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Over the last ten years, over 100 rural hospitals have closed their doors. Roughly one in three rural hospitals have been identified as “at risk.” If there was ever a need for strong leadership, that time is now. RHLR’s mission is to provide a forum to have conversations with rural health leaders to discuss and share ideas about what is working, what is not working, lessons learned, success stories, strategies, things to avoid and anything else you want to talk and hear about. RHLR provides a voice for rural health. The only investment is your time, and our goal is to make sure you receive a huge return on your investment. For more information, visit www.rhlradio.com or e-mail bill@billauxier.com.
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Now displaying: October, 2018
Oct 29, 2018

David Conejo is the CEO of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) in Gallup, New Mexico.  He has been running hospitals since the time Richard Nixon was President, with more than 30 years of experience in the position of CEO for multiple healthcare facilities throughout the United States.  He has worked in hospitals in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico.

 “Somebody coming to see us may have 100-mile trip, of which 80 is on muddy roads.” 

 “We’ve been able to acquire a bus that we’re going to be taking out to the reservation to different locations.” 

 He was exposed to working in healthcare while in high school, where he worked as a volunteer in a psychiatric hospital where is mother was employed.  After high school, he served in the Marine Corps for a few years.  Once finished with his military service, he returned to healthcare where he worked his way up, advancing his career into supervisory and leadership roles.

David was educated at Columbia Pacific University in Novato, CA.

Oct 22, 2018

Dr. Mike Maxwell is the CEO of North Olympic Healthcare Network in Port Angeles, Washington. He began his career in 1991 as a partner in Family Medicine of Port Angeles and greatly enjoys the practice of full-spectrum family medicine which included High-Risk Obstetrics for 25 years. Even though he serves as the Chief Executive Officer for NOHN, he continues to practice part-time medicine.

“We had to find a different path and that’s when we chose to transition to a community health center.”

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Dr. Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Seattle University, Summa Cum Laude. He received his Medical Degree with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency through the University of Washington in Spokane.

His professional interests are diabetes, heart disease, chronic disease management, quality improvement and health care administration. He enjoys teaching as clinical instructor for the University Of Washington Department Of Family Medicine.

In his free time, you’ll find Dr. Maxwell backcountry hiking, cycling, traveling, or playing guitar.

Oct 16, 2018

Mary Shores is the Owner and CEO of Midstate Collection Solutions. As the founder and CEO of what has been called one of the most unique collection agencies in the country, her philosophy of maintaining a positive approach to life and to debt collection has re-framed her entire organization and the lives of those she’s trained.

“We’re collecting debt in a way where we’re truly focused on building connection, rapport and trust with the patient.”

Mary is also a best-selling Hay House personal development author, and a businesswoman who discovered a roadmap for how to get in control of your own life. Check out her book, Conscious Communications.

Mary has a free gift for all Rural Health Leadership Radio™ listeners. She is offering you a free miniature Words That Work workbook download. It’s a value-packed 11-page workbook with Mary’s proven tips and tricks to level up your communication. Here’s the download for listeners: http://maryshores.com/mini-wtw

If you would like to connect with Mary, her contact information is:

217-351-1888
www.maryshores.com
info@maryshores.com

Oct 8, 2018

Portia Brown is the Vice President at Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital located in Luray, Virginia. She has 35 years of healthcare experience to include 30 years in leadership positions working in large and small hospitals, a 1000 bed Veterans Administration hospital, academic facility, and Martin Marietta contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We added a pharmacist to help support our patient care in our rural health clinics…She supports patients with opioid prescriptions and substance use disorders…discusses a narcotic contract with the patient and the patient signs that contract.”

Portia has a passion for patient safety, risk reduction, performance improvement, patient experience and providing an environment where staff and physicians have a great place to work and patients to receive high quality compassionate care.

She received undergraduate degrees in laboratory technology and medical technology from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. Portia is a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ), patient safety (CPPS), and healthcare risk management (CPHRM) as well as Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Currently, Portia serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Rural Healthcare Association as well as on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Oct 2, 2018

Ray Rogers is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Center for Health Care Informatics (NCHCI) and The Praxis Center for Innovative Learning located in Butte, Montana. Ray serves as the CEO for the NCHCI, a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the management of health care data, information, and knowledge. His company is leading an effort to develop the Praxis Center for Innovative Learning - a $35 million, 70,000+ square foot rural healthcare simulation training center. This will be the nation's first independent, non-profit, non-affiliated medical simulation training center dedicated specifically to the needs of rural healthcare practitioners.

“Mastery is achieved through practice.”

Ray has extensive experience developing simulation training for the USAF Special Operations Forces (Pararescuemen). He has hosted regional conferences and has spoken to audiences nationally on the topics of electronic medical records, personal health records, and health information exchange. He has also worked with Hewlett Packard and CrossFlo System on a syndromic surveillance Health Information Exchange (HIE) demonstration project, and served as a lead planner for the past three Montana Economic Development Summits hosted by Senator Max Baucus. 

Ray has over 15 years’ experience in higher education administration, fundraising, marketing, and business development, 13 years’ experience working in the field of health care informatics, and 5 years as a marketing engineer for a full-service environmental consulting company.

In 2001, Ray led an effort on behalf of the Montana University System to create the nation’s first undergraduate degree in Health Care Informatics.

He is a part-time faculty member at Montana Tech.

Ray holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a MS degree in Technical Communications.

Ray has three grown children and enjoys skiing, running, hiking and fly-fishing.

You can reach Ray by email at rrogers@mtech.edu.

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