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Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute Graduates 34

The KHA Leadership Institute graduated its fourteenth class of 34 students this fall. Students were nominated by their hospital's CEO to be part of this select group. 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 2015 KHA Leadership Institute class was diverse. They represented a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from all parts of the state, including Clay County Medical Center's Director of Nursing, Sara Beikman from Linn, Kansas. Students in the class have 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 new to management positions. Some students also are supervisors, supervising from a few to 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 KHA Leadership Institute.

The curriculum was structured to enhance each student's leadership abilities.

  • Course #1 focused on explaining the difference between leadership and management, identifying organizational values and creating a positive organizational climate.
  • Course #2 focused on enhancing communication skills and examining ethics.
  • Course #3 examined conflict and how to effectively manage it.
  • Course # 4 focused on team building, including how to lead a team and how to be part of a team.
  • Courses #5 and #6 were at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show, where students learned about the challenges facing health care in the future.

KHA Leadership Institute Class of 2015
Tamra Altman, Wichita County Health Center, Leoti
Dalene Babcock, Sheridan County Health Complex, Hoxie
Sara Beikman, Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center
Kelli Boetel, Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa
Ann Marie Boncella, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence
Jo R. Caley, Stafford County Hospital, Stafford
Michele Collins, Edwards County Hospital and Healthcare Center, Kinsley
Karl DeArmond, Geary Community Hospital, Junction City
Johnathan Durrett, Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington
Kristi Engle, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned
Emily Flowers, William Newton Hospital, Winfield
Candra Good, Morris County Hospital, Council Grove
Rachel Gross, Family Practice Associates/Holton Community Hospital, Holton
John Helmer, McPherson Hospital, Inc., McPherson
Rebecca Helwig, Labette Health, Parsons
Karen Hooker, Goodland Regional Medical Center, Goodland
Kevin Johnson, Citizens Medical Center, Colby
Jennifer Landry, Fredonia Regional Hospital, Fredonia
Dora Leon, St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City
Daniel Ludwig, Girard Medical Center, Girard
Maurice Price, Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth
Tiffany Pulley, Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons
Katelyn Reynolds, Greeley County Health Services, Tribune
Clarice Rilinger, Kearny County Hospital, Lakin
Travis Rockers, Anderson County Hospital, Garnett
Stephanie Saucedo, Meade District Hospital/Artesian Valley Health System, Meade
Lynsey Michelle Schultz, Ellsworth County Medical Center, Ellsworth
Lance L. Smith, Hays Medical Center, Inc., Hays
Rhonda J. Spellmeier, Sabetha Community Hospital, Sabetha
Andrea Taylor, Memorial Health System, Abilene
Jeremy Taylor, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson
Debbie Thuston, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Chanute
Amy Tucker, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt
Sharon K. Zogelman, St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion