Rural Health Leadership Radio™

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Nov 29, 2016

Dr. James Michael Keegan is an infectious disease specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the medical field and serves as the PYA’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program Service Line Leader.  Throughout his career of practicing medicine, Dr. Keegan has taken an active role in improving the quality of healthcare and patient outcomes by serving in numerous medical director and hospital executive leadership positions.  Dr. Keegan has taken special interest in solving the negative impact of the over reliance on broad-spectrum antibiotics and has designed and implemented numerous and successful antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) that have shown to decrease the incidence of drug-resistant bacteria.

“When we interact with rural hospitals, particularly critical access hospitals, there’s an opportunity to influence the prescribing patterns of the whole community."

Some of the titles Dr. Keegan has held include Medical Director of Antibiotic Stewardship, Medical Director of infection control, Chief Medical Officer, & Chief Executive Officer at healthcare facilities in South Dakota.  He founded a healthcare consulting firm centered around the provision of antibiotic stewardship programs for hospitals and communities across the country and is a consultant to the South Dakota Department of Health regarding antibiotic stewardship.  Dr. Keegan has also served as a Clinical Associate Professor at University of South Dakota School of Medicine and authored multiple articles and publications related to antibiotic stewardship and other infectious disease-related topics.

Nov 22, 2016

Gary currently serves as both Senior Faculty and Vice President of Education Operations for the Association for Rural Healthcare Professional Coding (ARHPC) while serving the state and federally-funded medical community.  Gary has a particular focus on helping Rural Health, Federally-Qualified, Public, and School-based Health Centers to manage the integration of clinical documentation regulations into their healthcare organization’s business operations such as professional coding, medical billing, and compliance auditing, by educating staff who can carry out a plan to unify its people, its processes, and its supporting technologies. 

“These people see that survival doesn’t always equal success."

Gary’s primary focus with the ARHPC is to create educational collaborations with state rural health, primary care, and hospital associations who seek to help the careers of their members and improve the financial success of their member medical facilities through ongoing education. He earned his Masters of Science in Health Informatics degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago in March 2014 preceded by a degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 1994.

He enjoys attending sporting events, finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants, playing and watching live music, and making his 2 sons laugh.

Nov 15, 2016


Teryl Eisinger is the Executive Director of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, a national nonprofit membership organization that represents the 50 State Offices of Rural Health around the nation.

Created in 1995, NOSORH serves as an influential voice for rural health concerns and promotes a healthy rural America through state and community leadership.

“We were standing on a street corner in DC and Karen Madden, who was still the Director of the State Office of Rural Health for New York said, "Hey, we should have a National Rural Health Day."

A long-time health care professional, Eisinger has worked in rural health and health promotion for underserved populations for the past 20 years. Prior to taking the helm of NOSORH, Eisinger was assistant director of the Nevada Office of Rural Health and the Northeastern Nevada Area Health Education Center.

Throughout her career, Eisinger has overseen a wide array of programming initiatives, including interdisciplinary training, state loan repayment, rural health outreach, abstinence education and other federally funded programs. She has also provided volunteer leadership to various rural and urban non-profit organizations focused on economic development and rural health such as the St. John Community Health Advisory Group, Technical Assistance Services Center, Rural Health Information Hub, and Rural Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Eisinger served as past chair of Nevada Rural Health Centers, a large community health center with many locations throughout the state.

Teryl is a member of the National Rural Health Association, the Michigan Society of Association Executives, and the American Society of Association Executives. She received her undergraduate degree in allied health management from Northern Arizona University and holds a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Nevada-Reno. She has taught communication, marketing and business skills courses at Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada.

Nov 8, 2016

Improving the health status of people in America’s most underserved communities has been the mission and calling of Benjamin Anderson, who currently serves as CEO of Kearny County Hospital, a comprehensive rural health complex located in southwest Kansas.

Anderson has received national acclaim for his work in physician recruitment, health promotion, women’s health initiatives, rural healthcare delivery innovation, and research-based transitions from volume to value.  His work has been featured by National Public Radio, Sports Illustrated, ABC News, the Associated Press, and in nearly every major healthcare publication.  He regularly leads teams of people to serve at Eden Children’s Village, an orphanage and medical clinic in northern Zimbabwe.

“One of the key things that I try to talk about is, the providers grew up in one culture and the administrators grew up in another culture. That culture may be in the same hospital, but they could've been miles apart.”

His career in healthcare administration began in 2009 as CEO of Ashland Health Center, a struggling hospital and the only healthcare provider in a Kansas town of 900 people.   There, he led an effort that dramatically revitalized the community’s healthcare services, recruiting and retaining several medical providers to serve a multi-county area on the border of Kansas and Oklahoma.  

Benjamin holds Bachelor of English and Master of Business Administration degrees from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.  This January, he completed the course work for his Master of Healthcare Delivery Science degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  He and his wife, Kaila, have four children ages 3, 3, 1 and 1.

Nov 1, 2016

Dr. Davis is an experienced senior physician with a unique skill set derived from his service as a hospital interim C.E.O., the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Medical Officer, President of the Medical Staff, and entrepreneur, along with 28 years of running a diverse clinical practice.  Dr. Davis has proven leadership and financial management expertise as demonstrated by his role in a hospital turnaround and the operation of a profitable private business.

“One of the key things that I try to talk about is, the providers grew up in one culture and the administrators grew up in another culture. That culture may be in the same hospital, but they could've been miles apart.”

Dr. Davis received an M.B.A. from Isenberg School of Management, he is a member of the International Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Massachusetts.  In addition to all that, Dr. Davis is a physician Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.