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78H – Rural Hospitals: Moving From Surviving to Thriving

Tuesday, March 24th

About the Session

Rural hospital challenges are magnified by low inpatient volumes, workforce shortages and an aging infrastructure. Rural hospitals also are often geographically isolated, which further limits their access to resources. Even when part of a larger system, corporate tools do not always translate to local implementation. To sustain the key community resources serving the health needs of rural populations, it is imperative that the organization become as nimble as possible. During this seminar, faculty will describe how one organization addressed several of the challenges rural hospitals face.

The organization used a leadership development approach to enhance its frontline leaders’ skillsets, maximize existing organization investments in data, assessment results, tools and resources to drive margin improvement. The resulting structure enabled leaders to identify and lead change, and the organization began to see margin improvements of 1 percent of operating expense every 100 days. Seminar faculty, through additional examples and case studies, will reveal a common theme for an organizational management structure, detailing enablers and steps for overcoming obstacles. You will be provided a self-diagnostic tool to help you identify possible gaps in your organization’s ability to quickly adapt to the continuing changes in the healthcare environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify techniques to maximize margin improvement based on the power of middle management creativity while optimizing existing resources.
  • Discover how to develop and align an entire management team in a structured approach to provide focus, improve accountability and drive growth.


Presented By

Tim J. Alba, FACHE

Caldwell Butler & Associates LLC

Will E. Flett

Operational Finance Officer
Avera Queen of Peace