The Fellowship Experience

Program Overview

The Cone Health Administrative Fellowship is a dynamic, two-year postgraduate experience that provides Fellows with comprehensive exposure to core components of the Cone Health enterprise. The Fellowship offers opportunities to build and strengthen knowledge and skills through structured rotations and project work. The length of the Fellowship also allows Fellows to develop meaningful relationships with senior leaders, build upon foundational skills obtained through an academic program, and gain significant professional experience.

The program begins with an onboarding process during which the Fellow attends New Employee Orientation, discusses goals and objectives for the fellowship with his/her Preceptors, and meets with senior executives of both the administrative and medical staff. Following the onboarding process, the Fellow begins rotations in five core areas, with each rotation lasting anywhere from 6-10 weeks. Once the core rotations are completed, the Fellow will be able to choose from a number of “elective” rotations based on the interests and skill development of the fellow.

Utilizing the knowledge and competencies gained in the rotation phase, the Fellow then engages in value-added project work under the guidance of the senior executive team. While the program has been intentionally designed to meet the strategic objectives of the organization, elements of the rotations and project work may be tailored according to the Fellow’s professional needs and interests. Throughout the program, the Fellow will attend strategic and operational meetings at all levels of leadership, including Board of Trustees meetings, and receive numerous networking opportunities with the Cone Health executive leadership team and other leading executives in healthcare.

Preparing Knowledgeable, Transformative Leaders

The Administrative Fellowship is an educational experience for both the Fellow and Cone Health, as Fellows are considered important members of the leadership team. Cone Health values the unique talents of each Fellow and looks to them to help develop innovative ways to provide exceptional care, every day. Through the Administrative Fellowship Program, Cone Health prepares highly motivated, aspiring healthcare executives to be knowledgeable, transformative leaders who will move healthcare towards a bold new future. The intent is to create a pathway to place fellows who are both high preforming and culturally aligned in meaningful post-fellowship employment.

Year One

During the first year of the Fellowship, the Fellow will complete core rotations in the following areas:

  • People and Culture (Human Resources)
  • Corporate and Operational Finance
  • Strategic Development
  • Quality, Infection Prevention and Accreditation
  • Operations (Hospital, Physician Medical Group and Accountable Care Organization)

The Fellow will collaborate with each Rotation Preceptor to develop specific learning objectives for each rotation. During the rotations, the Fellow will attend meetings, shadow leaders, and participate in meaningful, hands-on experiences that will help to put graduate learnings into action. At the completion of these rotations, the Fellow will have the opportunity to complete elective rotations in other areas of the health system.

Year Two

During the second year of the fellowship, the Fellow will begin to lead multiple projects across the system in areas such as business planning, strategic development, and process improvement.

Examples of projects that previous Fellows have completed include:

  • Project Management for non-emergency medical transportation pilot in the cancer center.
  • Interim director over senior care practice with clinic and nursing facility oversight.
  • Completion of a CON application to construct new facilities, acquire major medical equipment, or add services to the health system.
  • Implementation of a pilot hiring assessment tool for various departments across the system.
  • Community Health initiative with underserved area of Cone Health market.
  • Feasibility study for primary care needs in the counties that Cone Health serves.
  • Project Management for the Medicare Shared Savings Program Application, which was ultimately accepted by Medicare leading Cone Health to participate as one of the largest ACOs in the country.
  • Participation in Keystone Team focused on engaging employees to increase quality, service, and cost, which reduced first-year turnover by 25 percent and increased employee engagement scores from the 59th to the 87th percentile.
  • Participation in the Cone Health Medical Group’s physician-led Executive Committee which focused on transforming the 300+ physician medical group into a “High Performing Medical Group”.
  • Interim Employee Performance Managership at Moses Cone Hospital.
  • Development of an equipment/disposition disposal contract.
  • Contribution to the Cone HealthLink (EPIC) team build and Go-Live processes.
  • Six-month Interim Assistant Directorship of Echo, Vascular, & EEG Labs.
  • Planning and creation of the Cone Health Patient Transport Department.
  • Business plan development and feasibility analysis of medical wellness service line.

Salary & Benefits

Administrative Fellows receive a competitive salary and the full benefits package that is available to all full-time employees of Cone Health, including medical, vision, and dental coverage. Other benefits include:

  • Wellness programs and classes, including spin, yoga and Zumba®.
  • Access to concierge services.
  • Membership dues for healthcare organizations (i.e. American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives) covered by Cone Health.
  • Annual stipend for professional and educational conferences/trainings (i.e. ACHE, NAHSE, etc.).
  • Relocation assistance.

Professional Development Opportunities

At the beginning of the Fellowship, Fellows work with their Preceptor to outline their goals and objectives for both the Fellowship and their long-term careers. Throughout the program, Fellows continue to discuss these objectives with their Preceptor and other mentors, and are encouraged to continually seek out experiences that will help them to achieve these goals. Fellows receive numerous opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and network with leading executives in health care on national, regional and local levels.

Examples of these opportunities include:

  • Insigniam Breakthrough Workshops: The Breakthrough Workshops, offered by Insigniam Consulting, provides participants with techniques that will allow them to achieve breakthrough performance through their leadership.
  • Cone Health iLead Series: The iLead Series consists of educational sessions and pathways to equip new Cone Health leaders with the skills and competencies needed to be successful in their roles.
  • Lean Leadership 101 and A3 Thinking: The Lean Leader 101 and A3 Thinking educational sessions will prepare all participants to resolve problems using the systematic A3 improvement approach.
  • Training from various research and consulting firms, such as the Advisory Board.
  • Local, regional, and statewide events, such as North Carolina Hospital Association Advocacy Day.
  • ACHE, NAHSE, or other annual healthcare education conferences.
  • Dive-in networking groups are available for many interests, including Launch, which provides opportunities to build meaningful connections, contribute your full talents, grow professionally, and have your voice heard.

Fellows also engage with the communities served by Cone Health through opportunities such as:

Is employment at Cone Health guaranteed at the completion of the Fellowship?

Although it is the hope and intent of the fellowship that a Fellow will continue working for Cone Health, there is no formal obligation from either party to either offer or accept a position post-fellowship. Fellows typically begin discussions with Preceptors and other mentors regarding post-fellowship employment six months prior to the end of their Fellowship. The intent is to create a pathway to place fellows who are both high preforming and culturally aligned in meaningful post-fellowship employment. Fellows have been successful in obtaining permanent roles within Cone Health.