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Resources by Topic: Leadership

As the South Grows: Bearing Fruit
Explores how areas of Southern cities such as Metro Atlanta offer opportunities to learn ways to confront and eliminate structural barriers that will have effects on other parts of the country. Discusses rural-specific considerations, as well.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Young Rural Healthcare Leaders Share Experiences and Insights
Interviews with four Critical Access Hospital leaders under the age of forty, who share their experiences helping their facilities and communities. They also offer advice to others interested in rural hospital leadership. Interviewees include Benjamin Anderson, CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas; Melissa Kelly, CEO and CFO of Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska; Stephanie Orr, CNO at Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon, Idaho; and Adam Willmann, CEO and President of Goodall-Witcher Hospital Authority in Clifton, Texas.
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Value-Based Strategic Planning Guide 2017: Rural Hospital Value-Based Strategy Summit
Customizable strategy resources to help small and rural hospital leaders develop, manage, measure, and implement their strategic plans. Templates focus on preparing rural hospitals to transition to value-based care and population health.
Additional links: Balanced Scorecard Template, Strategy Map Template
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Recruitment and Retention Planning for Rural Health Networks and Members
Toolkit composed of four main components: a recruitment and retention plan guide, a recruitment and retention assessment, an assessment summary template, and an action plan template. Dynamic documents to help network leaders carry out the planning, preparation, follow-up, and follow-through phases of recruitment and retention efforts in rural healthcare facilities.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Designing A Health System That Works For The Tribe
Outlines the challenges facing the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as they work to restore services and improve quality in their 35-bed Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital. After safety concerns were found by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2015, emergency department operations were halted for seven months. During that time, patients were routed to alternative facilities from 40 to 100 miles away. The surgical and obstetrics wards are also closed due to infrastructure problems and staffing shortages. Despite these challenges, members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are exploring the option of hospital self-governance and believe a high quality healthcare system is within reach.
Author(s): Jessica Bylander
Citation: Health Affairs, 36(4), 592-595
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil
Examines the discrepancy between philanthropic efforts in the South and other regions of the United States. Provides examples of Southern nonprofit leaders, and makes recommendations to help foundations and donors maximize the impact of their investments. Also explains why alternative methods for giving may be required in the South, where organizations and leaders don't always conform to traditional educational and organizational standards. Rural-specific considerations are discussed throughout.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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2016 Rural Provider Leadership Summit Report: Strategies for Rural Provider Engagement in Transitioning to Value-based Purchasing and Population Health
Explores issues related to value models for rural providers and provides strategies rural hospitals may use to overcome challenges and enhance staff collaboration. Includes a list of rural provider leadership tools and resources.
Author(s): Karla Weng
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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An Interview with David Schmitz
The co-creator of the Community Apgar Program and program director of Rural Training Tracks (RTTs) at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho shares his insights about rural physician training and recruitment of rural healthcare providers.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN)
Brief video describing the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) and the services it provides to meet the needs of rural hospitals across its state. Describes how ICAHN has helped 54 hospitals transition from competition to collaboration.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Illinois Network Puts Hospitals’ Needs First
Profile of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). Highlights how ICAHN has used support from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and Illinois Department of Public Health to help its member hospitals via a range of different services and programs.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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