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2022-2023 Northern California Administrative Fellows

2021-2022 fellows Lauren Hennefarth, Karen Hsu, and Malik Williams

2021-2022 Northern California Administrative Fellows

The Northern California Administrative Fellowship is a 12-18 month program focused on health care operations, with two 6-month rotations at different medical centers.

The Northern California Administrative Fellowship is a 12-18 month program focused on health care operations, with two 6-month rotations at different medical centers. There is an option for an additional six-month corporate rotation in the regional offices at the end of the 12-month period. Northern California typically accepts three to five fellows per year. Fellows rotate through the following entities:

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (KFH)
  • The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG)
  • Optional: Northern California Regional Offices in Oakland, CA

Rotation preceptors are the Senior Vice President & Area Manager (KFH) and the Medical Group Administrator (TPMG), which allows fellows to be exposed to the highest level of leadership in the organization. The fellowship is supported by regional directors that support the fellows throughout the entire program.

There are 21 Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California.  Fellows may rotate across any of the following geographic regions:

  • Central Valley
  • Diablo
  • East Bay
  • Fresno
  • Golden Gate
  • Greater Sacramento
  • Greater Southern Alameda County
  • Peninsula and South Bay
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Rosa

The Northern California Administrative Fellowship Program allows for learning opportunities through its rotation structure at both the professional and personal levels. Most fellows will experience a balance of project and operational work, with an emphasis on health care operations.

Examples of 2018-2019 fellow projects:

  • Partnered with front-line staff and physicians to improve throughput for low-acuity patients in the Emergency Department
  • Worked with Cardiovascular Services to prepare the opening of a new Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program
  • Served as the interim manager for the attended sleep lab
  • Facilitated a Rapid Improvement Event to improve the standardization of perioperative care
  • Developed and executed the Care Experience strategy for a service area
  • Served as the project manager for the opening of a new operating room

Former fellows can be found in positions throughout the entire organization, at the medical center, regional office, and national office.

Examples of positions fellows have transitioned into post-fellowship are:

  • Department Manager
  • Department Director
  • Senior Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Executive Consultant

Current Northern California Fellows

Gabe Garcia, MHA

Gabe Garcia

2022-2023 NCAL Fellow
University of Southern California
Master of Health Administration

Keshni Kokilakumar, MPH, MHA

Keshni Kokilakumar

2022-2023 NCAL Fellow
University of Georgia
Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health

Lauren Snell, MHA

Lauren Snell

2022-2023 NCAL Fellow
University of Southern California
Master of Health Administration

Malik Williams, MPH

Malik Williams

2021-2022 NCAL Fellow
University of Minnesota
Master of Public Health

Michelle Ubah, MPH

Michelle Ubah

2022-2023 NCAL Fellow
University of Michigan
Master of Public Health

Northern California Administrative Fellowship

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