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Locals included in KHA Leadership Institute graduates
Courtesy photo The Kansas Hospital Association’s Leadership Institute graduates are pictured.

The Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute graduated its 20th class of 33 students on Sept. 8, at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Overland Park. 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, said Chad Austin, president and CEO of the association. “We are committed to strengthening and promoting the leadership capacity of hospital employees in Kansas.”

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 2022 Leadership Institute class represented a wide geographic distribution of Kansas hospitals with representation from all parts of the state. Students had experience in health care for as little as a year to more than 20 years. Several students have been in management positions while others were new managers. Some students also supervise other staff, from a few to more than 50 employees. 

Austin noted that the students nominated to participate in this program were not selected because they needed to learn “management skills.” They were nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be future leaders and wanted to help cultivate that development. Each of these students made a personal and professional commitment to expand their skills by attending all six courses of the Leadership Institute. 

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 grassroots advocacy. Course 3 focused on team building - including how to lead a team and how to be part of a team, and Course 4 examined conflict and conflict management. Courses 5 was at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show. Students learned about the challenges facing health care. 

Local KHA Leadership Institute Class of 2022 graduates include: Tyler Brown, Clara Barton Medical Center, Hoisington; Jewel Davis, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned; Melissa Jensen, The University of Kansas Health System, Great Bend Campus, Great Bend; and Jennifer Thomas, Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons.