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Rural Health Leadership Radio™

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: November, 2021
Nov 30, 2021

After working in various parts of the country, Erica Johnson-Lockett fulfilled her promise to the elders of her community and returned home. That “homegrown kid” is now the Chief Nursing Officer of Bolivar General Hospital in Bolivar, TN.

“I asked the team what they saw as some of the biggest challenges versus asking the leaders of the facility.”

~Erica Johnson-Lockett

Erica Johnson-Lockett began her nursing career in 2007 on a telemetry ward. Later, she transitioned to the ICU. During her career, she has been a Corrections Infirmary Nurse, Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor, Home Health Clinical Supervisor, Patient Safety-Risk Management Specialist, Patient Safety Manager & Acting Risk Manager. Currently, she is the CNO for the hospital in her home county.

Erica enjoys community service activities, mentoring adults and high school seniors. Lifelong learning is a passion and she has the ability to teach herself essential functions of career roles. Erica always shares what she has learned with others in addition to learning from them.

Collaboration, communication, listening, and flexibility are the key skills that make Erica an influential, innovative, and dynamic leader. She will never forget where she originated from or the struggles she has faced.

Nov 23, 2021

On this week’s episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, we’re talking to a nurse trying to make a difference in the Appalachian region. Robyn Seamon has earned advanced degrees, studied, and conducted research to help prepare her to serve Appalachian residents.

“The Appalachian region has the highest number of every chronic disease we look at.”

~Robyn Seamon

Robyn is a Certified Transcultural Nurse who is passionate about seeing the health of people radically transformed in the Appalachian Region. Facilitating improvement in the high rates of health disparities in the Appalachian Region is her heartfelt desire. As a Registered Nurse for over 35 years, she has had many diverse experiences, including hospital nursing, home health and hospice, a startup clinic at a homeless shelter, and various volunteer experiences.

Robyn holds a Master of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies. She is the owner of Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consulting and regularly provides Appalachian-focused professional development workshops and consultation services.

Nov 16, 2021

On this week’s episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, we’re talking about the importance of community engagement. Jessica Fisher, CEO of Tri Valley Health System, shares what she and her leadership team have accomplished through community engagement, collaboration and the implementation of a few different change initiatives.

“The community is really what drives the additional services we need to offer.”

~Jessica Fisher

Jessica has a Master of Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. She earned a Bachelor and Associates Degree from Fort Hays State University. Jessica also has a certification in Leadership, Human Resource Management and is a certified Phlebotomist through the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She comes to Tri Valley with a wealth of health care experience. Most recently she was the Director of Operations at Valley Hope Association, headquartered in her hometown of Norton, Kansas.

Valley Hope is an organization that provides residential and outpatient addiction treatment in seven states and 16 service locations. Prior to that Jessica was the Human Resources and Education Director at Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis, Kansas and was the Inpatient Clinical Services Manager at Hays Medical Center, in Hays, Kansas, while providing services to Pawnee Community Hospital in Larned, Kansas and St. Rose Medical Pavilion in Great Bend, Kansas. Jessica strongly believes in effective healthcare systems providing quality patient care with positive patient outcomes along with delivering cost-effective and affordable healthcare services.

Nov 9, 2021

This week’s episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio is a special episode to honor all our country’s veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. Most VA hospitals are in metropolitan areas, making it difficult for veterans living in rural America to receive care there. With around half of our veterans living in rural America, that is just one of the challenges they face, access to care. This week we’re talking about that and more with the CEO of Coal County General Hospital, Trent Bourland. Trent served in the United States Air Force for 10 years and knows first-hand the challenges all rural residents face with it comes to access to care, particularly the challenges veterans are dealing with.

“Be patient with veterans as much as you can. A lot of them are frustrated because they don’t understand how the system works.”

~Trent Bourland

Trent Bourland is the CEO of Coal County Healthcare Authority located in Coalgate, Ok., which operates a 20-bed critical access hospital, three rural health clinics, and a 75-bed long-term care facility. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has a master's degree in business from Southern Nazarene University.

Nov 2, 2021

If you’re not changing, not trying to look into the future, you’re not moving forward. When Josh Conlee became the CEO of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, he and his team looked at a variety of things: how they were doing, where the market was going, what they did well, and what they didn’t do very well. I hope you’ll listen in to our conversation.

“We are a proud community and we wanted to show people that we were moving forward in many ways.”

~Josh Conlee

Josh Conlee earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Business Administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Additionally, he earned a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, Arkansas. Josh is currently the President of Lawrence Healthcare in Walnut Ridge, AR where his duties include the oversight of Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Lawrence Hall Health and Rehabilitation.

He previously held positions as the Administrative Director at UAMS North Central, Manager of Strategic Implementation, and Administrative Fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Health Center. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). He was the recipient of the 2019 ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. Josh is married to his wife, Kailey, and they have two daughters, Stella and Avery.

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