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Leadership Development Program

  • Need: Reasonably-priced leadership education was needed for professional development of healthcare organization managers in southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming.
  • Intervention: Creation of a health network providing leadership training opportunities for member hospitals.
  • Results: Increased leadership and managerial quality, and decreased professional development costs for rural hospitals of southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming.


The Hospital CooperativeEstablished in 1994, The Hospital Cooperative (THC) is a network of 16 hospitals from western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho providing benefits to network members through shared resources, information, and services.

THC established a Leadership Development committee in 2004-2005. Through quarterly meetings, training programs focused on managerial professional development for hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities staff.

Educational programs were created by requests from the multiple facilities, along with additional input from CEOs and educational staff. Cost containment strategies included using committee members and other local leaders as presenters whenever possible.

Now, instead of training sessions organized by a formal committee, THC has a formal Leadership Development Program based on needs assessment inquiries of its member hospitals' CEOs. Outside experts are brought in for the training. For example, in July 2017, THC will partner with the University of Utah Health Care to offer the training.

The Leadership Development Program is funded by registration fees and in-kind contributions. After topic, presenter, and estimated attendee numbers are identified, the THC board of directors calculates registration fees usually running between $50 to $100 dollars per attendee.

Services offered

Leadership Development seminars are offered on a Thursday and Friday. Seminar locations are rotated to maximize participation by all member hospitals, and identical programs are featured on both days in order to allow for increased shift workers' attendance.

Leadership Development Program topics covered:

  • Trust in the Workplace
  • Motivation and the Multi-Generational Workforce
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Feedback and Coaching
  • Employee Engagement
  • Evidence-Based Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Constructive Discipline
  • How to Have a 48-Hour Day
  • How to Upgrade and Motivate Your Employees… and Yourself
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Generational Diversity
  • Lean Six Sigma Overview: Kicking Off a Team Approach to Quality
  • If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 ½ Things You Would Do Differently
  • The Trust Factor
  • Principles of Leadership: Managing Up, Staff Loyalty, and Patient/Staff Rounding
  • Skills for New Supervisors: 10 Things You'll Want to Know
  • Enhancing Customer Service
  • The Color Code
  • Employment Issues for the Healthcare Manager
  • Improving Your Managerial Effectiveness
  • Customer Service
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Problem Solving/The Art of Negotiation
  • Hiring the Right People and Success with the Organization


  • During initial efforts in 2005-2006, over 50% of the Cooperative's organizations' managers attended these trainings (100-130 per course)
  • After initial two or three Leadership Development Programs per year, offerings are now yearly


  • Hospital employees experience challenges to carve out time for training or education
  • Training session costs are difficult to control


  • Ensure buy-in from leadership of member hospitals with firm commitment on attendee numbers
  • Decrease costs by asking presenters for discounted prices due to the non-profit status of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) participants and by partnering with state and federal grant agencies
  • Negotiate with local hotels concerning no-cost meeting space and catered meal discounts
  • Utilize member hospitals large conference rooms when possible

Contact Information

Robert Cuoio, Executive Director
The Hospital Cooperative

Critical Access Hospitals
Governance of healthcare organizations
Healthcare networks

States served
Idaho, Wyoming

Date added
August 13, 2007

Date updated or reviewed
March 30, 2021

Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2021. Leadership Development Program [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: [Accessed 2 February 2023]

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