Rural Health Leadership Radio™

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Jan 31, 2017

David Frum is the CEO and president of both Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals, two critical access hospitals in Maine. Both hospitals earned the recognition of being among the top 20 critical access hospitals in 2016 by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

Additionally, Bridgton Hospital was named a top hospital in the small and rural category at the end of 2016 by The Leapfrog Group, an honor given to only 21 hospitals across the country. Bridgton was also the only hospital in the state of Maine to achieve top quartile performance in all four quadrants of their balanced scorecard. David emphasizes cross training and using employee’s complete skillsets to achieve organizational greatness.

"I really think, if there's a core to the secret sauce, a key ingredient, that's probably it - just thinking about who you have at the table, who's working for you and what are the skills that they might bring to the table that are over and above the department they currently sit in."

Prior to his current role, David has held multiple leadership positions. David was president and CEO of St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, Indiana, a 96-bed facility just north of Louisville, Kentucky. David was also the Vice President of the Baptist Healthcare System in Louisville, Kentucky and Regional Vice President at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas. David has experience in hospital management, medical staff relations, business development and strategic planning. He holds a Masters in Hospital Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on health policy from Louisiana State University.

Jan 24, 2017

Les Lacy currently serves as the Vice President of Regional Operations at Great Plains Health Alliance. Great Plains Health Alliance is a non-profit organization of leased, managed and affiliated hospitals in Kansas and Nebraska committed to rural healthcare and the management of rural hospitals.

“Healthcare is a really important component for the quality of life in these small areas. It's a piece of community. It supports the economy.”

He has worked in the healthcare industry since 1977, and has worked in every area of the hospital throughout his career. Among several positions, Les has been a Registered Nurse since 1982, and operated as the Administrator of Cheyenne County Hospital for almost 20 years prior to accepting his current position. Additionally, Les has served as an examiner for the Kansas Award for Excellence, the Kansas version of the Baldridge Program and the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Review Board.

Jan 17, 2017

Michael Glasser, PhD, serves as the Associate Dean for Rural Health Professions, and is a Research Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He helped establish the internationally recognized Rural Medical Education Program at the Rockford campus, and the interdisciplinary National Center for Rural Health Professions, a designated center of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. In 2013, he was named the George T. & Mildred A. Mitchell Endowed Professor in Rural and Family Medicine.

“In this day of technology and distance learning and all that, which is great and does help, you also have to go out into the community and actually meet the people and work with them directly.”

Dr. Glasser has served as Principal Investigator on many grants, including Export Center for Rural Health, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has extensive research experience in the fields of rural medicine and pharmacy students’ career pathways.

Currently, Dr. Glasser directs the National Center for Rural Health Professions, and is co-director of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford Public Health Program. He is also a Co-Editor of Education for Health, an international health sciences journal. Additionally, Dr. Glasser is Co-Investigator for the University of Illinois College Hispanic Center of Excellence, created to examine and develop career opportunities in health for youth in rural areas. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Native American Pathways Program in Rockford, encouraging and supporting Native American Youth and the pursuit of health careers.

Jan 10, 2017

Leslie Marsh is the CEO of Lexington Regional Health Center, a critical access hospital in Lexington, Nebraska. Under Leslie’s leadership, Lexington Regional Health Center has expanded services and won numerous national awards for quality and patient satisfaction. She has led the hospital through many changes, including the addition of urgent care and family medicine clinics.

I think that leaders must model the way, and they have to drive change.”

Leslie is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and in Management and Health Policy from Yale University. In 2015, she was awarded the 2015 Nebraska Rural Health Achievement in Excellence and was also recognized as one of 130 “Women to Know in Hospital and Health Systems” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Jan 3, 2017

Manu Khare, PhD, is a re research assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, with specific interests in obesity and chronic disease risk reduction in underserved populations and women’s health. Her research uses community-based behavioral lifestyle change interventions to motivate women by providing them with skills to increase physical activity and approved eating behaviors.

“There is a give and take between the two sides, and we are actively consciously trying to listen to what the community is saying.”

Martin MacDowell, DrPH, is a research professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. In that role, he guides curriculum development evaluation and student education in the rural physician and pharmacy programs, and is also a faculty member in the public health program. His scholarly and consulting interests focus on program evaluation, health services research and population health epidemiologic research, and he has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented at many national meetings. Prior to working for the University of Illinois, Dr. MacDowell was a tenured faculty member in Xavier University’s graduate program in health services administration.

“You begin to get this culture of health going, where people think about the importance of their behavior in relation to what happens. For a long time in the U.S., we sort of left that to the medical community, and now, a lot of evidence shows that what you do yourself has a big impact on your health.”

Together, Dr. Khare and Dr. MacDowell created Win with Wellness, a multicomponent, collaborative, community-based initiative formed to address obesity and chronic disease risk in two rural Illinois counties.