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The HCA Healthcare Executive Residency Program

/ The HCA Healthcare Executive Residency Program

Your career. Focused.

The HCA Healthcare Executive Residency Program is an on-ramp to executive leadership within America's leader in patient-centered, cost-effective, expert health care. The Program will provide 20-25 exceptional MHA, MHS and MBA graduates from select universities a paid full-time position and an immersive development experience on the path toward a Chief Operating Officer (COO), Service Line VP, or equivalent role for an HCA affiliated care organization.

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Program schedule

Year 1

Administrative Resident.
The cohort will experience full-time executive development including group- and self-study learning from senior HCA Healthcare executives and industry experts. Each individual will receive rotational exposure to key healthcare business functions, and a unique preceptorship from an HCA executive leader. At the end of the one year residency, a determination will be made regarding entrance into a full time healthcare leadership role with one of HCA’s business units.

Year 2

Assistant Administrator or equivalent leadership role.
Individuals who advance to full-time healthcare leadership role progress into a year of continued learning via ongoing preceptorship, formal course work, virtual and in-person learning, and on-the-job projects to continue the executive development pathway.

The HCA story

Unsurpassed commitment to care from America's top performing healthcare system

  • We could say a lot about how HCA's scale creates unparalleled leadership opportunities: Over 178 hospitals and 1,800 care locations across 20 states and the UK. Learn more facts about HCA Healthcare.
  • We could cite our commitment to doing the right things in the right way: HCA has been named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere for 9 years in a row.
  • Then there's our commitment to clinical excellence, quality, and accountability. But our mission – established by our founders – really says it all: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. Discover our purpose and passion.

Our stories

First-person examples of how leaders write their own stories at HCA Healthcare

"As a resident, I was able to cultivate relationships throughout my division that were integral to my success.”

Dillon Rai, MSHA, (Trinity)

Assistant Administrator at Swedish Medical Center (Colorado)
As a recent graduate of the Executive Residency Program (ERP), I know firsthand the tremendous value in this program. The program provided a positive mentoring environment that allowed me to learn and grow as a leader. As a resident, I was able to participate in hands-on learning through robust shadowing opportunities and targeted project work. These projects were specifically geared towards gaining leadership experience and driving organizational excellence. While each residency is unique, the ERP pinpoints and develops a core grouping of competencies that are invaluable for any future healthcare leader. I was able to create a customized development plan to suit my personal growth needs and career aspirations.

Relationships are core to the success and advancement of leaders at any stage in their healthcare career. With the ERP’s guided rotations, residents are able to make strong connections within their divisions and hospitals. As a resident, I was able to cultivate relationships throughout my division that were integral to my success. With numerous touch points including monthly meetings, quarterly calls, and in-person trainings, HCA residents form a community with residents from across the nation to share best practices and crucial lessons learned. Leveraging the size of HCA in this fashion allows residents to become stronger and more effective professionals.

I believe HCA has created the gold standard for Administrative Residency through this program. Residents like myself are able to benefit from being part of a large organization that values and invests heavily in the development of its young leaders. The exposure you get during the ERP program is invaluable for the growth of your career. Any aspiring leader serious about working in healthcare should consider joining HCA and taking part in the ERP. The tools and development you receive in this program will position you well for early success in your career and the relationships you make will stay with you for the rest of your life.

HCA embraces executive development as part of its culture"

Jyric Sims, FACHE, MHA (Arkansas), Executive Certificate in Healthcare Leadership (Harvard)

CEO, Medical City – Fort Worth Hospital
Sims was honored as the 2017 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Services Executives.

"HCA embraces executive development as part of its culture and commitment to developing the next generation of leaders. It is an honor to be a graduate of one such program, and for any new associate or resident considering the executive path, if you are ready to give 110%, be prepared for the awesome journey of leading people within this great company."

"Access, exposure and countless opportunities for growth and advancement"

Esther Chung, MSHA, (Trinity)

COO St. David’s Hospital, Austin
"HCA truly values and invests in individuals at every stage of one’s career. Through the Residency, HCA afforded me the invaluable opportunity to immerse in a highly-functioning healthcare system and develop relationships with healthcare executives and leaders with proven track records of success. These individuals have become and continue to serve as my mentors. Access, exposure and countless opportunities for growth and advancement are just a few of the benefits that I’ve experienced throughout my residency and early career with HCA."

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