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Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship

Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship

Become a future leader with Atrium Health, now part of Advocate Health

In 2022, Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health came together to do more, be better and go faster to help more people live well. Together, we can deliver the best healthcare outcomes and make care more accessible and affordable for all. Under one enterprise, Advocate Health, we aim to train the best healthcare leaders through the Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship.

The Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship is comprised of four market brands - Atrium Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care. It is a one-year, post-graduate, project-based program that selects fellows each year and is designed to provide the fellow with broad knowledge of healthcare operations and strategic planning. Under the guidance of their preceptor, fellows gain substantial experience and exposure to diverse divisions, departments and cross-functional teams throughout the organization.

Specifically, fellows will each lead projects that advances Advocate Health’s commitment; is anchored in our strategic priorities and impacts the continuum of health and care. Ample opportunities will be available for fellows to lead and be active participants in other projects and initiatives as determined. In addition, fellows will be supported by a network of leaders and former fellows and encouraged to pursue their interests in operations, strategy, finance, quality, human resources, business development and/or other areas of health care.

Program History

Collectively, Advocate Health and its delivery care brands, Atrium Health, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist, Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care, have participated in offering administrative fellowships for over 40 years. The Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship is focused on health system operations. Anchored with executive leadership and exposure to large-scale regional operations, the program provides a robust experience of challenging work in critical areas across Advocate Health that will support growth and development of the fellows as they begin a career in healthcare leadership and administration.

What are the benefits of the Fellowship Program?

The Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship Program is a structured framework that allows for flexibility based on a fellow’s interest. Key objectives are to match project-based work that advances our mission and vision with the fellow's interests to provide for a mutually beneficial relationship. These qualities include but are not limited to:

  • Strong commitment from executive leadership and paired preceptor(s) assigned to each fellow
  • Lead a large regional project that advances enterprise strategy and/or improves health system operations
  • Availability of additional enterprise and local project opportunities to advance growth and development
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities that will contribute to professional growth and organization performance
  • Regular meetings with operational and clinical executive leadership 
  • Formal learning and development workshops and classes
  • Attending executive leadership meetings
  • Making formal presentations
  • Networking with enterprise executives
  • Attending external conferences
  • Strong desire to retain former fellows for full-time employment post program


  • Current and former fellows are invited to attend a variety of formal and informal networking activities throughout the year
  • Often coordinated by current and past fellows, our events offer an opportunity to share career advice, build long-term relationships and discuss ideas to maximize the program experience.

Atrium Health Fellowship Locations

Administrative Fellows will be assigned to designated Atrium Health locations in Charlotte or Macon. 

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Macon, GA 

Learn more about our fellowship program by joining one of our informational sessions on the following dates:


Advocate Health fellows are paid an annual salary that is competitive with other administrative fellowship programs around the country. Fellows receive the full benefits package available to teammates as well as relocation assistance for those out of area.


How to Apply

 Requirements to Apply:

  • Applicants must be a recent graduate within one year prior to the start of the fellowship (June 10, 2024)
  • Eligible applicants are graduates from a Master’s-level program in healthcare administration, business administration or public health from a nationally accredited program and institution of higher learning

Important Dates:

  • July 17, 2023: Applications will be live on the ACHE and the Atrium Health Careers Site
  • September 15, 2023: Application Deadline
  • End September 2023: Video Interviews
  • Early October 2023: On-site/Final Interviews
  • Early/mid-October 2023: Offers Extended
  • Program Start Date: June 10, 2024 

To be considered, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete a candidate profile and submit your resume to
  2. Email all required application materials outlined below

Application Materials:

  • Official undergraduate and unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation: Professional and Academic
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of professional goals and interests in pursuing the Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship Program (1 page, single spaced)
  • Submit your application by September 15, 2023

Apply to the Administrative Fellowship Program

Note: Current Atrium Health teammates should apply via CORE Connect.

Contact Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship

Southeast Region

Midwest Region

About Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, NC, also known as 'The Queen City,' is a southern gem located in Central North Carolina. We are friendly, diverse and creative people who thrive on adventure and inclusiveness. To learn more about Charlotte, we recommend visiting this helpful guide.

Some highlights of Charlotte:

  • U.S. News & World Report Top 20 Places to Live in 2021
  • Home of the Carolina Panthers NFL team
  • Home of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team
  • Home of the Charlotte Knights MiLB team
  • Home of the Charlotte Football Club (FC) MLS team
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway & NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • U.S. National Whitewater Center

Current 2023 – 2024 Atrium Health Administrative Fellows

Atrium Health Greater Charlotte Administrative Fellows 

Edward Fletcher, MHA, MBA

Simone M. Bacon, MHA

Master's Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ja’Von Harris, MHSA

Nahshon Deering, MPH

Master's Program: Dartmouth College

Jordan Lobel, MHA

Erina Kami, MHA

Master's Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 


Jordan Lobel, MHA

Nico Velez Bedoya, MBA

Master's Program: Florida International University


Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Administrative Fellows

Edward Fletcher, MHA, MBA

Collin Gibson, MHA

Master's Program: University of Illinois Chicago from the UIC School of Public Health

Ja’Von Harris, MHSA

Justin Gower, MPH

Master's Program: Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Management 

Jordan Lobel, MHA

Gracyn Travitz, MHA

Master's Program: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 


Jordan Lobel, MHA

Drew Trate, MHA

Master's Program: University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health


Hear what previous Fellows have to say:

Irene Bolis, MHA

Irene Bolis, MHA

Fellowship: 2021-2022
What she does now:
Manager, Business Operations, Facilities Management Group
Atrium Health

"My fellowship experience was an invaluable steppingstone in my career. It was an incredible opportunity to network and learn from numerous diverse teammates and leaders at an Enterprise level throughout Atrium Health. I am truly grateful for Atrium’s investment in the Fellowship Program and for the many mentors I gained along the way."

Violetta Saldanha, MHA

Violetta Saldanha, MHA

Fellowship: 2021-2022
What she does now:
Manager, Business Operations, CMC, Mercy, & SouthPark Emergency Departments
Atrium Health

"The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship gave me numerous opportunities that led to the start of my career in healthcare. The mentorship I received from not only my preceptor, but from countless other leaders within the system is something I would not have had access to if it were not for this fellowship. The ability to shadow, tour, and meet teammates from all over the system helped me form many relationships which led to diverse project work not only in Charlotte, but on an enterprise level. I am so grateful for Atrium’s commitment to this program and for fostering such an inclusive culture where the learning opportunities are endless and invaluable."

Brian Middleton, MHA

Brian Middleton, MHA

Fellowship: 2003-2004
What he does now:
Vice President of Surgical Care Division
Administration - Operations
Advocate Health

"My administrative fellowship was an incredible opportunity to learn and network within the organization. The ability to learn in such a complex and diverse organization has been foundational in my growth and development. I have been truly blessed to have responsibility across multiple areas and learn from such wonderful teammates!"

Ben Tingey, MHA

Ben Tingey, MHA

Fellowship: 2013-2014
What he does now:
Manager of Innovation Engine
Atrium Health

"My Fellowship experience has proven invaluable to my career growth and development. It was the ideal blend of accelerated learning, project accountability, and relationship building. I’m very grateful for the investment Atrium Health has made in the Fellowship program."

Collin Lane, MHA

Collin Lane, MHA

Fellowship: 2004-2005
What he does now:
Senior Vice President
Continuing Care Management & Facilities Management

"The Fellowship was instrumental in serving as a launch pad for my career, building networks and relationships with people I’ve continued to work with throughout my years here. It created an opportunity for project work that you typically wouldn’t have access to starting out in a new job, so I was able to hit the ground running."

Emma Hand, MHA

Emma Hand, MHA

Fellowship: 2019-2020
What she does now:
Manager, Business Operations
Atrium Health

"Atrium Health’s commitment to education and advancing career opportunities, customization of the program to personal goals and interests, and provision of an environment that fosters intellectual growth and skill development made it an ideal fellowship experience for me. The administrative fellowship provided me with a unique opportunity to receive quality mentoring from administrative leaders, gain broad exposure to operations in clinical and administrative settings, complete challenging projects that benefit the organization, and ultimately build a solid foundation for my career."

Taylor Foster, MHA

Taylor Foster, MHA

Fellowship: 2019-2020
What she does now:
Director of Cardiovascular Programs
Atrium Health

"The Atrium Health Fellowship was absolutely pivotal to my career. Through the Fellowship, I worked with and learned from remarkable leaders, developed project management and leadership skills through hands-on work, and learned about Atrium Health – and the healthcare industry in general – through both an operational and strategic lens. The team embraced me as a fellow leader and provided me unique experiences and opportunities I would have not otherwise had this early in my career. The culture is incredibly conducive to personal and professional growth. I am extremely grateful for this program!"

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The number of Fellows varies from year to year. On average, Atrium Health recruits between one and three Fellows annually.
Candidates who are chosen to advance will be interviewed via phone with past and current fellows. A small number of candidates will be invited on-site to interview with the executive team. Note: due to COVID-19, on-site interviews may be conducted by phone or live video instead.
The final candidates will be notified within one week of final interviews
The fellowship begins the following June of each application cycle.
The Atrium Health Administrative Fellowship at Atrium Health offers each fellow a competitive salary and benefits package. Fellows are considered full-time teammates.
The initial six-week phase of the Fellowship consists of working directly with the preceptor to educate and orient the Fellow to the functions and structure of the organization. The Preceptor and Fellow will level set expectations within the program, discuss interests and clearly define their project assignment(s). The Fellow will use their remaining appointment to focus on their assigned projects and their interests and growth opportunities.
Since retention is a key goal, fellows meet quarterly with Talent Acquisition and the Assistant Vice President of Career Development to ascertain career interests, performance and competency strengths. During this time, Talent Acquisition works actively with the fellow to identify career opportunities for each fellow within Atrium Health.
Yes, you can. Atrium Health welcomes applicants to contact the Administrative Fellows for questions or feedback.