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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.

Rural Health Leadership Radio‪™‬ Dr. Bill Auxier

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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.

    A Conversation about “The Fearless Organization” by Amy Edmondson

    A Conversation about “The Fearless Organization” by Amy Edmondson

    In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, Dr. Bill Auxier reflects on his recent experience at the Coaching and Leadership in Healthcare event co-hosted by Harvard Medical School, the Institute of Coaching, and McLean Hospital. He discusses the concept of "intelligent failure" as presented by Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson, emphasizing the importance of distinguishing intelligent failures, which are well-considered and lead to valuable learnings, from mere sloppy mistakes. The discussion explores how embracing intelligent failures can foster innovation and growth within organizations and the pivotal role of leadership particularly in rural settings.
    “Intelligent failure happens all the time. It happens in science, in industry innovation projects, in sports, and even in ordinary life." 
    -Dr. Bill Auxier
    "The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth" by Amy Edmondson is a pivotal guide for fostering an environment where innovation and engagement are forefront. This book argues that the traditional workplace culture of conformity and silence is detrimental in today's knowledge-driven economy. Instead, it champions a culture where it's safe to share ideas, ask questions, and admit mistakes. 
    Edmondson presents practical strategies for creating psychological safety, enhancing team performance, and encouraging the open exchange of ideas to fuel innovation and growth. The book offers a blueprint for leaders looking to nurture a climate of transparency and openness, ensuring that every team member feels valued and heard, thereby driving organizational success. You can purchase a copy of the book here: The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth: Edmondson, Amy C.: 9781119477242: Amazon.com: Books

    • 35 min
    REPLAY: A Conversation with Dr. Emma Watson

    REPLAY: A Conversation with Dr. Emma Watson

    When you think about rural healthcare, you may not think about Scotland, but Scotland has some very rural areas that deal with similar issues we deal with in rural America.  Hear about what they are doing in rural Scotland to deliver health and wellbeing to their residents, by listening to our conversation with Dr. Emma Watson, 2021-22 U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice Deputy Medical Director at NHS Highland.
    “NHS Highland delivers integrated health and social care, so it is not just about illness.”
    ~Dr. Emma Watson
    Dr. Emma Watson MSc, FRCPath, FRCPEd is a 2020-21 UK Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice.  A Consultant Medical Microbiologist by background and a senior clinical systems leader in Scotland, she is an expert in quality improvement and in medical education and workforce planning.  Emma is Deputy Medical Director in NHS Highland which is, geographically, one of the largest and most sparsely populated combined health and social care systems in the UK.  She is also a senior medical adviser in the Scottish Government.  In both roles her focus is on developing innovative approaches to ensuring equitable access to high quality health care services with a sustainable healthcare workforce, particularly in remote and rural areas.  
    Emma has led a number of major change programs including the development of Scotland’s first graduate entry medical school.  Emma previously held a post in the Scottish Government as Clinical Lead for the Scottish Patient Safety Program during which time she ensured quality improvement methodology translated from the development of health policy and strategy through to implementation across the entirety of the Scottish healthcare system.  Scotland was the first country in the world to implement a patient safety program on a whole system basis at national level.  As Director of Medical Education in NHS Highland she focused on the delivery of high quality medical education as a tool to increase recruitment and attract young doctors to the region as well as ensuring there is now an established programme to encourage young people from the area to go to medical school.  During the COVID-19 pandemic she led the clinical response in her region and ensured there was a whole system approach to manage the impact of the virus.  

    • 35 min
    A Conversation with Michael Hassel

    A Conversation with Michael Hassel

    In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, Michael Hassell, CEO of Melissa Memorial Hospital in Colorado, discusses his journey from paramedic to hospital executive. Hassell discusses his strategic focus on community-centric initiatives, like enhancing local orthopedic services and integrating telemedicine. He also shares insights on effective collaboration through the Eastern Plains Health Consortium, underscoring the value of collective action in addressing rural healthcare challenges.
    “Being rural should be seen less as a location and more like a proclamation of our dedication to creating stronger, sustainable healthcare.”
    -Michael Hassel
    Michael Hassell is the CEO of Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colorado. His experience includes roles in healthcare leadership, incident command, and consulting. Notable positions include Deputy Incident Commander for Region 7 All Hazards Incident Command in Florida during the COVID-19 crisis. He has also held management positions at various healthcare facilities, demonstrating expertise in leadership development, operations, safety, emergency management, and service line expansion. 
    Michael is a Fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a certification from the National Rural Health Association, and an adjunct professor for Regis University.  He holds a Bachelor's of Science and Master of Business Administration and enjoys camping and spending time with his two daughters. 

    • 48 min
    A Conversation with Kevin Stansbury

    A Conversation with Kevin Stansbury

    In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, Kevin Stansbury, CEO of Lincoln Community Hospital in Colorado, shares his diverse and extensive experience in healthcare, including his time working internationally and his transition into rural healthcare leadership. He emphasizes the critical role of rural hospitals in providing essential services and the personal connections that enhance community healthcare. Kevin passionately advocates for more significant investment in rural healthcare infrastructure and policies that support the sustainability and advancement of health services in rural areas.
    “The people who work in rural and frontier healthcare, we're so connected to our communities... It's that connection with community that is delightful and really reassuring”
    -Kevin Stansbury
    Kevin Stansbury serves as the CEO at Lincoln Health in Hugo, CO. Kevin has over 35 years in healthcare, primarily in community hospitals.  He has served in roles in hospital administration, strategic planning, healthcare project planning and service in emerging economies.  His work has taken him not only across the United States but all over the globe, including Bangladesh, Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Hospital Association Board of Trustees as Immediate Past Chair. He has also served on various State and National task forces supporting rural health. 
    Recently Mr. Stansbury was appointed by Governor Polis to the Colorado Option Advisory Committee.  He also serves on the Colorado e-Health Commission. Mr. Stansbury is a founding member of the Eastern Plains Health Consortium.  He received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming; MS in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University and he received his JD with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Kevin and his wife Jennifer have three grown children, a daughter in Castle Rock with one of their grandchildren, a daughter and son-in-law in Firestone, Colorado with their other five grandchildren; and a son who lives in Wichita, Kansas

    • 49 min
    A Conversation with Kristin Juliar

    A Conversation with Kristin Juliar

    In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, hosted by Bill Auxier and Sydney Grant, guest Kristen Juliar, a capital resources consultant with the National Organization for State Offices of Rural Health, discusses her journey into rural healthcare. In our discussion with Kristin, she talks about the importance of understanding rural healthcare needs and highlights various successful partnerships and projects that integrate healthcare with broader community services. Kristin helps rural communities sustain healthcare services by engaging partnerships and accessing capital resources.
    “There is a ton of expertise out there, so don’t be afraid to tap into that”
    -Kristin Juliar
    Kristin Juliar is a seasoned consultant with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, where she leads the Rural Health Capital Resources Council and Center. She has an extensive background in rural health and community development, having previously directed the Montana Office of Rural Health and the Montana Area Health Education Center at Montana State University for 16 years. Before her tenure in Montana, she directed Minnesota's Healthcare Education-Industry Partnership and served as Executive Director of a rural development organization. Juliar is actively involved in various national rural health committees, including the Executive Committee of the National Rural Health Resource Center and the AHA Population and Community Health Advisory Committee. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Regional Studies.

    • 27 min
    A Conversation with Alana Monson

    A Conversation with Alana Monson

    In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, hosted by Dr. Bill Auxier and Sydney Grant, we welcome another young rural health leader, Alana Monson Administrative Fellow at Trinity Health in Des Moines, Iowa. Just months after graduating with a Master's in Health Administration, Alana found herself in the role of interim CEO at Manning Regional Healthcare Center, a critical access hospital close to her hometown in Iowa. 
    In our conversation, she discusses how she rapidly transitioned her leadership skills, adapting to the role thanks to a lot of trust from her team. Her story is a testament to the potential for young leaders to make significant contributions to healthcare in rural settings.
    “If you were ever facing a challenge or responsibility that might seem daunting to you, just do it because your future will thank you for the growth”
    -Alana Monson
    Alana Monson is an administrative fellow with Trinity Health – MercyOne in Des Moines, Iowa and recently served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa. Alana grew up in rural Western Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2020 and Master of Health Administration in 2023. 
    While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked with classmates to form the Student Association for Rural Health. In addition to her experience as CEO at a critical access hospital, Alana also has experience working for a Medicare administrative contractor, an academic medical center, a health system, and serving on the Iowa Rural Health Association board.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

Tinnadavid ,

A must listen for Rural Health Leaders!

I have been listening to RHR for a while now because I met Bill and Sydney during some training. Hate to admit it but at 62 years old I’m still learning and pretty much everything RHR does is hugely educational and it always hits the mark.

Doesn’t matter of you are new to Healthcare Leadership in Rural America or an old hand - there is something in it for you!

Thank you guys for all you do!

Fav star cinema ,

What an amazing resource for rural healthcare leadership!

I love the variety of perspectives Bill brings to his podcast. Leadership can take many forms and you can hear them all on this podcast series. The tips embedded in each session are valuable as well, there is so much to learn! Thank you for this amazing and free resource.

WillBrig ,

Learn about todays leaders today

Bill does a excellent job in talking with current Healthcare leaders about issues we are facing today as an industry. The podcast allows you to get to know the individual and learn from their unique experiences in healthcare. I have yet to be disappointed by the guests as I always learn something new.

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