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Fifteen members of the Nash Health Care Medical Staff were recently honored as graduates of the newly established Physician Leadership Development Program. The purpose of the Physician Leadership Development Program is to develop and nurture physicians in order to prepare them to serve in physician leadership roles at Nash Health Care. Program participants were selected as potential future physician leaders. Graduates of the program’s inaugural class include:
"Investing in physician leadership development is imperative to Nash Health Care’s readiness and success in the era of health care reform. Providing these recent graduates with physician leadership development equips them with the knowledge and skill that will be required to continue to distinguish Nash Health Care as a provider of choice in our service area,” said Larry Chewning, president and CEO of Nash Health Care. “More importantly, through raising the bar for physician leadership standards, this program should serve to improve the health outcomes of our residents. We appreciate and commend the Class of 2010 for their sacrifice of time to participate in this learning opportunity, as well as their dedication to serving in future physician leadership roles at Nash Health Care."
In May of 2009, the hospital sponsored memberships to the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) for 15 physicians identified as potential future physician leaders by their colleagues. The semester began in Sept. 2009 and was built around the ACPE's Physician in Management (PIM) seminar. The PIM seminar is an ACPE hallmark course which includes six modules worth 35 continuing education credit hours that can be applied toward an ACPE-affiliated MBA or MMM degree, if participants choose to pursue a degree on their own.
“It is my firm conviction that organizations rise and fall on the quality of the leadership they possess. The vitality of our healthy system and the provision of superior health care services to our community are built upon the quality of our medical staff,” said Mike Bryant, chairman of the Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners. “I appreciate the dedication and commitment of time that these physicians have devoted to this endeavor."”
In addition to participants' completion of the PIM seminar in a self-study format, Rick Guarino, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Christine Ransdell, MA, Physician Relations Coordinator, brought the participants together once a month for supplemental instruction, and discussion of urgent hospital issues such as pay-for-call, health care reform, managing physician performance, and the implementation of a new electronic medical record.
"As we enter the era of health care reform, I anticipate that marginal hospitals will go out of business and surviving hospitals will fully integrate with doctors,” Guarino said. “Therefore, I believe that nothing we do is more important than developing the next generation of physician leaders. It has been a rewarding experience for Christine Ransdell and me to implement Mr. Chewning’s mandate to get this started and graduate our first class."
"Leadership begins with managing yourself and having insight into the effect that you have on other people," Dr. Maitreya Thakkar, a cardiologist, commented ."The physician leadership development program has helped me relate better with patients, hospital staff, and other doctors. The program opened my eyes to the value of honing good communication skills, which in turn helps me strengthen my ability to influence others as a physician leader."
Twelve members of the Class of 2010 have made a commitment to a second year program that will include expanded discussions of urgent hospital issues, as well as preliminary medical staff officer training.
Dr. Michael Crawford, president of the Nash Health Care Medical Staff, said, “Leadership by a strong medical staff and integration with the administration is more important than ever before. This course shows the commitment hat Nash Health Care has made to help us be better physician executives.”
Nash Health Care recently honored the inaugural Physician Leadership Development Program Graduates. Pictured are, Left to Right Front Row: Regina Smith, DO, Charnette Shade, MD, Rose Glynne, MD, Maitreya Thakkar, MD, Christine Ransdell, MA Back Row: Scott Lisson, MD, Matt Collins, MD, Michael Roth, MD, Scott Woodburn, MD, Todd Duncan, MD, Larry Chewning, CEO, Rick Guarino, MD, CMO Not Pictured: Paul Bondy, MD, David Browder, MD, Mike Crawford, MD, Mitch Mah’moud, MD, Dan Minior, MD, Michelle Shiver, MD