Rural Health Leadership Radio™

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Oct 31, 2017

This week’s guest is Davis Patterson, PhD.  Davis is a sociologist and a research assistant professor in the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He is Director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and an investigator in the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies.  Dr. Patterson’s research and evaluation activities seek to inform policy and improve rural and underserved populations’ access to healthcare, with a particular focus on the health workforce.


“Our work really gives leaders at all levels, local, state, federal, the information they need to advocate for change.”


His current research includes studies examining the commitment of health professions schools to produce rural practitioners, graduate medical education for rural practice, rural emergency medical services, workforce solutions to ensure patient access to oral health care, and factors affecting provision of home health services to rural patients.

He is a member of the advisory committee of AcademyHealth’s Health Workforce Interest Group and the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (of the National Association of State EMS Officials and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health). He is an avid traveler and fluent in Spanish.

Oct 24, 2017

This week’s guest is Leslie Hall, the Executive Director of the Michigan Rural EMS Network (MiREMS). Leslie has been the Executive Director since the organization was created in 2011. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Huron-Sanilac EMS Network. Leslie actively initiated the organizational structure and expansion of MiREMS from a two-county initiative to a statewide network.

“Leadership is really having a vision that you can clearly communicate and then having the passion to translate that vision into reality.”

Leslie led the organization as Project Director during the implementation of six separate multi-year federal grant programs. At the same time she created a foundation of connections and relationships throughout Michigan and across the country with EMS leaders, medical control authorities, hospital CEOs, legislators, healthcare professionals, and organizations which serve the unique healthcare needs of rural populations.

As Executive Director, Leslie has initiated and supported collaborative networking efforts of EMS services, EMS professionals, and stakeholders.

She graduated from Central Michigan University with Master of Applied Arts degree in Public Health Education.

Oct 17, 2017

This week’s guest is Roger Wells, Physician Assistant at Howard County Medical Center.  Roger grew up in Central Nebraska on a farm raising hogs and cattle, and is proud to have been a farm kid. Growing up he attended school with a total of 17 people in his class.  He learned about what devotion is to his farm and family and got up in the morning with his dad to do the necessary farm chores.

“Leadership occurs when someone who has passion about an issue develops influence and impacts others to establish the coordination of efforts to accomplish a common goal.”

Roger went on to college earning degrees to become an athletic trainer, continuing his education to earn a master’s degree. After helping care for an automobile accident victim, he realized his passion for healthcare and went back to school to become a physician assistant.

Roger is active in with the National Advisory Commission on Rural Health and Human Services/Federal Office of Rural Public Policy, the National Rural Health Association, the Nebraska Governor’s Rural Health Advisory Commission, the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska Rural Health Association.  

Awards he has received include:

  • Nebraska Rural Health Association – Achievement in Excellence Award-2013
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center – Physician Assistant Distinguished Alumnus Award-2014
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center – Allied Health Volunteer Faculty of the Year-2016


Oct 10, 2017

This week’s guest is Amanda Basso, President of CSuite Consulting. Amanda is an experienced, adaptable healthcare CEO, accustomed to the integration of new healthcare delivery systems and restructuring of work in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Amanda enjoys using her skills at communicating, organizing and solving problems to raise the stature and rankings of healthcare facilities. She is an accomplished CEO who proudly maintains a highly productive, efficient and quality driven environment.

“Leadership is the act of leading others by providing vision and direction so that they’re really inspired to follow.”

Amanda is a Registered Nurse with an MSN and MBA, who has served in healthcare leadership roles for over 18 years. Before becoming a hospital CEO, Amanda worked her way up hospital leadership ranks as Nursing Department Director and then a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Amanda loves Healthcare Leadership and has a passion for operations.

Amanda is President of CSuite Consulting, a leadership consulting company where the mission is to bring the passion for leadership alive into organizations by igniting a spark or fanning the flame so that exceptional leadership is the true cornerstone in those served.

Amanda is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, and Certified DiSC Administrator.

Oct 3, 2017

This week’s guest is Dr. Tim Putnam, CEO of Margaret Mary Health.  Tim began his career in healthcare in 1983 working in clinical laser and minimally invasive surgery research.  For the last fifteen years he has worked exclusively in rural healthcare leadership and is currently CEO of Margaret Mary Health, a Critical Access Hospital in Batesville, Indiana.   

Tim currently chairs the National Rural Health Association’s Policy Congress:

“The Rural Health Congress… (is about) making sure we get everybody’s voice heard and presented in a way that people understand… the more good people we have on Policy Congress, the more robust the policy positions are and the better we can tell our story.”

Tim also chairs the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and the Indiana Board of Graduate Medical Education. Additionally, he serves on several other regional and national healthcare boards.

In 2015, he was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and serves in that capacity with Batesville Fire and EMS.

Tim has degrees from Vincennes University, Oakland City University, University of Southern Indiana and received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.