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Projects

As an administrative fellow at University of Missouri Health Care, you can get involved in several exciting projects that will help you develop skills and prepare for your career in hospital administration. Here are some of the past projects that our administrative fellowship program participants have completed. 

Quality Projects

Our administrative fellows have:

  • Collaborated with a multidisciplinary health care team to improve the inpatient care provided to patients diagnosed with diabetes
  • Managed a pilot community paramedicine program, which used paramedics to provide medical support for targeted patient populations
  • Developed a Patient Blood Management program, a comprehensive initiative promoting the responsible use of blood products
  • Organized a series of readmission reduction initiatives in the Department of Family Medicine
  • Worked with an interdisciplinary team to analyze readmission data and implement specific interventions on each service line to reduce readmissions by 20 percent system-wide
  • Prepared the Bariatric Center for a renewal audit for Center of Excellence designation through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
  • Developed an inpatient video monitoring system to maintain patient safety while improving organizational staffing efficiency 
  • Adapted best practices for oncology through MU Health’s collaboration with the MD Anderson Cancer Center

Finance & Business Development Projects

Our administrative fellows have:

  • Developed business plans and pro forma financial statements in the areas of ambulance operations, pharmacy and nursing recruitment
  • Assisted in the organization of MU Health’s Quarterly Operating Reviews, a series of meetings that examine each service line’s financial and operational viability
  • Created a project plan for the acquisition of a primary care physician practice
  • Coordinated efforts to plan for and address the new CJR and EPM bundled payment initiatives 
  • Completed service line specific SWOT analyses to aid in strategic planning efforts for the health system
  • Developed and presented a report on Destination Medical Communities to the Mayor’s Task Force on Medical Tourism

Human Resources Projects

Our administrative fellows have:

  • Assisted in the development of an innovative employee performance evaluation process, which removed an employee ranking system in an effort to develop greater employee engagement and growth
  • Established a recruiting collaborative of nursing schools and hospitals in central Missouri in order to increase nursing school enrollment
  • Developed an employee training program designed to further the development of front line employees in areas of organizational need

Operations Projects

Our administrative fellows have:

  • Analyzed the pharmacy chemotherapy ordering and compounding process to identify deficiencies and implement best practice measures 
  • Participated in MU Health’s project-based Performance Improvement Leadership Development Program, a training initiative for emerging talent. Projects included transitions to post-acute care, clinic scheduling, and readmission reduction of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Evaluated options to improve University Hospital's medication distribution process
  • Created an annual internal survey of supporting service departments’ performance
  • Developed, tested and validated a process assuring timely communicating of changes in attendings and residents to facilitate timely and accurate information handoffs essential for high quality and efficient patient care. Implemented the standardized process across different clinical services.
  • Lead initiative to implement a series of interventions specific to the discharge process – 24-hour discharge notification, a discharge checklist and medication reconciliation functionality – to improve the discharge process for patients and clinicians
  • Initiated the implementation of enhanced recovery protocols for surgical patients through coordination of a multidisciplinary team

Interim Assignment Projects

Our administrative fellows have:

  • Conducted interim assignments as practice managers for Psychiatry Clinics, Cardiology Clinic, Medicine Specialty Clinic, Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic, Digestive Health Clinic and Endoscopy Labs
  • Responsibilities included managing the patient experience, developing the annual budget, ensuring adequate staffing, handling employee relations and leading business development projects