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Program overview

The Administrative Fellowship at Geisinger has been established as a leadership training program, which will contribute to the growth and development of health care and insurance leaders. The fellowship program is designed to be a two-year leadership experience with the opportunity to apply specific graduate study principles in the practical work setting of a fully integrated healthcare delivery system.

Seven program concentrations have been designed to capitalize on the market and clinical differences of Geisinger’s service area hubs. While there currently is a fellow in each concentration, it is not guaranteed that every concentration will be fulfilled each year. Please refer to the “applications & selection process” section of the website for a current list of available concentrations. Although each concentration will allow a unique experience, the core of our program lies in the knowledge gained through significant involvement with clinical operations, the health plan, community practice, finance, information technology and research.

  • Central market concentration – Hospital and community practice operations based at Geisinger Medical Center (quaternary/teaching hospital), Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital (small community hospital), and Geisinger Shamokin Hospital (small community hospital). This is sponsored by the chief administrative officer of Geisinger Medical Center.
  • Geisinger Health Plan concentration – Geisinger Health Plan serves 580,000 members in 42 counties of Pennsylvania, providing health insurance coverage for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. This is sponsored by the chief operating officer of Geisinger Health Plan.
  • Northeastern market concentration – Hospital and community practice operations based at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (tertiary/quaternary care), Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Regional Ambulatory Campus (ambulatory and urgent care), Geisinger Community Medical Center, and the eastern service area.
  • South Central market concentration – Hospital and community practice operations based at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital (tertiary care catholic hospital), and the south-central service area. This is sponsored by the chief administrative officer of Geisinger South Central region.
  • Western market concentration – Hospital and community practice operations based at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital (community hospital) and the western service area. This is sponsored by the chief administrative officer of Geisinger Western region.
  • AtlantiCare concentration – AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is comprised of AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization. The region’s largest healthcare organization and largest non-casino employer, AtlantiCare’s more than 5,800 employees and 900 physicians providers serve the community in more than 100 locations through five counties in New Jersey. This is sponsored by the vice president of Strategic Planning and Partner Integration.
  • Steele Institute for Health Innovation concentration – Innovation has been a long-standing core value throughout Geisinger. Our Steele Institute for Health Innovation forages a new generation of leading-edge solutions that slow rising costs, improve quality and increase access – driving change that stretches across our communities and beyond. This is sponsored by the chief innovation officer.

First-year opportunities
Fellows will work in selected key departments and divisions of Geisinger with the objective of obtaining an applied understanding of their respective skills and of the interplay amongst organizational units. First-year roles and responsibilities include:

  • Project management and operational program development
  • Design and implementation of clinical service line business plans
  • Committee leadership and management
  • Administrator on-call
  • Performance improvement leadership
  • Presentation to community boards and stakeholders  

Second-year opportunities
The second year is flexible, and placement is based on the mutual needs, interests, and goals of the fellow, as well as the organization. The intent of the second year is to provide real and significant management accountability. Fellows often fill a role as interim operations managers in the clinical service lines of the health system. Some fellows have opted for a second year focused more around a specific interest, such as strategic planning, or marketing at the health plan.

This two-year training program carries no commitment of employment at Geisinger upon completion, although the majority of administrative trainees have continued their careers in the system. The knowledge and skills developed during the program are broadly applicable to any health care or insurance organization.