CID Fellow Testimonials

Luke Straus (2017-2019)
Saint Louis University, Master of Health Administration
Throughout my graduate education I was seeking an opportunity to apply my knowledge under the support and guidance of an influential executive team. As the fellow, the CID leadership team has not hesitated to get me engaged and involved in projects that are providing meaningful leadership experiences. In addition to the team, I was especially attracted to the divisional model of HSHS that provides the fellow a hospital system experience in addition to operational experiences at our four individual hospitals within the CID. 
Samuel Brown (2016-2018)
Saint Louis University, Master of Health Administration
As a recent masters graduate, I was looking for a career opportunity in the competitive health care environment that would enable me to strengthen my leadership and professional skills. The Central Illinois Division Administrative Fellowship provides me with these opportunities to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. The team understands the importance of a meaningful experience and therefore, invests time and resources into the development of each fellow.
Erica Bruns (2015-2017)
University of Missouri Master of Health Administration
The administrative fellowship at the Central Illinois Division (CID) of HSHS is an experience unlike any other. From day one, the CID team has welcomed me with open arms. This team is motivated to provide opportunities that are valuable for each fellow. Each fellow's experience is customized to their interests, strengths, and even weaknesses. During my time, I have been exposed to operational, financial, and strategic plans at the system, division, and local ministry level. This type of unique exposure is not only continuing my education but also helping me develop into a strong leader.

Erica is currently the Director of Operations at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Illinois.


Sara Bozorg (2014-2016)
Xavier University, Master of Health Services Administration

My fellowship with the Central Illinois Division provided me with an unparalleled mentoring opportunity. As a Fellow, I had tremendous exposure to senior level meetings at all levels of the organization. It is the ultimate backstage pass for learning operational, strategic and financial lessons that cannot be taught in any classroom. I am so grateful for the opportunity to build relationships and learn alongside so many talented leaders who were committed to making my time as a Fellow meaningful.

Sara now serves as the Vice President of Patient Experience for HCA's Gulf Coast Division in Houston, Texas.


Tyler Haynes (2013-2015)
Saint Louis University, Master of Health Administration  
The Central Illinois Division (CID) fellowship offers many unique opportunities. The two-year program allowed sufficient time to build relationships, grow professional skills and be involved with important operational projects. The CID executive team also is committed to helping its Fellows build leadership skills. This includes involvement in senior management meetings, as well as continuing education such as becoming Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified. Lastly, the fellowship gave me the opportunity to learn from great leaders in many different areas of health care, including strategy, operations, physician practice and finance. This experience did an excellent job of preparing me to move into my role as Director of Operations in our Western Wisconsin Division.






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