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Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:43


• Kansas Hospital Association

The KHA Leadership Institute graduated its sixteenth class of 32 students on Sept. 7 at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Wichita. Students were nominated by their hospital’s CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals. Photo attached.

Helping to build future health care leaders is important to the Kansas Hospital Association. “We are committed to strengthening and promoting the leadership capacity of hospital employees in Kansas,” said Tom Bell, president and CEO, Kansas Hospital Association. The KHA Leadership Institute was established to help hospitals provide professional development opportunities that accentuate the personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation in Kansas hospitals.

The 2017 Leadership Institute class was diverse. They represented a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from Norton to Leavenworth and Parsons to Liberal – there was representation from all parts of the state. Students had been working in health care for as little as one year to more than 20 years. Several students have been in management positions for more than 10 years while others were brand new to management positions. Some students also are supervisors, supervising a range of employees, from a few to more than 50 employees. 

It is important to note that the students nominated to participate in this program were not selected because they needed to learn “management skills”. They were nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be future leaders and wanted to help cultivate that development. Each one of these students made a personal and professional commitment to expand their skills by attending all six courses of the Leadership Institute.

The curriculum was structured to enhance each student’s leadership abilities. Course No. 1 focused on explaining the difference between leadership and management, identifying organizational values and creating a positive organizational climate. Course No. 2 focused on enhancing communication skills and examining ethics. Course No. 3 examined conflict and how to effectively manage it. Course No. 4 focused on team building - including how to lead a team and how to be part of a team. Courses No. 5 and No. 6 were at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show. Students learned about the challenges facing health care in the future.


KHA Leadership Institute - Class of 2017

Timothy Barker, Wesley Healthcare, Wichita

Carrie Biermann, RN, Wichita County Health Center, Leoti

Liz Claassen, RN, Newton Medical Center, Newton

Cheri Comstock, RN, Fredonia Regional Hospital, Fredonia

Karla Crissman, Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington

Tara Dahlstrom, Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County, Hutchinson

Kelley Drake, ASN, Salina Regional Health Center, Salina

Erica Forbes, BSN, Memorial Health System, Abilene

Brie Greeson, RN, Southwest Medical Center, Liberal

Drew Hamel, Russell Regional Hospital, Russell

Amanda Hebb, RN, Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, Wichita

ReChelle Horinek, Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney

Ryan Jackson, RN, BSN, ADN, MHL, Wamego Health Center, Wamego

Megan Kear, Atchison Hospital, Atchison

Cherie Knott, Meade District Hospital/Artesian Valley Health System, Meade

Stephanie LaRue, Labette Health, Parsons

Misty Long, RN, Salina Surgical Hospital, Salina

Megan Mawhirter, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned

Bret McClure, RN, Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth

Kasey Nichols, MD, Valley Hope Association, Norton

Traci Noll, F.W. Huston Medical Center, Winchester

Tammy Oxford, Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital, Ulysses

Jennifer Ploeger, Hiawatha Community Hospital, Hiawatha

Elizabeth Rupp, HaysMed, Hays

Steven Seems, Phillips County Health Systems, Phillipsburg

Tammy Snelling, St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion

Michael C. Stallbaumer, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Seneca

Angie Taylor, Hospital District No. 1 of Rice County, Lyons

Stacy Trester, RN, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Chanute

Echo Vaden, RN, William Newton Hospital, Winfield

Elizabeth Yunghans, RN, Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan

Drew Zerr, Greeley County Health Services, Tribune 




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