Administrative Fellowship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between CommonSpirit Health and CHI Health?
CommonSpirit Health is a national non-profit combined from two legacy organizations. Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. It encompasses 142 hospitals and 150,000 employees across 21 states.
CHI Health is a regional division within CommonSpirit Health. It is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and consists of 14 hospitals across Iowa and Nebraska. CHI Health has over 150 employed physician practice locations and close to 12,000 employees. The CHI Health administrative fellowship works specifically with the Nebraska and Iowa regional division and is located in Omaha, Nebraska.
What makes the CHI Health fellowship unique?
CHI Health offers a unique blend of project and rotation based work. The fellow has the ability to rotate through acute care hospitals, clinic, and service lines while continuously managing projects along the way. The administrative fellow works hand-in-hand with the Senior Vice President and the CEO, Dr. Cliff Robertson. Additionally, CHI Health provides an eclectic mix of experience ranging from our Level 1 Trauma and Academic Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, to our five critical access hospitals. CHI Health takes pride in our fellowship program which is showcased by the high retention of fellows within the organization immediately post-fellowship.
Why did CHI Health choose to develop a two-year fellowship?
With a two-year program the fellow will have ample time to explore a large, complex health system and become immersed in a variety of areas ranging from: metropolitan and critical access hospitals, service lines, our clinically integrated network, numerous clinics throughout our geography and national discussions. Our two-year program also allows fellows to take on large, complex projects that might not be feasible with a shorter fellowship. Finally, a two-year fellowship allows sufficient time for the fellow to explore areas of interest and passion post-fellowship.
What are some example projects that administrative fellows have led or been involved in?
- Managed the move to outsource the CHI Health transfer center
- Coordinated a performance excellence project to improve emergency department patient throughput at a large metropolitan hospital
- Consolidation of an open heart surgery program
- Served as interim management for pediatric urgent care
- Creation of Epic Super User program resulting in contract labor savings of $1.5 million
- Assisted in the opening of CHI Health Lakeside
- Mapped the governance structure of two large organizations for their eventual merger
What benefits are included?
The fellow is paid a competitive professional-level salary as an employee of CHI Health in a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Fellows receive full medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, retirement plans, paid holidays, earned time off for vacation, travel, and tuition assistance for professional development. A stipend will also be provided to support the new fellow relocating to Nebraska.
What does Omaha, Nebraska have to offer?
Omaha is consistently ranked nationally as one of the most desirable places to live. It provides all the conveniences of a large metropolitan city while still maintaining a “small-town” feel. A few of these unique offerings include:
- Strong food, art, and music scene
- Hosts large national performers and international events (i.e. Olympic trial events)
- #2 Best Zoo (Henry Doorly Zoo) according to USAToday (2017)
- Home of the College World Series
- Easily accessible national airport
- Forbes has ranked Omaha as one of America’s most affordable cities, as well as one of the best cities for young professionals (2014)
- Omaha is also home to four Fortune 500 company headquarters (Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, Kiewit Corporation and Mutual of Omaha) and has one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates