Administrative Fellowship Testimonials

“The Froedtert Administrative Fellowship is very well engrained in the culture of the organization. The teaching and learning focus is also very evident; it enhanced my interest in working in an academic medical center and provided an invaluable launching point for my career. The leadership team at all levels look forward to working with the Fellow as much as the Fellow does with them. Having multiple preceptors gave me the opportunity to observe, participate in, and lead several large initiatives including a Lean operations project at the Eye Institute, consolidate community clinics to reduce duplication and expense, and help plan for the opening of a new outpatient facility in Menomonee Falls. The year went by fast! But it was a year of open access to every meeting and every leader, and it prepared me well to step into a management role post fellowship.”

— Eric Jukkala
Master of Healthcare Administration, University of Iowa, 2010
Froedtert Administrative Fellow: 2010-2011
Current Role: Division Administrator, Pediatric Neurosciences, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin


“The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Administrative Fellowship gave me the unique opportunity to experience the challenges and innovations in healthcare from both a community and academic medical center focus. During my fellowship, Froedtert was aligning as a system, and our community and academic physicians and administrators needed to come together to address their unique perspectives on delivering healthcare services to their communities, their priorities moving forward and how to preserve the strengths and individualities of each organization while delivering high quality, standardized care to our patients. It was an invaluable process to watch as high level leaders and providers put their pride and personal agendas aside to do the right thing for our patients and support the mission, vision and values of the organization. I am grateful for the time each of those leaders also spent mentoring me throughout the process and seeking my prospective and opinion on next steps. I have been fortunate to continue my career with Froedtert, and the insight I gained from exposure to alignment and year as a fellow has guided me and made me a much more effective leader in my current role.”

— Kara Schutts
Master of Healthcare Administration, University of Iowa, 2009
Froedtert Administrative Fellow: 2009-2010
Current Role: Manager, Froedtert Cancer Center Revenue Cycle


“As a Fellow I had to the opportunity to lead, manage and support priority projects in multiple settings across the organization from an academic medical center, to community hospital, to outpatient medical group. One of the most fulfilling projects I undertook was working with the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership in improving health care for the underserved populations in Milwaukee. Being a part of a workable solution to address the needs of Milwaukee residents has been rewarding. This exposure has motivated me to continue my work towards bringing health care providers, government agencies, and community organizations together to improve access to health care and meet the needs of the community.”

— Laila Azam
Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008
Froedtert Administrative Fellow: 2009
Current role: Doctoral Student in the Public & Community Health Program, Medical College of Wisconsin


“The Fellow is engaged in strategic planning and plays an active role in implementing programs and projects. Taking on lead project roles and interacting with physicians, staff, and leaders from across the organization sets the Fellow up to learn tactics to most effectively take on the challenges healthcare leaders face. Through exposure to a diverse array of leaders and leadership styles, the Fellow gets an incredible experience in influencing change, learning communication techniques, and understanding the value contributions made by all disciplines in support of being a top performing academic & community health system. Through these experiences as the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Administrative Fellow, I feel prepared to advance confidently in my career as a leader in healthcare.”

— Zach Timm
Master of Health and Human Services Administration, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, 2009
Froedtert Administrative Fellow: 2008-2009
Current Role: Director, Heart and Vascular Service Line Program Implementation, Froedtert Hospital


“Froedtert’s Administrative Fellows Program was the catalyst to my career in healthcare. Having the opportunity to learn from seasoned healthcare executives was priceless. I learned more than I thought I ever would. The Froedtert leaders took a personal interest in my success and I am ever so grateful for the lifelong lessons I learned.”

— Marlaina Jackson
Master of Public Services – Healthcare Administration, Marquette University, 2005
Froedtert Administrative Fellow: 2005-2006
Current Role: Director, Patient Relations, Froedtert Hospital