December 2001

Executive Fellowship Program Develops New Generation of Leaders


Program targets women and minority candidates

To help develop a new generation of diverse operational leaders for market-based organizations, Catholic Health Initiatives has created the Executive Diversity Fellowship Program.

"The current national shortage of qualified health care leaders is expected to grow even more serious, so we must take steps now to identify outstanding candidates for leadership positions and essentially grow our own," said David Black, vice president of leadership and culture development for Catholic Health Initiatives.

The fellowship program is designed to target diverse groups, including women, racial minorities and ethnic minorities, who are often unaware of career opportunities in the Catholic health care ministry. "These populations are excellent sources of high-performing, values-oriented leaders who want opportunities to learn, grow and contribute in a meaningful way," said Black. "By targeting diverse candidates, we can also ensure that the future
leadership of Catholic Health Initiatives will reflect the increasingly diverse
populations we serve and employ."

Catholic Health Initiatives is now accepting applications for one-year
fellowships to start in the fall of 2002. Each fellow will be placed in a market-based organization that provides a good fit with the fellow’s goals. By following development plans that are customized to fit their career paths, each fellow will work closely with a market-based preceptor and a senior vice president of operations, who will serve as a mentor. The fellows will gain practical education and experience that will advance their careers as health care executives. "Through this learning opportunity, the fellows will be on the fast track to be placed in market-based executive team positions such as chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer or chief nursing officer," said Black.

In addition, the fellows will complete action learning projects that will contribute to a market-based organization’s clinical quality, organizational performance, strategic growth and/or people development efforts. "We want to be sure that the fellowships are not a passive learning experience, but an opportunity to actively participate in decision making that will contribute to a market-based organization’s success," said Black.

Catholic Health Initiatives is encouraging internal and external candidates to apply for fellowships. All applications will be reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee. The committee hopes to select two outstanding candidates for placement by June 2002.

"We believe this program will enhance our ability to recruit high quality leaders; reduce the time required to orient new market-based executives to their roles and our culture; and increase the overall bench strength of our leadership team," said Black. "We also believe that the Catholic Health Initiatives workplace and customer service experience will be enriched through greater diversity within our leadership."

For more information on the Executive Diversity Fellowship Program, contact Dave Black at 303/383-2620 or davidblack@chi-national.org by January 31, 2002.

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