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Why Rural Health Must Matter

2018-08-21T16:09:12+00:00May 30th, 2017|Blog, Rural Health|

by Michelle Rathman I have worked in the healthcare sector for the past 21 years, first in public health, and now in rural for over 15 years. As I travel from state to state, town to town, small hospital to small hospital, I shake hands and have conversations with dedicated, talented, and selfless men and [...]

Moving beyond this Healthcare Headache

2018-08-20T22:26:06+00:00March 28th, 2017|Blog|

Last week, like many of  you, I contacted my congressional representatives, posted many pieces, tweeted and retweeted dozens of pleas from the American Hospital Association, several State Hospital Associations, the National Rural Health Association, American Nurses Association, AARP and several more to say, "NO" to the AHCA. I also cautioned (myself included) that killing the Bill was nothing to [...]

Entrepreneurship is a Family Business

2018-08-20T22:26:24+00:00March 12th, 2017|Blog|

So this is my son and his wife's company, https://bbkustomkennels.com. Their product was recently featured on an HGTV program, and they're receiving all sorts of great industry press and social media success. I'm sharing it with my LinkedIn community because, well, first and foremost, I'm so very proud of them. After attending college, securing a really good job and doing [...]

I don’t live in Rural America so why do I need to care?

2018-08-20T22:26:30+00:00February 7th, 2017|Blog|

This week, I am in D.C. attending the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute. Last month, I was in rural Iowa, before that rural Oregon, before that, rural Colorado. I’ve spent time in Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, and so many other places where small, rural hospitals are represented by dots on the map, and the only big, [...]

Are you leading or labeling your multigenerational team?

2018-08-20T22:26:36+00:00October 6th, 2016|Blog|

Working with a multigenerational team in a hospital environment is a challenge for many hospital leaders today. Too often, senior executives and managers default to placing harmful (albeit unintentional) labels on their staff members, a move that perpetuates the “us” vs. “them” mindset, something that is neither productive nor healthy. Rather than perceiving younger employees and [...]

Tackling the Patient Experience Dilemma

2018-08-20T22:26:42+00:00May 19th, 2016|Blog|

Of all the quality and performance measures that hospitals must target, patient experience (satisfaction) is one of the most challenging to tackle.  While process and outcome measures have dramatically improved over the past few years, (thanks to such initiatives as electronic health records, engaging health coaches for patients with chronic diseases; and, practices such as [...]

Take the wrinkle out of the dress code conversation.

2018-08-20T22:26:50+00:00April 26th, 2016|Blog, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership Development|

If your organization’s current dress code is “business casual,” it may be that you’re not thrilled with what this actually looks like in your hospital or health care practice. Many human resource professionals have shared that dress code policy is one of their biggest challenges. During the hot summer months especially, I have observed that [...]

Transforming Hospital Teams: Internal Communications

2018-08-20T22:27:01+00:00March 10th, 2016|Blog, Communications Planning, Leadership Development, Strategic Communications|

"There is no faster way to start and keep rumors alive than to under-communicate with team members." I’ve just completed another series of engagements on the subject of engaging community stakeholders.  About an hour into my workshop, I begin to dive into the subject of internal stakeholders; of course, I’m talking about hospital employees, or [...]

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