TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Internship

January 31, 2018

Kurt Delay, C’19, spent the summer working closely with Sewanee alumnus and CEO of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Lou Caputo, C’97. Learn about Kurt’s unique experience at the intersection of business and medicine:

In my time at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, I had the opportunity to experience medicine from a number of unique perspectives. This internship is special in that the intern is able to take an active role in administrative roles as well as observe a broad spectrum of medical experiences, from routine ER triage to difficult conversations and decisions in the ICU. I was assigned a number of administrative tasks such as creating expansion proposals for the hospital and gathering data for the purpose of staffing decisions. Outside of the administration office, however, I did extensive shadowing of doctors in specialties that I was interested in, often for several days to a week at a time. One of the perks of this internship is that there is little to no business experience required beforehand to make a meaningful contribution--almost all of the skills and knowledge I needed I acquired on the job.

I was able to assist in the creation of a substantial hospital expansion project, coordinate a women's health show that entertained almost 800 guests in the hospital, and help spearhead a project to acquire several new physicians. More than anything, my interpersonal communication skills developed substantially this summer. These projects required a fair amount of organizational skills and tech savvy, but the greatest task at hand was always getting in touch with the right people and getting accurate information you need from them in a timely manner. This was especially true in regards to hiring new physicians, when I had to reach out to four different departments to get the metrics I needed to complete the proposal.

Outside of the administration office, I was given almost complete freedom in regards to what I wanted to be a part of. Mr. Caputo really gauges his intern's interests and does a fantastic job in creating the connections to facilitate a personalized experience. I spent a significant amount of time shadowing gastrointestinal, orthopedic, and cardiac operations in the OR and catheter lab in addition to making daily rounds in the ICU with the chief of staff and other critical care staff. If a certain specialty wasn't readily available at StoneCrest, Mr. Caputo saw to it that I was able to observe physicians at other hospitals in the TriStar division.

I could not think of a more well-rounded and comprehensive introduction into medicine and the innumerable parts that factor into the greater system of health care. Having the chance to spend a summer at StoneCrest is one of the Sewanee experiences for which I am most grateful and one of the greatest driving forces in my decision to pursue health care as a lifelong profession.

Kurt’s experience was part of an ACE (A Career Exploration) Internship. Apply for the TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center internship and all ACE Medical Internships on TigerNet. The application deadline is February 15th.


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