualified candidates must have, or will have, completed a Master's in Healthcare Administration (MHA), Business Administration (MBA), Public Health (MPH), or equivalent from a graduate program by June 2022 or upon completion of the fellowship. Programs must be accredited from one of the following accrediting bodies:

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

A minimum of one year related health care experience is preferred.

Application Process

The application period for the Administrative Fellowship cycle is open from June 10—October 1, 2021. The following information should be submitted through the NAFCAS (National Administrative Fellowship Centralized Application Service) by Friday, October 1, 2021 under the Trinity Health Fellowship Portal.

Please note, applicants are required to apply through Trinity Health's NAFCAS portal, where you will be prompted to identify other Trinity Health fellowship locations that interest you. Applicants only interested in Loyola Medicine should designate this in the desired geographic location dropdown menu as well as tailor their application materials to reflect this interest.

  • Graduate academic records
  • Cover letter
  • Current résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one from a faculty member if currently enrolled in a graduate degree program)
  • Narrative statement of fellowship and career objectives. Include in your statement answers to the following:
    • What would you bring to Trinity Health to help us better live out our mission?
    • How would the fellowship help you achieve your career goals?
  • Email and telephone numbers where you can be reached in 2021
  • Desired geographic location: Loyola Medicine

The Loyola Medicine Administrative Fellowship program participates in the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF) and adheres to their guidelines. As such, Loyola Medicine complies with the uniform acceptance date on Friday, November 12, 2021. Offers will be extended prior to this date, but selected candidates will not be required to confirm acceptance until November 12, 2021.

For further questions, please contact the Administrative Fellowship email at