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Developing leaders who inspire health and connect with heart

Welcome to Beacon Health System’s Administrative Fellowship Program

Why choose Beacon Health for your administrative fellowship?

Beacon’s administrative fellowship program offers projects that help each fellow truly understand how the hospital and health system function. Our program is designed to challenge you through multiple 6 month rotations that span up to two years. We work with you in devising these rotations based on work experience, career goals, and Beacon’s business needs drive rotation selection.

  • four, six-month rotations will expose you to different business units and refine your management and leadership skills
  • experiential learning and mentoring
  • hands-on projects at both systemwide and business unit levels
  • regular involvement in key leadership and board meetings

“Being a Beacon Administrative Fellow exposes you to things such as strategy sessions, board meetings and other things that usually only senior leadership participates in. Thus, Fellows are well suited for faster and greater advancement.”

~Cindie McPhie – Vice President of Operations, Elkhart General Hospital

About Beacon Health System & the community we call home

Beacon is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system. With 8 hospitals and 74 outpatient clinics, we are the regional leader in comprehensive, integrated services — from childbirth and pediatrics to cancer, trauma, heart and vascular, stroke, orthopedics and sports medicine, surgery, mental health and so much more.

Our mission is to deliver outstanding care, inspire health, and connect with heart. Here at Beacon, we lead with our hearts — providing the best care and the best experience to each and every person. That is our calling. That is why we love what we do. Learn more about Beacon

Beacon has locations throughout the region known as Michiana – an area that includes the towns of South Bend, Elkhart and extends into southern Michigan. Our community in the Great Lakes Region includes sports, arts and cultural heritage attractions and events, vibrant downtown communities and extensive outdoor recreation and shopping venues.

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About Beacon Health System’s Administrative Fellowship Program

Our administrative fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to learn operations across Beacon Health System through rotation-based projects and leadership development. The program is designed to help you gain experience from various management styles, department structures, data systems, and operational designs.

Our rotations aim to provide a well-rounded fellowship experience and include:

  • Beacon Medical Group
  • Elkhart General Hospital or Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • A corporate department, and
  • A department of the fellow’s choice

During your rotations you will have opportunities to lead projects at the department, entity, or system level based on needs at the time. You will also serve as support to engage in specific project work. Your preceptor for Beacon Medical Group, Elkhart General Hospital or Memorial Hospital of South Bend will be the Vice President of Operations of that entity. In corporate departments, the preceptor will vary. For example, the Controller is the preceptor in Finance and the Chief Strategy Officer in Strategy.

Mentorship and Development

Each fellow is assigned a mentor to offer advice and provide support throughout the fellowship. Outside of the formal mentorship, you will have ready access to the leadership team and the opportunity to attend executive, leadership and board meetings.

During your time with Beacon Health, we want to help you develop into a future executive leader ready to contribute to the advancement of healthcare.

Current and Previous Rotations

  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • Elkhart General Hospital
  • Beacon Medical Group
  • Strategy, Supply Chain, and Retail
  • Finance – Revenue Cycle

System Exposure

  • Executive Leadership Meetings
  • COVID Planning Task Force
  • Business Performance Task Force
  • Incident Command
  • Hospital, Medical Group, and System Board Meetings: Audit Committee, Finance Committee, and Investment Committee
  • Clinical Excellence Council Meetings
  • Master Facility Planning Steering Committee
  • Joint Commission Surveys
  • Leadership Retreats
  • Hospital Leadership Committee
  • Performance Improvement Initiatives
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Previous Fellow Projects

  • Memorial Hospital Capital Improvement Plan
  • Physician Needs Analysis
  • Clinical site evaluation
  • Respiratory room implementation at primary care clinics
  • Revenue cycle system implementation
  • Business plan development
  • System Wide Newborn Scheduling Standardization
  • Ambulatory Service Line Implementation

Our Current Administrative Fellows

Ben Kern
2nd Year Fellow
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Human Biology and Master’s in Healthcare Management and from Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Mentor: Dr. Dale Patterson, V.P. Medical Affairs – Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • Previous Rotations: Beacon Medical Group, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Corporate Strategy and Digital Design
  • Current Rotation: BMG and Three Rivers Medical Group Integration

Ben Kern is originally from Fort Wayne, IN. Ben’s previous rotation with the Corporate Strategy and Digital Design Teams provided management support for smart growth expansion, data analysis for managed care efforts, and development of a system wide navigation/wayfinding strategy.

Ben’s professional interests include clinical operations, corporate strategy, and community health. In his free time, Ben enjoys working out, driving/working on his Jeep, watching sports, and spending time with family.

Noah Schrader
2nd Year Fellow
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and Policy and Master’s in Healthcare Management from Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Mentor: Steve Eller, Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Previous Rotations: Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Supply Chain and Retail/Strategy, Beacon Medical Group
  • Current Rotation: Finance – Revenue Cycle

Noah Schrader is originally from Indianapolis, IN. Noah’s previous rotation with the Beacon Medical Group providing administrative support for the Vice President of Operations. His projects have focused on process standardization and alignment between Memorial Hospital, Elkhart General Hospital, and our ambulatory clinics throughout the region.

Noah’s professional interests include healthcare policy, operations and strategy. His goal is to use his passion to help people and influence how patient care is delivered through policy and operational efficiency. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants around town, and keeping his mind and body healthy by spending time outdoors.

Staisy Cardenas
1st Year Fellow
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from DePauw University and Master’s in Healthcare Management degree from Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Mentor: Jennifer Pierce, Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services
  • Previous Rotation: Elkhart General Hospital
  • Current Rotation: Human Resources

Staisy Cardenas is originally from Michoacán, Mexico but grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. Staisy’s first rotation was at Elkhart General Hospital, where she reported directly to the VP of Operations. Projects she participated on included the optimization of how Beacon Health System uses Teletracking and efforts towards improving processes for patient safety and the neurosurgery service line.

Staisy is involved with multiple DE&I efforts in the system and has a special interest in health equity, healthcare access, and community outreach. Outside of work, Staisy enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as continuing to explore the South Bend/Mishawaka and Elkhart areas.

Huda Syed
1st Year Fellow
  • Education: Bachelor’s in Biology from Trinity University and Master’s in Healthcare Administration/Business Administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • Mentor: Susan King, President, Beacon Health Foundation
  • Previous Rotations: Finance – Revenue Cycle
  • Current Rotation: Memorial Hospital of South Bend

Huda Syed was born and raised in Houston, TX. Huda’s first rotation was in the Finance department, where she reported to the Controller and Executive Director of Revenue Cycle to provide administrative support on Cerner – Clinically Driven Revenue Cycle initiatives. Projects she participated on included Anthem timely filing submission, credit balance analysis, health plan updates, and Cerner assessments.

Huda’s professional interests include clinical operations, healthcare equity, and diversity and inclusion efforts. Outside of work, Huda enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants in the area, reading and traveling.

How to Apply

The Administrative Fellowship is part of Beacon Health System’s Management Development Program (MDP), a rotational leadership program that builds a foundation for professionals who aspire to be healthcare leaders. Beacon Health System generally accepts two (2) fellows each year. Applications are accepted starting in the Fall with rotations starting in the Summer of the following year.


  • Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration, Healthcare Administration, Business Administration or a related field is required. Knowledge of hospital operations that was obtained through an internship or previous administrative experience is preferred.
  • Fellows receive a competitive salary and full benefits, including paid time off and medical/dental/vision.
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