Geisinger Administrative Fellowship
“With so much change occurring across healthcare, Geisinger’s Administrative Fellowship Program is an excellent opportunity to ensure that not only Geisinger, but other health systems, have highly competent and compassionate leaders who are well prepared for the diverse challenges healthcare administrators face. Because learning is one of our five values, this program exemplifies our commitment to education and serves as a valuable training ground for tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.”
- Jaewon Ryu, MD
President and CEO, Geisinger
Former fellows explain why Geisinger's Administrative Fellowship was the perfect fit for them:
- Fellows engage to solve real-world problems: "The Geisinger fellowship encourages you to chart your own course. I think I’ve been successful because open-minded preceptors allowed me to work on a diverse portfolio of projects."
- Fellows form deep, lasting bonds with mentors: “The important thing about the fellowship is that it not only led to my first job, but to the next one and the next one. All the learning and experience, plus those foundational relationships, really set my career trajectory.”
- Fellows benefit from a robust peer network: “From the exposure to leadership to the fact that I could see our strategy being executed every day, my fellowship was excellent. I also found an instant social and professional network with current and former fellows.”
- Fellows get a longitudinal experience in an integrated health system: “Geisinger fellows are at the intersection of a hospital system, community health and Geisinger’s health plan. My experiences spanned these areas and included helping to lead innovative initiatives like Geisinger at Home... My fellowship gave me real world experience with real world impact. There’s just no substitute for being on the hot seat.”
After college, Dan Landesberg started his professional career in sales and ran a small business in California for two years. As much as he enjoyed the benefits of entrepreneurship, he knew true career fulfillment would have to come from another sort of venture. His wife, Jana Kass, is a registered nurse and as the couple discussed his future, Landesberg realized he, too, wanted a career in healthcare.
“I had some business skills I could build on, but I wanted to use them to make a difference in the world. I did my research, shadowed a number of healthcare professionals, and when I started exploring healthcare administration, I knew I’d found my calling,” he said. His first foray into healthcare was in a frontline role, similar to Geisinger’s patient access representative position, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He worked at MSKCC while attending City University of New York-Baruch College in their Executive Healthcare MBA program. “I had a wonderful experience working at MSKCC. In my second year, I found out about administrative fellowships. I’d never heard of them before,” he said, noting that his program was more geared toward mid-careerists.
After learning more about how an administrative fellowship could advance his career, Landesberg began to do more research — this time into where he could get the best experience. He and his wife had decided they would be willing to relocate, given the right opportunity. He interviewed all over the country but, he says, “When I interviewed at Geisinger, it just felt different. The people were incredibly bright, yet relatable and community-oriented. The culture was singularly focused on innovation and challenging the status quo.”
Landesberg said he wouldn’t change a thing about his fellowship. “From the exposure to leadership decision-making to seeing our strategy being executed every day, my fellowship was a transformative experience. I developed a close relationship with my preceptor, Ron Beer, and enjoyed numerous informal mentoring relationships that continue today. As a fellow, I was offered the opportunity to work on post-merger integration, gained operations management experience and helped return inpatient services to Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. I also found an instant social and professional network with current and former fellows.”
Today, Landesberg is interim vice president of facilities planning and construction. He also served as first-year preceptor for the Geisinger Northeast Administrative Fellowship and continues to mentor current and former fellows. “I knew I wanted to be a hospital administrator, so I used my fellowship to discover how every department worked. I shadowed almost every department in the hospital, from nursing to transport to IT. The fellowship allowed that flexibility. I’m so fortunate to have had this opportunity.”
An Ithaca College roommate piqued Rachel Manotti’s interest in a career in health policy and management. An inspirational mentor at Geisinger reinforced her decision to pursue it.
“After Ithaca, I went to Cornell for a master’s in health administration. I knew I wanted to do an administrative fellowship and I knew I wanted to do it at Geisinger. I grew up in central Pennsylvania, so I knew all about Geisinger. It was always reassuring to know that topnotch healthcare was available so close to home for my family and friends, and I wanted to be a part of sustaining that service to the community,” she said.
Manotti’s mentor at Geisinger was the now-retired Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Miller. “I built a great relationship with Lynn and a number of other leaders during my fellowship. They always provided the latitude for me to experience more, to go deeper,” she said. In addition to the supportive environment, Manotti said the work itself was challenging and fascinating. “Healthcare is like a puzzle,” she said. “And I am a problem-solver, so I love figuring out how all the pieces go together most effectively.”
Today, as associate chief strategy officer, Manotti leads a 20-person team that serves as Geisinger’s “strategy and growth champions.” “I have the opportunity to influence our strategy and direction and that’s exciting,” she said. “My team identifies growth opportunities, provides strategic insight and market intelligence, identifies trends and works across the organization to develop and deploy our strategic plan and strategic growth initiatives. It’s rewarding and fulfilling work.”
Looking back, Manotti said, “The important thing about the fellowship is that it not only led to my first job, but to the next one and the next one. All the learning and experience, plus those foundational relationships, really set my career trajectory.”