Each summer, Brigham Health welcomes a new class of Deland Fellows in Health Care and Society, who participate in a one-year administrative experience that prepares early-career professionals to be leaders of health care institutions. Fellows work closely with a member of the senior leadership team who serves as their mentor.
This is the third story in a three-part series introducing BWH Bulletin readers to this year’s Deland Fellows. This week, meet Andrew Ward, MS, MBA.
Name: Andrew Ward, MS, MBA
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Executive mentor: David McCready, Senior Vice President for Surgical, Procedural and Imaging Services, and Facilities and Operations
Previous role: Most recently, I was a full-time student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to that, I spent three and a half years working at the Amundsen Group, a boutique consulting practice focused on developing sales and marketing strategies for pharmaceutical companies.
What drew you to BWH? I knew the breadth of operations at BWH would provide me with an amazing opportunity to learn about many different areas in health care delivery, while the investment that senior leadership make in the Deland Fellowship ensured that I would have incredible mentors to help me grow and develop as a person. Also, my wife is from Belmont, so working in Boston was a plus.
What are you looking forward to working on? While I am interested in exploring as much of Brigham Health as possible, I am especially interested in working on projects that relate to clinical operations, population health management and the commercialization of Brigham research.
Your dream job: Although I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, I know that I’m only interested in health care and that I’m most excited when I feel a sense of ownership in my work. This leads me to believe that I’ll be happiest if I can one day manage my own suite of departments at a hospital or a drug portfolio at a pharmaceutical company.
Fun facts about you: As part of my move, I decided to ride my bike from Chicago to Boston. It took 13 days and totaled more than 1,200 miles.