The Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute graduated its
12th class of 32 students on Aug. 23 at the Critical Issues Summit in
Wichita. Students, including Alan Ashinhurst of St. Catherine Hospital,
Tina Pendergraft, RN Satanta District Hospital, Clinics LTCU and
Teresa Clark, RN Wichita County Health Center, were nominated by their
hospital's CEO to be part of this select group.
The 2013 Leadership Institute class was diverse, representing a wide
geographic distribution of hospitals from St. Francis to Leavenworth and
Parsons to Liberal. 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.
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 focused on
team building, including how to lead a team and how to be part of a
team. Course 4 examined conflict and how to effectively manage it.
Courses 5 and 6 were at the KHA Critical Issues Summit. Students learned
about governance and the challenges facing health care in the future.