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Application Period Now Open for New ARAMARK Healthcare Fellowship Program Geared to Improving Patient Care through Clinical Support Services.

Master's Candidates in Healthcare Administration Eligible to Apply until October 17th

PHILADELPHIA -- Four new fellowships for Master's degree candidates in healthcare administration were announced today by ARAMARK Healthcare in partnership with the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (the Institute). Applications for the program, which will focus on improving the quality of hospital clinical support service functions, will be accepted until October 17.

"The ARAMARK Healthcare Administrative Fellowship for Clinical Support Services is grounded in the belief that experience in the field, mentoring by experienced leaders and an understanding of the importance of diversity issues provides a unique benefit to post-graduate students planning a career in healthcare administration," said John Babiarz, group president, ARAMARK Healthcare. "We are confident that these same emerging leaders will go on to make significant contributions as they advance in their careers."

The fellowships offer a year-long experience at one of ARAMARK Healthcare's partner hospitals, as well as unique perspectives on clinical support services based on operations at more than 1,000 hospitals nationwide. The fellowships also include educational programs on diversity, including access to the American Hospital Association-affiliated Institute resources.

Four fellows will be selected based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, commitment to community service, and dedication to a career in healthcare administration. Fellows will be announced at the end of January, 2009, with the program scheduled to begin in July 2009. Candidates interested in applying can access the application and view more information at www.aramarkhealthcare.com.

The definition of patient care in today's hospital environment transcends the clinical aspects of treating patients to emphasize a more holistic experience. Clinical support services, including food and nutrition services, environmental services, clinical technology services and patient transportation, offer some of the most frequent touch points for patients during a hospital experience. Quality and excellence in these areas can help hospitals improve patient, nursing and employee satisfaction outcomes.

Based on this understanding, the goals of the fellowship program are designed to:

* Augment classroom learning with hands-on experience and additional educational opportunities;

* Test the validity of classroom studies through operational application and foster the development of individual professional points of view;

* Develop operational skills and gain professional experience by executing concrete responsibilities in the host hospital;

* Clarify career goals and identify specific skills and knowledge that will help fellows to reach their goals;

* Gain an understanding of issues and stakeholders in healthcare industry;

* Develop marketable skills and experiences that are recognized, valued and respected by potential employers;

* Make a significant service contribution to the host hospital; and

* Promote diversity and cultural competency as fellows advance in their careers.

Compensation for this program is competitive with other comparable administrative fellowship programs.

About ARAMARK Healthcare

ARAMARK Healthcare is a leader in providing best-in-class non-clinical services that are essential to healthcare delivery. Understanding that clinical excellence and the environment are interdependent, ARAMARK Healthcare directly impacts the entire healthcare continuum - patient, employee, nurse and physician satisfaction, operational efficiency and service excellence. Through its facilities, food and clinical technology services, ARAMARK Healthcare helps more than 1,000 hospitals and senior living facilities deliver the optimal experience for patients and residents, their families, and the physicians, nurses and staff who care for them. For more information visit www.aramarkhealthcare.com.
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