Healthcare Fellows enrollment now open


By David Buschman

The Healthcare Fellows is the region’s only healthcare focused professional development experience that spotlights innovation and thought leadership, located in Louisville’s vast healthcare ecosystem.

Since its inception in 2005, the Health Enterprises Network’s Healthcare Fellows program has provided growth and development opportunities for 321 healthcare professionals. Each year 18-24 professionals are selected from around Greater Louisville to participate in the 10-month program.

The Healthcare Fellows program was formed by the leaders of the Health Enterprises Network in 2005 in response to the area’s need for executive talent as defined in the “Beyond Merger” report from the Brookings Institute. Since its inception, the fellowship structure has produced motivated, informed and connected individuals ready to take on the challenges and opportunities in our community, nationally and abroad.

Monthly sessions are led by healthcare executives, local thought leaders, academics, elected officials, organizational experts, researchers and entrepreneurs. From groundbreaking research to medical logistics and lessons on change management to inspiring your workforce, the Fellows gain insights and up-close experiences with the most innovative companies and practices in the area.

These interactive sessions are also complemented by a group-driven project aimed at supporting one of Health Enterprises Network’s themes, addressing a specific healthcare business challenge or directly impacting a community need.

Fellows Projects

Previous Fellows projects have included addressing food access, securing age-friendly city designation for Louisville, multiple workforce surveys and compiling information from the area’s top healthcare organizations for the creation of the “Louisville’s Healthcare History” that is an integral part of the “Louisville Map of Health-Related Companies.”

2019 Healthcare Fellows

Ted Baker, Vice President, Cornerstone Companies
Tawanda Chitapa, Director, Clinical Value Reporting, Norton Healthcare
Sam Cotton, GWEP Program Manager, ADRD Director, UofL Trager Institute
Luanne Didelot RN, Senior Nurse Specialist, University of Louisville, School of Medicine
Kiel Dowlin, President, Family Directed
C. Dean Furman, Jr., Member, Furman & Nilsen
LaCinda Glover, Principal, Mercer
Jessica Harbeson CPA, Strothman and Company
Amy Hill, Executive Director, Counseling Services, Hosparus Health
Patricia Hyndman, Patient Advocate, My Health E
Cille Kissel, Product Manager, Humana
Matt Leitterman, Director of Sales, Kentucky & Indiana, Humana
Denise Sears, President & CEO, Supplies Over Seas
Rush Sherman, Chief Financial Officer, Spalding University
Rob Warrington, Vice President, Lockton Dunning Benefits
Jacqueline Wood RN, Client Strategist Manager, PwC
Michael Yared, Managing Partner, Echobind

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To qualify, applicants should be nominated by their CEO, president or supervisor and submit a completed nomination form downloaded from, under the “Healthcare Fellows” tab or you can request one by emailing


Benefits of Fellows

Bob Doligale, president, Splash Analytics, 2017 Healthcare Fellows
“The HEN Fellows program is clearly the best way to develop meaningful connections with the thought and business leaders in Louisville’s healthcare industry. It far exceeded my every expectation!”


Curtis Warfield, Chief Audit Executive, Anthem, Inc. (former Health Enterprises Network Board Chair and former CEO, HCA-National Patient Account Services)
“The Healthcare Fellows program is a great program designed to support and nurture future healthcare executives. Through key profile interviews with local healthcare executives of fortune 500 companies, as well as engaging in case studies, the young executives can learn about pertinent issues affecting our community. It is time well spent growing personally and professionally.”


Ralph Gronefeld, Jr., retired president & CEO, ResCare, former Health Enterprises Network Board Chair
“The Louisville Healthcare Fellows program provides an excellent avenue for future leaders to develop career-long relationships in our healthcare community which fosters the sharing of ideas, issues, solutions and opportunities.”


Adam Shewmaker director of healthcare consulting services, Dean Dorton 2011 Healthcare Fellows
The Healthcare Fellows program provides a tremendous opportunity to meet and interact with some of the commonwealth’s top healthcare leaders. I would encourage any rising healthcare professional to take advantage of this opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the growing healthcare community.



-David Buschman is the managing director of the Health Enterprises Network.