"I am so thankful for the Administrative Fellowship experience at Children’s Mercy, even though it fell during one of the craziest times in health care. My time as the Fellow started very conventionally. The rotation and project-based hybrid structure helped me understand the operations and complexities of a free-standing pediatric hospital. About halfway through the fellowship, the conventional year came to a sudden end, as the COVID-19 pandemic struck; instead of rotating and completing projects, I began to work deeply with the leadership team on emergency preparedness and response. Each day, I observed how leaders shaped and reshaped their operations in response to the pandemic, ensuring that patients, families and employees were at the forefront of every decision. These meaningful experiences have prepared me for the next step in my career as a pediatric health administrator, and I look forward to watching Children’s Mercy advance clinical care, research and education in this next chapter of history!"
Maggie Ertz, 2019-20 Fellow
Op Ex Project Manager
Project Management Office
"In my search for a post-grad fellowship, I sought opportunities for shadowing and meaningful project work, access to executive leadership, mentorship, and a hospital culture that embodied kindness, inclusion, and innovation. The Children’s Mercy fellowship exceeded my expectations and served me in so many ways. In the fellowship, I grew more confident in my abilities and further understood my purpose. I worked on a diverse array of projects: creation of a hospital-wide faculty departure checklist, establishment of a patient family advisory council at the Kansas hospital, assessment of multi-disciplinary clinics, and more. I gained mentors who challenged me, gave me hope for the future of children’s healthcare, and truly cared about me. This fellowship invests in you as a leader and molds you for success in your future endeavors. In addition, being a fellow at Children’s Mercy is fun! You can spend all day with Child Life, help plan huge philanthropy events, or fly in the transport helicopter. The Children’s Mercy fellowship provides endless opportunities and you will always wake up excited to go to work."
Nikita Sharma, 2018-19 Fellow
Quality Improvement Consultant
"The administrative fellowship program at Children’s Mercy was an insightful experience for me. To see firsthand the operations in clinical and non-clinical departments helped shaped my understanding of being a healthcare administrator. Leading several projects, participating in leadership meetings and having unlimited access to learn was beneficial to my professional development. I valued the connections I made with families throughout my clinical rotations, as well as the connections with staff and leaders throughout all departments. The fellowship at Children’s Mercy gives you firsthand experience and exposure to all areas of the hospital from front line operations to executive leadership interactions. You truly have tremendous opportunities to learn and grow as a healthcare professional in this fellowship at Children’s Mercy."
Sarah Sentmore, 2017-18 Fellow
Community Benefit Manager
"The Children's Mercy Administrative Fellowship was the perfect start to a career in pediatric health. The mix of clinical and non-clinical rotations, leadership development experiences, and the flexible nature of the fellowship allowed me to see how a leading pediatric hospital operates from many different viewpoints. Each team I worked with was incredibly supportive of my learning experience and this allowed me to both learn as much as possible and build strong relationships that I continue to rely on and collaborate with today."
Steven Johnson, 2016-17 Fellow
Manager, Business & Strategic Planning
"The Administrative Fellowship at Children's Mercy is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The opportunity to observe, participate, and lead in numerous areas across the hospital is something that will propel my interactions, understanding, and career for years to come. From international services, to family centered care, clinical care, volunteering at events, and countless others, I learned from every aspect of the fellowship."
Kate Gibbs, 2014-15 Fellow
Manager, Opthalmic Operations
"The Administrative Fellowship is an amazing opportunity to learn from experts in health care and to be responsible for your own projects. The experiences I had with patients, families, and employees at Children's Mercy will always impact the way I make decisions throughout my career."
Neesha Hitchcock, 2011-12 Fellow
Director of Operations
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas
"My administrative fellowship at Children's Mercy challenged and inspired me in many ways. My expectations for establishing relationships, gaining professional experience and refining my skills were indeed met and often surpassed. My observations and assimilation into a culture that fulfills its mission on a daily basis, however, was just as meaningful."
Jared Vavroch, 2010-11 Fellow
Director of Planning
Financial Planning & Analysis
"As I began the Administrative Fellowship, I had an understanding that I would spend my time learning the 'ins and outs' of a leading pediatric hospital. Much to my surprise and benefit, that ultimately was only a small component of the education and developmental leadership I received. The experience challenged me to learn more about myself, cultivate relationships, and refine the expertise and skills needed to become a healthcare leader in the future."
Kevin Mroczka, 2009-10 Fellow
Director of Planning and Business Analysis
"The Administrative Fellowship program at Children's Mercy exceeded my expectations in every way. I was fortunate to experience nearly everything a large pediatric health care system has to offer; both clinical and administrative. The fellowship program also provided the unique opportunity to guide a young administrator from a pediatric hospital in China through Children's Mercy for a three-month period. This led to an opportunity to travel to China, and see pediatric healthcare as it is practiced on the other side of the globe. The fellowship opened many doors, provided tremendous opportunities, and put me on track to continue developing the skills and relationships necessary to be a successful administrator in the pediatric health care environment."
Jack Curran, 2008-09 Fellow
Department of Pediatrics