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Administrative Fellows

Advocate Health Care Welcomes

Husain Esmail, 2011 Administrative Fellow
Husain Esmail began his administrative fellowship in May 2011. He earned a Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University School of Public Health in May 2011. Husain also attended the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Business and Chemistry in 2009.

His work experience includes Medicaid business strategy, an internship in quality improvement, and assisting in the research of financial and accounting strategies in health services at St. Louis University of School of Public Health. Husain's fellowship is under the mentorship of Jim Skogsbergh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advocate Health Care.


2010 Administrative Fellows

Franchella Holland
Franchella earned a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. She completed her undergraduate studies in Pre-Professional Studies and Sociology at the University of Notre Dame in 2008. Franchella was the 2010 John Lassiter Fellow for the Advocate System under the mentorship of Jim Skogsbergh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advocate Health Care.

Franchella’s time in the administrative fellowship was spent evenly between the system and Advocate South Suburban Hospital. She spent the first six months of her fellowship working on system level projects including the development of an annual organizational management cycle which is being used as the framework for Advocate system business planning. Franchella also participated on the task force to standardize department nomenclature across the system in order to create a consistent patient experience at all Advocate care sites. Franchella transitioned to Advocate South Suburban Hospital, working under President Michael Englehart, for the second six months of her fellowship. At South Suburban, she completed several projects in business development and operations. She managed the patient relations department, initiated the project management of seven clinical unit moves, and assisted with the hospital’s programmatic alignment with AdvocateCare. After completing her fellowship, Franchella accepted a position with Advocate Physician Partners as a Physician Performance Coach.

Laura Leahy
Laura completed her Master of Health Administration from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010. Laura also holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Laura was selected as an ARAMARK Healthcare Fellow for Clinical Support Services, in partnership with the Institute for Diversity (www.aramarkhealthcare.com) through a nationwide competitive process. She was placed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital - Park Ridge, where she reported to Tony Armada, President.

Laura worked on a variety of projects in her tenure as a fellow. These projects included the development of a Korean outreach program, a process improvement initiative to streamline the discharge planning process on the inpatient psychiatric units, and a system-level initiative to improve the provision of language services to patients throughout the system. Additionally, Laura participated in a national research study with Penn State as a component of the ARAMARK fellowship. This project focused on examining the impact of support service employee perceptions of workplace safety on overall hospital performance. For the last three months of her fellowship, Laura worked as a Practice Manager for General Surgery in the north region of AMG. After the fellowship, she accepted the position of Manager, Physician Operations in the Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Allison Wyler Paus
Allison graduated from Rush University with a Master of Science in Health Systems Management. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the 2010 Advocate Health Care Administrative Fellow, Allison worked under the mentorship of Jim Skogsbergh, President and Chief Executive Officer for Advocate Health Care.

During her fellowship Allison worked on several projects including the development and implementation of monthly and quarterly operating reviews for all hospitals, the medical group, and centralized support services, as well as the design and planning of the Advocate Experience. During her fellowship, Allison had the opportunity to serve as Interim Manager of Support Services at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and was responsible for the Environmental Services and Public Safety departments. “I chose Advocate because it was an integrated health system that would allow me to gain a broad range of health care management experience and pursue opportunities across the entire continuum of care.” Allison accepted the position of Manager of Support Services after completing her fellowship.

Derrick Yang
Derrick completed his Master of Public Health from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2010. Derrick also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Asian Studies from the University of Michigan. Derrick was selected as an ARAMARK Healthcare Fellow for Clinical Support Services, in partnership with the Institute for Diversity (www.aramarkhealthcare.com) through a nationwide competitive process. He was placed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital - Park Ridge, where he reported to Tony Armada, President.

As a fellow, Derrick worked on a number of operations and business development projects at Lutheran General as well as the system level. His projects included the development of an immediate care center, implementation of a novel communication system to improve associate satisfaction in the operating rooms, a Polish community outreach program, and coordination of the system monthly operating reviews involving all 12 Advocate hospitals. As a component of his fellowship through ARAMARK Healthcare, he also conducted a study in conjunction with Penn State University to evaluate the impact of worker safety perceptions on organizational performance. After completing his fellowship, Derrick accepted a Strategic Specialist role at Lutheran General Hospital.

2009 Administrative Fellows

Elise Trauscht
Elise received her Master in Health Care Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in 2009. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Religious Studies from St. Mary's College of California. Elise was a Fellow at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Administrative working under hospital President, Karen Lambert. She previously worked at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center as an Administrative Intern.

Elise worked on projects with an emphasis on operations and performance improvement, including an initiative to increase patient satisfaction in the Ambulatory Surgery department. She also reviewed the patient transportation system within the hospital to identify how it could operate more efficiently. In addition, she analyzed the need for an observation unit within the hospital. Elise participated on a number of project teams and rapid improvement events (RIE). Following her fellowship, Elise accepted a position with Partners Health System in Boston.

Jequeatta Upton Smith
Jequeatta received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Virginia's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences/School of Medicine for an interdisciplinary graduate program in Public Health Sciences. She also attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate education where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In her role as the 2009 John Lassiter Administrative Fellow for the Advocate System, she reported to Bill Santulli, Chief Operating Officer for Advocate Health Care.

Jequeatta worked on several performance enhancement projects throughout the system. These projects included leading a Six Sigma process improvement team focused on reducing the congestive heart failure readmission rate at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. She also worked on an organizational development plan proposal for Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge to strengthen its efficiency and identify opportunities for improvement. Again at Good Shepherd Hospital, she led a team in an operations improvement project to standardize the placement and medical management of intoxicated patients through the hospital's Emergency Department. Jequeatta accepted her current position, Manager of the Patient Experience at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, following the fellowship.

2008 Administrative Fellows

Nichia McDowald
Nichia graduated from Emory University with a Master of Public Health, Health Policy & Management degree in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Political Science from Howard University. Nichia worked as the 2008 John Lassiter Administrative Fellow for the Advocate System. During her fellowship, she worked under the mentorship of Bill Santulli, Chief Operating Officer for Advocate Health Care.

As a Fellow, Nichia worked on Performance Enhancement Initiatives utilizing LEAN, Change Acceleration Process (CAP) and Work-Out Methodologies at Advocate South Suburban Hospital including, Emergency Department transformation, Diagnostic Imaging improvement and Patient Access redesign. She also collaborated with key stakeholders in the development of system-wide goals related to patient satisfaction and physician engagement. Upon completion of her Fellowship, Nichia secured a position as Director of Patient Intake at Lutheran General Hospital. Nichia describes her experience as John Lassiter Administrative Fellow for the Advocate System in her own words:

"I became interested in Advocate Health Care after learning of the organization's mission, values and philosophy. To draw from the wholistic philosophy, Advocate believes that human beings are created in the image of God and each individual has not only physical needs, but emotional and spiritual need as well.

The projects I worked on during my Fellowship gave me exposure to committed people at all levels of the organization. In addition to the hands-on learning opportunities, I was actively engaged in Executive Leadership meetings related to strategic planning and development, budgeting and overall system operations. I also had the great honor of learning from and being mentored by phenomenal healthcare executives. My professional development as a Fellow, as well as my experience of how Advocate's mission, values and philosophy are demonstrated by our Associates motivated me to accept my first position after the fellowship as Director of Patient Intake at Lutheran General Hospital."

Nichia is currently the Director of the PHO for Advocate BroMenn Healthcare.

2007 Administrative Fellows

Lubina Perez
Lubina graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in 2007 with a Master of Healthcare Administration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. Lubina worked as an Administrative Fellow at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center under President Susan Nordstrom-Lopez. She worked on a wide variety of projects at Illinois Masonic ranging from business development and planning to quality improvement initiatives. Her projects gave her the opportunity to work in a number of departments including: Human Resources, Business Development, Finance and Ambulatory Care. Upon completion of her Fellowship, Lubina accepted her current position as Practice Manager for Advocate Medical Group-South Region.

Boyede O. Sobitan
Boyede graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health in 2007 with a Master in Healthcare Administration degree. He also received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing. He worked as an Administrative Fellow at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital under then President, Bruce Campbell and in a rotation with the Executive Leadership Team at Lutheran General. Major projects that Boyede worked on included an international needs assessment, in conjunction with World Medical Relief-African Partners, which resulted in the signing of a network affiliation between Diff Hospital (Abuja, Nigeria) and Advocate Christ Medical Center, the development of a comprehensive neuroscience education plan and the pre-hospital transmission of EKG data from emergency service vehicles. After the fellowship, Boyede accepted a position as Practice Manager - Cardiology for Advocate Medical Group- North Region. Boyede currently works at Trinity Hospital as a Manager of Clinical Operations.

LaShell Thomas
LaShell received her Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. LaShell joined Advocate as the second John Lassiter Administrative Fellow for the Advocate System. During her Fellowship, she worked under the supervision of Bill Santulli, Chief Operating Officer for Advocate Health Care. Her projects included a comprehensive make vs. buy analysis for the Cardiology service line at the Advocate Health Centers (now Advocate Medical Group), working with the directors at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center to increase compliance with the Clinical Integration program, and managing several projects for the system Chief Operating Officer. Upon completion of her fellowship, LaShell secured a permanent position at the Advocate Medical Group under Vice Presidents Dianna Grant, MD and Pamala Smith, RN.

2006 Administrative Fellows

Hemal Parikh
Hemal graduated with a Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University Medical Center in June 2006. Prior to graduate school, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Communications at Boston University. While pursuing her Masters degree, she worked at Advocate Medical Group as a Business Process Redesign Analyst. At AMG she worked on identifying and analyzing new service lines, new business development projects and overall process improvement. As an Administrative Fellow, Hemal served as Interim Business Manager of Diagnostic Imaging Services at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and was responsible for business management of inpatient and outpatient allied health operations. She also prepared the 2006 Oncology Annual Report which highlighted key physicians, innovative technologies and clinical research in the hospital's service area. Hemal worked as an Administrative Fellow under then President, Bruce Campbell. Her first position post fellowship was as an Operations Improvement Consultant at Lutheran General. Hemal is currently a PHO Manager for Advocate Physician Partners.

2005 Administrative Fellows

Matt Wille
Matt Wille received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Matt worked as an Administrative Fellow at Advocate's Support Center in Oak Brook, IL and was involved in projects ranging from operational improvements to strategic planning. He worked under the mentorship of President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Skogsbergh and Chief Operating Officer, Bill Santulli. Upon completing his Fellowship, Matt secured a permanent position at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center as Manager of Ambulatory Care. In 2008, Matt accepted the position of Director of Market Integration and Customer Service for Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Trinity Hospital. He later became the Administrator of Customer and Support Services for Advocate Trinity Hospital. Matt is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Dallas County Hospital in Iowa.

2003 Administrative Fellows

Aron Klein
Aron received his Master of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration along with a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Iowa. He worked as an Administrative Fellow at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital under then Vice President of Finance, Susan Nibbe. Aron was involved in projects ranging from maintenance and strategic capital feasibility studies and financial analyses of various hospital programs and departments for business development purposes. He was also responsible monthly statistical reporting, revenue and statistical budgeting and forecasting. Upon completing his Fellowship, Aron accepted a position as Operations Analyst at Lutheran General he was then promoted to Senior Financial Analyst and again to the position of Business Manager for Surgical Services. Aron was promoted again as Director of Finance at Lutheran General. He currently serves as Vice President of Finance at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

2002 Administrative Fellows

Priti Singh
Priti Singh joined Advocate Health Care as first John Lassiter Administrative Fellow in June 2006. Priti received her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business and a Bachelor of Management of Information Systems from the University of Missouri in St. Louis in 2002. She received her Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in 2004. During her fellowship, Priti worked on several projects throughout the system. After her fellowship, Priti accepted a position with Advocate Medical Group as an Operations Manager.

2001 Administrative Fellows

J.P. Gallagher
Prior to coming to Advocate, J.P. completed his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. As an Administrative Fellow, he worked at Advocate Physician Partners - Operations Division analyzing the way APP interacted with insurers and identified ways in which the relationships could be managed more effectively. Upon completion of his Fellowship, J. P. accepted a permanent position at Advocate Christ Medical Center as Director of Ambulatory Services where he remained until 2002. He is currently President of Evanston Hospital, part of the NorthShore University HealthSystem.

1997 Administrative Fellows

Amanda Erspamer
Amanda earned a Master of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration along with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa where she also received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Science. Amanda worked as an Administrative Fellow at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital under then Vice President of Finance, Susan Nibbe. As an Administrative Fellow, she was involved in the capital planning and capital budget processes as well as community benefit reporting. Amanda was also assigned as chapter leader for the hospital's Joint Commission survey. After her Fellowship, she secured a position as Operations Analyst in the Lutheran General Finance department. Two years later she was promoted to Manager of Operations Analyses. Currently, Amanda holds the position of Director of Finance at Advocate Condell Medical Center.


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