Book learning is essential but nothing drives a lesson home better than intense hands-on training, the opportunity to translate theory into action and receiving one-on-one coaching by seasoned professionals in your chosen career path – in this case, health care administration.
The Samaritan Administrative Fellowship Program recently kicked off its next 12-month session with a bootcamp for the two 2022 Administrative Fellows, Sequoya Eady and Lorenzo Froehle. They were accepted into the program from a pool of 61 applicants which was narrowed down to five in-person interviews and, ultimately, the final two.
For the duration of the program, the two fellows are full-time SHS employees with benefits. They will rotate throughout the system for a crash course in project management and operations on a wide range of focus topics: acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, physician and clinical services, ancillary services, health insurance plans, corporate administration, high reliability, population health and graduate medical education.
Just a few weeks into the program, both Eady and Froehle said they are pleased to have been accepted.
“Going into my fellowship with Samaritan Health Services, I knew that I would be given the tools necessary to pursue my passions in health care administration,” Froehle said. “The opportunity to work with leaders across this wonderful system is truly a privilege. The amount of knowledge I have already amassed in just two short weeks gives me great hope for this 12-month program.
“Along with the once in a lifetime education this fellowship provides, everybody here has made me feel welcomed and I am finding myself quickly integrated within our communities,” he added. “It is my hope to continue this level of growth each day so that upon completion of this fellowship I will be a leader that our system and communities can be proud of.”
Eady agreed with her colleague’s positive assessment and further explained why she was drawn to the Samaritan program.
“The driving factor behind my choice to come to Samaritan’s Fellowship Program was a combination of the rotational structure of the program and the department and executive leadership that made me feel so welcome. I also thought my personal and professional values aligned well with Samaritan’s mission and vision,” Eady said.
She said she is looking forward to experiencing all the rotations, with a particular interest in critical care and acute care operations, medical groups, health plans and population health.
“I am naturally drawn toward operations with a more public health focus. I look forward to learning more about the structure of the health system and truly finding my niche in health care administration,” she said.
Some of the fellowship program graduates before her have continued their employment with Samaritan after completing the program, and some have moved on to equally rewarding careers with other organizations.
During the year, the two fellows will work closely with a variety of Samaritan preceptors, who will act as coaches to coordinate and structure the learning process and provide appropriate resources. The fellows also meet regularly with the program director, Marty Cahill, CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, and the associate program director, Allie Kreusser.
A Bit About Sequoya Eady
She obtained her higher education at University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s of public health and a master’s in health administration. Some fun facts: She’s played softball since age 8, she’s a huge college football fan (Roll Tide!), she’s a self-taught bartender and she’s a “huge foodie.”
A Bit About Lorenzo Froehle
He obtained his higher education at University of Alaska at Anchorage, earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s in business administration. Some fun facts: He’s a huge soccer fan (Seattle Sounders at heart but making room for the Portland Timbers), he is new to mountain biking and loving it, he grew up in Anchorage where he developed his love for camping, and he’s a “major comic book enthusiast,” with his favorite being Spider-Man.