The 21st class of the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)—GNYHA’s pipeline development program for promoting racial and ethnic diversity in hospital and health system leadership—graduated on August 9. SEP interns, who are graduate and undergraduate students studying health care administration, worked in member hospitals and health systems on substantive hospital operations projects. Projects for 2019 included an interdisciplinary approach to reducing patient transportation delays, addressing ambulatory surgery denials and underpayment, supply chain management, falls prevention, improving the LGBTQ patient care experience, process improvement for patient check-in, and other process improvement and quality and patient safety-related initiatives. The interns presented their projects to their peers, hospital administration, and GNYHA, and tier mentors during the closing session.
SEP participation provides member hospitals and health systems the opportunity to participate in a pipeline program designed specifically to support racial and ethnic diversity in health care leadership, obtain a summertime helping hand on a priority operations project, and identify potential talent. SEP interns receive firsthand experience in hospital operations and can begin to form professional connections that will help advance their health care administration careers. Although not a requirement of the program, some of the students have already been asked by the sponsoring hospital to stay beyond the internship period. Some interns have been approached about potential job opportunities upon graduation, demonstrating SEP’s usefulness as a tool to identify diverse talent. GNYHA is pleased to offer SEP as a member resource to support member diversity initiatives.
GNYHA thanks the participating hospitals and health systems, listed below, for sponsoring 2019 interns. Hospital and health system recruitment to sponsor an intern for the 2020 program will begin later this year through an invitation from GNYHA to Chief Executive Officers, Human Resources Directors, and Diversity Officers. To ensure all our members can benefit from SEP, GNYHA will work closely with any hospital or health system outside of the New York City metropolitan area that wishes to participate. Hospitals and health system members interested in hosting a 2020 summer hospital management intern can find information about SEP here.
Participating Hospitals/Health Systems
- Gracie Square Hospital
- Mount Sinai Health System
- Montefiore Health System
- NYU Langone Health
- Northwell Health
- One Brooklyn Health