The first two participants in the Catholic Health Initiatives Executive Diversity Fellowship Program have completed their 18-month fellowships and have accepted executive team positions within the system.
Derrick Jones, previously assistant administrator of support services at Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn., is now vice president of external clinical services at Saint Joseph HealthCare, Lexington, Ky. Richelle Webb, previously director of medical education at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla., is now director of advocacy and community health for Catholic Health Initiatives.
The President's Council of Catholic Health Initiatives initiated the Executive Diversity Fellowship Program in 2002. The program is designed to:
"Richelle and Derrick's success has inspired Catholic Health Initiatives to offer one or two executive fellowship openings in 2005," said Dave Black, vice president of leadership and culture development. "We're asking leaders throughout Catholic Health Initiatives to recommend mid-level leaders who have the potential to succeed in a greater role as a result of this intense fellowship experience. This will help us meet our objectives of increasing our leadership talent depth, especially among racial and ethnic minorities and women."
To recommend a candidate from inside or outside of Catholic Health Initiatives, contact Dave Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Address the national shortage of qualified health care leaders.
- Attract high-performing, values-based leaders who have lacked the opportunity to develop from "mid-career" leadership roles to executive team roles.
- Ensure that future leadership teams reflect the increasingly diverse populations served and employed by Catholic Health Initiatives.