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 second in a two-part series introducing BWH Bulletin readers to this year’s Deland Fellows.
Name: Victoria (Tori) Wilmarth, MBA
Hometown: Andover, Mass.
Executive mentor: Melinda Upton, MS, vice president of Network Development
Previous role: I spent the past two years as a full-time MBA student at Cornell University and completed an internship at Intermountain Healthcare. Before business school, I worked for IBM as a life sciences consultant.
What drew you to BWH? Growing up in Massachusetts, I am certainly familiar with the Brigham’s reputation for clinical excellence. However, as I connected with people here, I was really impressed not only by BWH’s commitment to compassionate patient care, but also by the leadership team’s desire to innovate and push the organization to work collaboratively across disciplines to improve health and care delivery.
What are you looking forward to working on? The Deland fellowship offers fantastic exposure across Brigham Health. I am particularly excited to be involved in network development, population health and value-based reimbursement, and projects related to clinical operations and patient experience. I left consulting to make a difference for patients more directly, and I am glad to do so in various ways across Brigham Health.
Your dream job: I aspire to be in a hospital leadership role where I can help make health care easier for patients to navigate by improving interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration and managing organizational performance. I hope the fellowship will help me determine where I can best do this.
Fun fact about you: I enjoy exploring new places, hiking and spending time outside. The prettiest hike I have done was on a volcano in Arequipa, Peru. Also, I have a twin sister who is a veterinarian, and my mom is a physical therapist. Health care runs in our family.