• AAMC Administrative Fellowship Program

    A Message from President and CEO Victoria W. Bayless

    Tori_Bayless_LeadershipI am pleased to announce that Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer an administrative fellowship for 2020-2021, and I encourage you to apply. From personal experience beginning my career as an administrative fellow, I appreciate the value of these programs. The fellowship is a one-year immersion into a complex health care system through substantial hands-on projects.

    This fellowship is an outstanding learning and career development opportunity for a recent health care master's graduate/candidate. Our fellows are able to apply their learning and continue to enrich their career in a vibrant and growing medical center.

    Vision 2020: Living Healthier Together

    I personally serve as mentor and preceptor to the fellow and assure that he/she not only has exposure to all functional areas of the health system, but also to governance. Receiving intensive exposure to health care decision-making, the fellow can apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom to a dynamic health care delivery system. This opportunity includes working on special projects aligned with our strategic vision and annual operating plan.

    I encourage you to review the information below. If you have any questions, please contact our current administrative fellow, Marguerite Crandall, at mcrandall@aahs.org or 443-481-1419.

  • Marguerite Crandall

    Administrative Fellow 2019-2020

    Marguerite Crandall

    Marguerite Crandall joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in June of Fiscal Year 2020. She completed her Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan. During graduate school, she worked for the Washtenaw Health Initiative and completed her internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

    Prior to returning to school, Marguerite worked at a Critical Access Hospital in West Virginia and graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare and Society.

     

    Marianthi N Hatzigeorgiou

    Administrative Fellow 2018-2019

    Marianthi HatzigeorgiouMarianthi Hatzigeorgiou serves as program manager to the Rapid Implementation of Strategic Experiments Unit. During her fellowship, she worked on various projects including supporting leaders with various parts of the Doctors Community Hospital System partnership, strategic planning for cardiac surgery, preparing the second annual Health Equity Report, and authoring the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Award application.  

    Hatzigeorgiou completed her Master of Health Services Administration degree in Global Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2018. During graduate school, she worked at the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and completed her internship at the Siemens Healthineers’ global headquarters in Erlangen, Germany. Hatzigeorgiou graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a concentration in Growth and Development. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked as a program supervisor for the Neuroscience Institute at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind. She may be reached at  mhatzigeor@aahs.org

     

    Christian Balcer

    Administrative Fellow 2017-2018

    Christian BalcerChristian Balcer serves as the Manager of Nursing Operations in the main hospital. In this position, he focuses on improvement efforts related to staffing and patient throughput. He oversees day-to-day operations and has direct responsibility for all patient safety attendants and patient transporters, and also supports other projects impacting the nursing world. He is an instructor for the organization’s Leadership Development Institute and is a committee member for the Employee Giving Campaign. As the fellow, he worked on a wide  range of projects, including serving on the system’s Opioid Taskforce, managing insurance denials, supporting hospital negotiations with its largest payer, developing the strategic vision for potential partnerships, and creating AAMC’s first annual Health Equity Report. He also authored AAMC’s runner-up application for the American Hospital Association’s 2018 Quest for Quality Prize.

    Outside of AAMC, Christian is a Division I collegiate soccer official and volunteers with the Annapolis STAIR Program, where he is an after-school, second-grade reading tutor. Prior to joining AAMC, he completed his Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Operations from Calvin College. He has previous experience interning at a variety of organizations: Holy Family Memorial, Spectrum Health, the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, and Goldman Sachs. He is an active member of three professional associations: ACHE, NAHSE, and HFMA. Christian can be reached at cbalcer@aahs.org.

     

    Sarah Haas

    Administrative Fellow 2016-2017

    Sarah HaasSarah Haas serves as the senior manager of care transformation and value-based payment. In this role, she evaluates and manages new payment models and methodologies, such as: value-based contracts, care redesign programs, and Maryland’s all-payer rate-setting policies. She joined Anne Arundel Medical Center as the administrative fellow for FY 17. During her fellowship, Sarah worked on a variety of projects including: service line strategic planning, financial analysis for new business entities, Emergency Department process improvement, cardiac surgery program creation, and new payment model development. Before joining AAMC, she gained experience working in rural healthcare, practice management, hospice services, and health policy. Sarah graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in management and specialization in health care. She holds a master’s degree in Health Administration and master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Sarah can be reached at shaas1@aahs.org.

     

    Valerie Lehman

    Administrative Fellow 2015-2016

    Valerie LehmanValerie Lehman serves as practice manager for AAMC Oncology and Hematology. In this role, she is responsible for the daily operations and management of this large oncology and hematology practice. She is also responsible for AAMC's government relations work. Previously at AAMC, Valerie was AAMC's senior manager for the Institute for Healthy Aging and manager for Palliative Care and Government Affairs. During her fellowship, her projects included writing a business plan for expanding palliative care and a Certificate of Need application for a new mental health hospital at AAMC.

    Her prior professional experience includes serving as health policy fellow in the Washington, DC, office of Congressman John P. Sarbanes (MD-03) and in various program support positions at the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) for more than three years. Valerie first developed her interest in health care by interning for Congressman Patrick J. Murphy (former PA-08) in 2010 while the Affordable Care Act was being crafted and voted on. She graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Health Administration degree in 2016 and The Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College with a BA in International Politics in 2009. Valerie may be reached at vlehman@aahs.org.

     

    Fellowship Mission and Purpose

    The one-year fellowship program is under the direction of President and CEO Victoria Bayless and includes a high degree of involvement by all members of the AAMC executive leadership team and other Leadership Council members. The fellow will take part in substantive hands-on projects that foster an understanding of overall operations of the medical center.

    The program emphasizes active involvement and becoming an independent contributing member at AAMC. In addition, fellows are exposed to management decision-making processes through participating in leadership meetings and one-on-one time with AAMC executives and leadership committees. The fellow is also able to establish a professional network outside of AAMC through contacts and involvement with professional associations.

    Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC): Information, Facts & Figures

    Fellowship Structure

    • Meet weekly with preceptor Victoria Bayless, president and CEO.
    • Actively serve as a member of the executive team, including participation at all leadership meetings.
      • Participate in AAMC's lean initiative, High Quality, Low Cost.
      • Draft the annual operating plan for the health system.
      • Recruit the next administrative fellow.
      • Work with many components of the health system, including operations, strategic planning, human resources, public relations and marketing, quality and safety, finance, nursing, health information technology, medical staff and physician enterprise and philanthropy.
      • Significant project work selected based on organizational initiatives and the interests of the fellow.

      Compensation and Benefits

      • Sponsorship to attend one national conference of choice per year.
      • Access to all on-site leadership and development training, including lean training.
      • Mentorship by leaders across the medical center.
      • Competitive salary and full benefits.

      Eligibility

      • By the start of the fellowship, applicants must have earned a MHA, MHSA, MPH or MBA from a CAHME, AASB or CEPH accredited program with an emphasis in health care management, or have completed the didactic curriculum of such program and a one-year fellowship for conformance of their master's degree.
      • At this time, AAMC does not sponsor international visas for its administrative fellowship program.

      Applying

      To apply for the AAMC fellowship, please submit applications through the National Council on Administrative Fellowships’ Centralized Application Service(NAFCAS).

      • Resume
      • Official graduate school transcript
        • Visit the “Academic History” quadrant to submit colleges attended and to download the Transcript Request Form for your registrar’s office. Transcripts should be sent directly from your registrar’s office to NAFCAS.
      • Undergraduate transcript (official or unofficial)
      • Three (3) letters of recommendation (to be requested in the “Supporting Information” quadrant): (1) academic, (1) professional, and (1) OF CHOICE (academic or professional)
      • Personal statement (not exceeding 750 words) containing:
        • Brief explanation of how your interest in healthcare management developed.
        • What your career objectives are and how the fellowship will help you achieve them.
        • Why, specifically, are you pursuing a fellowship at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

      The NAFCAS application will launch on June 12, 2019. You must complete your application in the NAFCAS portal by 5 pm EST on Wednesday, Oct. 2. This deadline conforms with the Code of Good Practice set by The National Council on Administrative Fellowships. On-site interviews will be held on Oct. 21 and 22. The selected candidate will be notified on Wednesday, Nov. 13.