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.