HonorHealth Administrative Fellowship Program

Program overview

The HonorHealth Administrative Fellowship is an 18-month program that provides practical experience and leadership development through exposure to and active participation in high-level projects, while working directly with executives and internal departments throughout the health system. The two executive leaders the fellow will work with are the program’s sponsors: Kim Post, EVP and Chief Operations Officer and Dr. John Neil, EVP, Chief Physician Executive, and Network Strategy Officer. The fellowship emphasizes a balanced approach to your continuous learning, project leadership, and productive time.

During the first 12 months, the fellow may work with departments such as:

  • Project management
  • Hospital operations
  • Strategic planning
  • Medical Group services
  • Ambulatory services
  • Finance
  • IT and payer contracting
  • Service line development

The program is structured around the use of the Daily Management System that includes:

  • Quality
  • People
  • Finance
  • Growth

In addition to assigned projects, you're encouraged to build relationships and seek assignments within your areas of interest. The remaining six months of the fellowship are self-guided, allowing you to leverage those relationships and experiences and migrate toward a field of interest or organizational need within HonorHealth.

Below are some examples of positions that former fellows currently hold with HonorHealth and the year they completed their Administrative Fellowship Program at HonorHealth.

  • Rick Murdock – 2012 – VP strategic planning, physician alignment and network development
  • Matt Sainsbury – 2014 – Network director, strategic planning
  • Preston Allred – 2016 – Associate Administrator, joint venture and ambulatory operations
  • Steven Tew – 2019 – Director, community care service line
  • Armen Hakobyan – 2020 – Director Medical Group, neurology, spine, PM&R, and general surgery
  • Zachary Tudor – 2021 – Manager business operations, perioperative services

Examples of projects led by fellows:

  • Evaluated surgeon preferences and the needs of the department, obtained quotes for instrumentation, worked with supply chain to procure and receive the instrumentation
  • Lean Six Sigma analysis and configuration for surgical and procedural inventory storage locations
  • Lead a $2.8 million project to replace end-of-life Philips monitors for Osborn Medical Center and Greenbaum Surgical Hospital
  • Managed design of a system-wide universal location system, a project designed to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs
  • Collaborated with the strategic planning department to launch a system-wide operational efficiency committee with the goal of managing workforce productivity and standardizing the position approval process
  • Project manager for the opening of the Sonoran Health and Emergency Center
  • Merger negotiations between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network (the legal formation of HonorHealth)

To learn more please sign up for one of our informational sessions:

August 31, 12 p.m. (MST)Register

September 20, 11 a.m. (MST)Register




Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I apply?

A: We are now accepting applications through the NAFCAS portal until September 29, 2023.

Q: Who can apply?

A: The fellowship application is open to individuals who have:

  • Recently completed a relevant master's degree (MHA, MBA, MPH or other related degree)
  • At least one year of healthcare-related experience

Applicants must have been awarded their degree prior to the start of the fellowship or have completed the didactic portion of their degree requirements before the start of the fellowship if enrolled in a 3-year program. Applicants who have graduated from a CAHME-accredited program are preferred.

HonorHealth does not sponsor work visas at this time.

Q: What documents are required as part of the application process?

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement explaining why you, why healthcare, and why HonorHealth (two pages, double spaced)
  • Official graduate school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation: one academic, one professional and one either academic or professional

Q: What important dates do I need to remember?

  • June 9 – NAFCAS application opens
  • Mid-September – Phone Interviews with verified applicants
  • September 29 – Application deadline
  • Early October – Onsite interviews
  • October 27 – Official offer acceptance date
  • June/July 2024 – Program start date

Additional information?

For additional information about the program, feel free to reach out to Sarah Dalton, the current Administrative Fellow.