The 2019 class of GNYHA’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), which promotes racial and ethnic diversity in hospital management, is underway, with 17 interns working on real-world hospital administration projects at GNYHA member facilities. The interns are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in health care administration programs in New York State and around the nation. Intern projects touch on various topics, including performance and quality improvement, improving Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores, supply chain, and preparation for reviews by The Joint Commission.

SEP is a key tool offered by GNYHA to help members increase diversity in management. SEP interns have the opportunity to meet health care administrators and policymakers from New York and Washington, DC—the types of leaders with which they will interact as future senior hospital leaders—and they also learn about the practical side of health care administration and health care policymaking. Guest speakers brief the interns on their own career paths, the organizations they represent, the health care issues on which they focus, and offer career advice.

SEP students speak with Disha Banik, Congressional Health LA for Hakeem Jeffries

During a two-day trip to Washington, DC, interns heard from Martin Hamlette, Executive Director of the National Medical Association; David Acosta, Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges; Cara James, PhD, Director of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and health staff from the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), the American Hospital Association, and America’s Essential Hospitals.

SEP’s New York City session included meetings with health care administrators who offered practical hospital career advice. Guest speakers included Juan Mejia, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, and Cristina Contreras, Executive Director, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. Lee Perlman, GNYHA Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, who launched the SEP program more than 20 years ago, shared career insights and discussed the importance of leveraging internships for career opportunities.

SEP students in Washington, DC

The students also practiced resume writing and public speaking.

GNYHA thanks the speakers for taking the time from their busy schedules to meet with our interns. The interns will now complete their projects and prepare their final presentations, which they will deliver at the closing capstone event in early August.

GNYHA members interested in hosting a 2020 summer hospital management intern can find information about SEP here.