MHA Summer Residency Placements

What is a summer residency?

The 10-12-week intensive summer residency placement allows students to apply the knowledge they have accumulated in the classroom to real-world challenges that organizations face. Students pursue opportunities across the health sector, including placements within integrated health systems, academic medical centers, insurers, and a variety of other types of healthcare organizations. 

Class of 2021

Integrated Health Systems

Intermountain Healthcare, Logan, UT
Matt Bladen
Preceptor: CEO/Administrator
Project: Patient Experience Initiative

Mercyhealth, Janesville, MN
Tanner Hegge
Preceptor: Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health
Project: Improving Diabetes Care Management Strategy with the Quality and Care Management Department

NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL
Grisel Isidor
Preceptor: President, Evanston Hospital
Project: Introducing Efficiencies into the COVID-19 Support Team

Primary Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
Tryg Jensen
Preceptor: Strategic Planning Partner
Project: Strategic Development for Genetic Therapies for Rare Diseases

Sutter Health, Palo Alto, CA
Nate Jarrett
Preceptor: President & CEO, Sutter Bay Medical Foundation
Project: Optimizing Hello Patient Utilization (contactless check-in app)

Sutter Health, Berkeley, CA
Alina Okamoto
Preceptor: Chief Executive Officer
Project: Meds in Hand, Pharmacy Department

Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Alisa Fadden
Preceptor: Chief of Staff
Project: Telehealth Accessibility and Expansion in Primary Care

Academic Medicine

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH (3)
Ben Grothe
Preceptor: Assistant Administrator
Project: Data Dashboard Development in the Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute

Ann Weston Sistrunk
Preceptor: Executive Director, Digital Center of Excellence
Project: Virtual Visit Pilot Rollout, Information Technology Division

Anju Viddam
Preceptor: Program Manager, Enterprise Endoscopy & Institute Administrator for the Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute
Project: White Space Endoscopy Management

M Health Fairview, Minneapolis, MN (4)
Meg Graupman
Preceptor: Director of Business Development
Project: Strategic Growth Analysis, Cardiovascular Surgery

Laurel Pearson
Preceptor: VP of Performance Improvement

Lauren Vlaanderen
Preceptor: Vice President, System Clinical Operations
Project: Critical Care Command Center (C4), System Operations Center

Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
Katie Larin
Preceptor: Senior Business Consultant
Project: Business Plan Development for New Radiology Center

UChicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Rahat Verma
Preceptor: Chief Pharmacy Officer
Project: Outpatient Retail Pharmacy Strategic Growth Plan 

Insurance and Consulting

Allina Health | Aetna, Minneapolis, MN
Kevin Ball
Preceptor: Chief Marketing Officer
Project: Strategic Direction of Digital Point Solutions

Bind Benefits, Minneapolis, MN
Michelle Johnson
Preceptor: Network Solutions Lead (VP)
Project: Networking Solutions, Provider Experience

Stella – Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, St. Paul, MN
Elizabeth Garfinkel
Preceptor: President

Project: Business Case Development for Stella CareUnitedHealthcare, Minnetonka, MN
Brandon Larsen
Preceptor: Director of Proposal Services
Project: Medicaid Request For Proposal (RFP) Competitive Analysis

Deloitte Consulting, Minneapolis, MN
Michelle Nicholson
Preceptor: Senior Consultant
Project: Retail Banking in a Post-COVID-19 World

Other Healthcare Organizations

(Specialty Providers, Community Health Centers, Analytics, and Pharmacy Benefits Management)

Genevive, Minneapolis, MN
Samirah Mulla
Preceptor: Chief Executive Officer
Project: Streamlining Operational Pathways to Home Care and Hospice

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN
Pueblo Community Health Center, Pueblo, CO
Preceptor: Chief Executive Officer
Project: Integrating Virtual Care into a Patient-Centered Medical Home

STRIDE Community Health Center, Englewood, CO
Avery Clifford
Preceptor: VP of Strategy & Growth
Project: Strategic Development and Implementation of a Novel Workflow and Document Management
System within the Transition to Epic Community Connect

American Red Cross, St. Paul, MN
Libby Peil
Preceptor: VP of Strategy & Business Development
Project: Market Analysis of Buffy Coats; Emerging Offerings

Datica, Minneapolis, MN
Kelsey Mihm
Preceptor: Senior Vice President, Revenue & Operations
Project: New Product Development for Cloud Compliance

Prime Therapeutics, Eagan, MN
Justin Bayles
Preceptor: Chief Operating Officer
Project: Project Development Governance & Structure 

Previous Residency Sites

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health, Minneapolis, MN
  • CentraCare, St. Cloud, MN
  • UC Health, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO
  • Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania (CFFT) and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), Moshi, Tanzania
  • Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, International
  • Massachusetts General
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics, Minneapolis, MN
  • Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
  • University of Colorado Hospital, Denver
  • University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City
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