MICHELLE’S BLOG2018-08-24T21:50:57+00:00

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a small child.  As it is for so many, writing serves as an outlet to indulge my imagination, thoughtfully document my observations, flesh out strategy, and share the insights and ideas that build in my brain.

Equal to my passion for writing is reading. During my years working in publishing, I often pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.  While a few of the authors I represented proved to be, shall I say, challenging, the majority were exceptional and a joy to work with.

My enormous library (some on my shelves, many in boxes until we have the space to have a room dedicated to books) consists of works on organizational development, human performance, and all things related to leadership, emotional intelligence, and communications.  In truth, my absolute favorite genre is autobiographies. I’m awestruck at the courage of those who share their stories with the intent of bringing hope and healing to others.  If you’re looking for a recommendation, let me know. I’ll email you a list of my all-time favorites.

In this forum, I thought I’d share some of the pieces I’ve written on a variety of topics and hope that you will find a few that spark an idea or deliver an ah-ha moment.

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3005, 2017

Why Rural Health Must Matter

May 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Rural Health|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

2005, 2017

What’s our Rural Health Plan B

May 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

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 women working tirelessly [...]

105, 2017

Make an Impact May!

May 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog|

May is a special month for me, for many reasons. For starters, on May 2nd, my second child was born, and I could not have asked for a more kind and loving son. Brody happens to be an incredibly talented visionary, entrepreneur and loving husband to Bethany.  May is also the month we recognize Mother’s Day. I have [...]

2803, 2017

Moving beyond this Healthcare Headache

March 28th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

1203, 2017

Entrepreneurship is a Family Business

March 12th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

702, 2017

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

February 7th, 2017|Categories: 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, [...]

610, 2016

Are you leading or labeling your multigenerational team?

October 6th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

1905, 2016

Tackling the Patient Experience Dilemma

May 19th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

2604, 2016

Take the wrinkle out of the dress code conversation.

April 26th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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