Each summer, Brigham Health welcomes a new class of Deland Fellows in Health Care and Society. This one-year administrative experience 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 first in a three-part Brigham Bulletin series introducing this year’s Deland Fellows.
Name: Susannah Rudel, MBA, MPH
Hometown: Chappaqua, N.Y.
Executive mentor: Bill Johnston, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, and Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Services
I spent the last two years as a full-time MBA/MPH student at Boston University. I completed my internship in the Ambulatory Practice Management department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and prior to graduate school worked in medical publishing at UpToDate and in health IT at athenahealth.
What drew you to the Brigham?
I was initially drawn to the Brigham by the organization’s reputation for clinical excellence and innovative research. More importantly, while interviewing and getting to know the organization, I was blown away by the collaborative culture and commitment to patient care, as well as the passionate and welcoming leadership team here.
What are you looking forward to working on?
I am excited to expand my knowledge and experience to the world of inpatient care and different service lines while having the opportunity to explore a range of functional areas. I am probably most excited to contribute to projects related to clinical operations while also getting to know, work with and learn from people across the organization.
Your dream job
I aspire to be part of a hospital leadership team that works to improve quality, access and patient experience. I hope my experience as a Deland Fellow will help me determine exactly what this role might look like.
Fun fact about you
Just before starting at the Brigham in July, I spent a week hiking in Utah national parks with my sister. We visited five parks; Bryce Canyon was our favorite, but they were all amazingly beautiful!