By Lauren Battitori
The Kansas Hospitals Association Leadership Institute graduated its 17th class of 30 students on September 6, at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Overland Park, Kansas. Included in this year’s graduating class was Girard Medical Center’s Jody Terrill, Utilization Review/Team Leader (Pictured – seated 2nd from right). Students were nominated by their hospital’s CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.
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 2018 Leadership Institute class was diverse. They represented a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from Hays to Leavenworth and Girard to Liberal – there was representation from all parts of the state. 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 while others were new managers. Some students also supervised other staff, from a few to more than 50 employees. Each one of the students made a personal and professional commitment to expand their skills by attending all six courses of the Leadership Institute.
“We are proud of Jody for completing the KHA Leadership courses. It’s a great experience!” said Ruth Duling, CEO of Girard Medical Center.