About the Program

At OakBend Medical Center, we present an Administrative Fellowship program that serves as a remarkable avenue for educational enrichment and personal growth. Our Administrative Fellowship Program spans a duration of two years, strategically designed to provide candidates with a diverse array of experiences across both clinical and non-clinical domains. This program is designed to positively impact the Fellow’s journey towards becoming a proficient healthcare leader. Fellows will engage in a range of areas, encompassing operations management, operational and financial analytics, physician recruitment and clinic operations management, process improvement, and management of complex projects. The Fellowship role functions as a foundational position, fostering an introduction to our organization while harboring the potential for evolution into a pivotal leadership role within our organizational framework.

About the Program Sponsor

Joe Freudenberger
Chief Executive Officer

Joe Freudenberger is the Chief Executive Officer of OakBend Medical Center, a $1 billion, three hospital, independent, non-profit, community hospital system serving Fort Bend County and surrounding areas. After completing his M.B.A. in finance at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, Joe began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working with major healthcare systems around the country to improve their business operations, 11 years as CFO for two different hospitals and the last 15 years as CEO for OakBend.
Over his career he has, at one time or another, either overseen or reengineered the operations of almost every department in a hospital. Joe has a track record of successfully implementing operational and organizational change to help community hospitals regain their financial footing.
By shifting OakBend’s strategy to focus on service excellence, new services, community engagement, targeted marketing, physician engagement, unique partner models and financial prudence, Joe and his team have transformed OakBend Medical Center into a growing, quality local choice for healthcare in Fort Bend County and surrounding areas.
Joe is a recipient of the 2018 Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired Nonprofit CEO and the winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® for the Gulf Coast Region in Healthcare in 2017.


The focus of the Administrative Fellowship Program is on exceptional individuals who harbor a deep passion for the healthcare industry. Geared towards those desiring to acquire hands-on experience in steering and overseeing a healthcare system, the program provides a valuable platform for growth and development. Eligible applicants must have received or completed the didactic requirements for an MHA or MBA prior to start date.

Application Requirements

Applications for the Administrative Fellowship are now closed. We appreciate the interest and enthusiasm of all our applicants. Please stay tuned for future opportunities by visiting our Careers page regularly.

Please ensure that you upload the following documents with your application:

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate Transcripts (Official or Unofficial)
  • Graduate Transcripts (Official or Unofficial)
  • Personal Statement (500 word limit): Why OakBend Medical Center?

For further information about the OakBend Fellowship Program, please email cpippen@obmc.org.

Current Fellows

2024 – The George Washington University, MHA
2021 – Trinity University, Spanish, B.A.

Charlie Pippen is a first-year administrative fellow at OakBend Medical Center. Originally from Dallas, TX, he received his BA in Spanish with a minor in biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 2021. He then pursued his MHA from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., completing didactic coursework in May 2023 and expecting to graduate in May 2024. He enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, competing in trivia, and watching Dallas Stars hockey.

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