ARAMARK Develops Next Generation of Hospital Leaders Through Healthcare Administration Fellowship Program

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- To help develop the next generation of hospital executives, ARAMARK Healthcare, in conjunction with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, has selected three future hospital leaders as its 2011-2012 Healthcare Administrative Fellowship for Clinical Support Services class. In its third year, the fellowship program was designed by ARAMARK Healthcare to promote professional development and diversity within hospital administration roles.

“The goal of our fellowship program is to support the growth of tomorrow’s healthcare leaders and to offer our partner hospitals an opportunity to work with some of today’s brightest talent,” said ARAMARK Healthcare President and COO, John Babiarz. “The knowledge we gain from this program strengthens our ability to deliver food, facility and clinical technology services that are closely aligned with the missions and goals of the hospitals we serve.”

The fellows will report this month to executive leadership at ARAMARK Healthcare partner hospitals. The 2011-2012 class includes:

  • Christina Holch, Master of Health Administration, Texas A&M Health Science Center. Ms. Holch, of League City, Texas, will be placed at Capital Health in Trenton, N.J., where she will support the opening of Capital’s new hospital in Hopewell, N.J. She previously served as an intern at Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Texas.
  • Edna Villareal, Master of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center. Ms. Villareal, of La Blanca, Texas, will be placed at Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, Pa., and will support the hospital’s “Project 2012 Goals,” including opening a new patient tower. She previously worked at McAllen Medical Hospital in Texas and completed an internship at South Texas Health System.
  • Deborah Winick, Master of Health Science – Health Administration, University of Toronto. Winick, of Toronto, will be placed at Vancouver Costal Health in British Columbia, and will focus on helping the health system integrate services to ensure maximum value. She previously served as an Administrative Resident at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an analyst at the Ontario Renal Network, also in Toronto.

The fellows were selected from a pool of more than 140 applicants around the world based on academic excellence, leadership qualities and commitment to community service. ARAMARK Healthcare is introducing an international component to the program this year, adding a location in Canada and formulating an academic research agenda focused on international applications of food and nutrition, and facility and clinical technology services. The fellowship class will study the effect of these services on quality and clinical outcomes; patient, nurse and employee satisfaction; market share and financial performance.

During the year, the fellows will gain hands-on experience as healthcare administrators, mentored by executives at their host hospitals. The program also involves educational opportunities geared to diversity management, including access to the resources of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an American Hospital Association affiliate.

“Our underlying goal in supporting this fellowship is to promote diversity at the executive level in health care leadership,” said Fred Hobby, President and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. “This program is a testament to ARAMARK Healthcare’s values as they pertain to education, equal opportunity and leadership development.”

Created by ARAMARK Healthcare in 2008, the Healthcare Administrative Fellowship for Clinical Support Services is a year-long, post-graduate, administrative fellowship that focuses on the vital connection between the delivery of care and the environment where it is delivered. In collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management and ARAMARK Healthcare partner hospitals, the administrative fellowship offers experience in hospital administration and in-depth exposure to ARAMARK Healthcare’s national perspective on clinical support services.

About the Institute for Diversity in Health Management

The National Association of Health Services Executives, ACHE and AHA united to create the Institute for Diversity in Health Management in 1994. The institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works closely with health services organizations and educators to expand leadership opportunities for ethnic minorities in health services management. The institute's mission is to increase the number of people of color in health services administration to better reflect the increasingly diverse communities they serve and to improve opportunities for professionals already in the health care field. To accomplish this, the institute has designed several initiatives to generate significant long-term results through educational programs, summer internships, professional development and leadership conferences. For more information, visit

About ARAMARK Healthcare

ARAMARK Healthcare is a leader in providing best-in-class clinical support services that are essential to healthcare delivery. Understanding that clinical excellence and the environment are interdependent, ARAMARK Healthcare directly impacts the entire healthcare continuum – patient, employee, nurse and physician satisfaction, operational efficiency and service excellence. Through its facilities, food and clinical technology services, ARAMARK Healthcare helps more than 1,000 hospitals and senior living facilities deliver the optimal experience for patients and residents, their families, and the physicians, nurses and staff who care for them. For more information, visit


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