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Program Overview 

The Providence Health & Services Administrative Fellowship Program is a one-year preceptor-directed learning experience that fosters practical development and operational experience in a values-based, not-for-profit health care delivery system. This position reports to the Chief of Leadership Services. The goals of the Fellowship Program are:

    • To develop outstanding health system leaders who contribute to meeting Providence’s need for talented leaders in the future
    • To provide an opportunity for individuals to enhance their skills and knowledge through experiences tailored to the interests of the candidate selected
    • To enhance and expand the culture of learning at Providence by providing opportunities for networking, collaborative learning, best practice sharing, the introduction of current academic theory techniques into the system, and the overall enrichment of the Providence community
    • To expand the gender and ethnic diversity of Providence leadership.

Our Administrative Fellowship Program is directed toward individuals who are interested in health care excellence, collaboration, management development, and growth opportunities in a values-based, not-for-profit health care delivery system. Fellows participate in a wide variety of projects, meetings, and other professional experiences designed to strengthen leadership and administrative skills. These experiences include training in change facilitation and acceleration, project management, and more. Project and learning opportunities are tailored to the individual interests of the fellow; however, it is intended that each fellow will experience a broad range of assignments and organizational sites across the system.

Program Roles

Throughout the fellowship year, the fellow will have the opportunity to work with leaders at various levels of the organization. Listed below are the primary contacts for the fellow.

Rod Hochman, MD, President and CEO, is the preceptor for the fellowship program. Rod and the fellow have regularly scheduled meetings to discuss organizational initiatives and career development. Additionally, the fellow has an opportunity to attend leadership meetings, shadow Rod and other executives, and engage with organizational leaders through meaningful work.

Kristina Hansen Smith, MHA, MBA, Chief of Leadership Services, reports directly to Rod and serves as the manager for the fellow.  Kristina solicits and coordinates the fellow’s projects, provides project guidance, mentors the fellow, and conducts informal and formal evaluations.  Kristina has great organizational insight and visibility, enabling her to connect the fellow with projects that are meaningful to the fellow’s development and help advance Providence’s core strategy of creating healthier communities together.