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Adventist Health System Launches Fellowship Program to Train, Develop Leaders in Hospital Medicine

The AHS Leadership Fellowship for Hospital Medicine will prepare hospital medicine leaders for expanding roles in leading patient care.

3/30/2017  |  By Mario Roberts

As the health care industry's landscape continues to evolve, hospitalists are playing an increasing role in the delivery of inpatient care and the management of post-acute care. As part of its overall Hospital Medicine Initiative and commitment to supporting clinical leaders, Adventist Health System (AHS) has launched a new, unique program to help train, develop and cultivate leaders in hospital medicine.

The AHS Leadership Fellowship for Hospital Medicine is a year-long program designed to provide leadership training for hospital medicine clinicians and administrators that enables them to lead patient care efforts at their respective facilities. The theme of the program is "Excellence with Uncommon Compassion – Transformation Through Leadership." The program offers two areas of focus, leadership training and hospital medicine management, respectively, as part of a customized curriculum created to incorporate creativity, passion and innovation.

"Hospitalists provide care to approximately seventy percent of our patients at Adventist Health System, and their work has a large impact on patient outcomes," said Brent Box, MD, senior medical director and chief of hospital medicine for Adventist Health System. "This program is reflective of the organization's commitment to fostering the growth of hospital medicine leaders, as these front-line care providers are essential to delivering high quality, safe care to patients in the fulfillment of our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ."

The program was kicked off with a three-day leadership conference earlier this year in Orlando, Florida, attended by a cohort of 24 clinicians and administrators from 18 Adventist Health System hospitals who came together for networking and informational sessions that focused, in part, on leadership styles, strategic thinking and engaging others. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with AHS leaders, and hear from numerous guest speakers in attendance.

"I am excited to participate in the leadership fellowship program," said Ravi Akella, MD, a hospitalist who has served in the Florida Hospital system for 17 years. "This program is truly a great way for us to gain valuable knowledge, skills and insights to help facilitate our growth and development as leaders in hospital medicine, and I am thankful for the chance to take part in it."

The program is a partnership between Adventist Health System, CTI, home of the Physician Leadership Institute, and Nelson Flores Hospital Medicine Consultants.

The 2017 Hospital Medicine Leadership Fellows will meet again in April, July and October. They will also participate in facility hospital medicine improvement projects, and receive mentoring from personal leadership coaches through the remainder of the year-long program. Nominations for the 2018 AHS Leadership Fellowship for Hospital Medicine will begin in third quarter 2017.