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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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    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

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 with Will Cooke (Part 2)

    A Conversation with Will Cooke (Part 2)

    Can you believe that the world’s worst outbreak of HIV happened in a rural community in Southern Indiana? In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, we continue the conversation with Dr. Will Cooke, who shares his story of being the sole practitioner in this rural community challenged with this incredible healthcare issue.
    “We had threats to my life, people threatened to burn down the clinic, there was a lot of pushback”
    ~Will Cooke
    William Cooke, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, AAHIVS, is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, specializing in family medicine, addiction medicine, and HIV medicine. His work has been covered by CBS, NBC, PBS, the BBC, USA Today, the New York Times, NPR, and others. In 2019, Dr. Cooke was named National Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians and joined the ranks of two US surgeons general and a former secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services in receiving the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award. He was also the first physician to be awarded the Pillar of Excellence by Addiction Policy Forum.
    Dr. Cooke lives in his hometown of New Albany, Indiana, with his wife, Melissa, and six children.
    Learn more at:
    www.canaryinthecoalminebook.com

    • 33 min
    A Conversation with Will Cooke

    A Conversation with Will Cooke

    What would you do if you were the lone physician living and practicing in a forgotten rural community while facing the world’s worst outbreak of HIV? Would you believe this actually happened in a rural community in Southern Indiana? Hear Dr. Will Cooke’s story about his roller coaster of emotions and challenges that he experienced as he dealt with this hidden epidemic.
    “The circumstances into which someone is born and raised has a lot to do with their health outcomes.”
    ~Will Cooke
    William Cooke, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, AAHIVS, is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, specializing in family medicine, addiction medicine, and HIV medicine. His work has been covered by CBS, NBC, PBS, the BBC, USA Today, the New York Times, NPR, and others. In 2019, Dr. Cooke was named National Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians and joined the ranks of two US surgeons general and a former secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services in receiving the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award. He was also the first physician to be awarded the Pillar of Excellence by Addiction Policy Forum.
    Dr. Cooke lives in his hometown of New Albany, Indiana, with his wife, Melissa, and six children.
    Learn more at:
    www.canaryinthecoalminebook.com

    • 32 min
    A Conversation with Julie Leonard

    A Conversation with Julie Leonard

    What are some of the financial challenges rural hospitals face? What are some creative solutions? We’re talking about that and more this week in our conversation with Julie Leonard, CFO of Boundary Community Hospital.
    “That program was the greatest program I would say I have been in and would recommend it to anybody.”
    ~Julie Leonard
    Julie Leonard is the CFO of Boundary Community Hospital (BCH) in Bonners Ferry ID.  BCH is a 20-bed critical access hospital with an attached 28-bed long-term care facility.  Julie has earned 2 master’s degrees – 1st in International Business and Finance and the 2nd in Health Care Administration and is a graduate of the first NRHA Rural Hospital CEO Certification program February 2020 cohort.
    Julie and her husband are avid hikers and mountain bikers so living in rural Idaho gives us everything we want and need to live life as we love it.  Being able to live and work in rural Idaho is even better!  

    • 33 min
    A Conversation with Chris Thompson

    A Conversation with Chris Thompson

    During his time in community economic development, Chris has led efforts to develop a unique community engagement model known as a community trust, assisted in the development of a small business accelerator model featured in a documentary, facilitated community engagements throughout the United States, and has spoken on community development issues at various conferences, and on various media.

    • 38 min
    A Conversation with Vijay Chauhan

    A Conversation with Vijay Chauhan

    Vijay Chauhan talks about innovations that are making a big impact on rural health and rural communities. Global STL is an organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, that is bringing innovators from around the world together to make a difference in peoples’ lives with a particular focus on rural America.

    • 40 min
    A Conversation with Kevin DeRonde

    A Conversation with Kevin DeRonde

    In this episode of Rural Health Leadership Radio, we’re talking about some of the unique things Kevin DeRonde and his dynamic team are doing at Mahaska Health, a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital located in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
    “One of the first things we did at Mahaska Health is we reversed the organizational chart.”
    ~Kevin DeRonde
    Kevin DeRonde grew up on a farm in Iowa just north of Pella, where he still helps his dad on the farm. Kevin’s dad is a four-time cancer survivor, who is doing well now, and his cancer in remission. Kevin’s concern for his wellbeing provided the motivation to return to Iowa and to serve in healthcare.

    Kevin has a strong resumé of healthcare business management, professional leadership, and has been recognized for building high-performing, cohesive teams focused on delivering high-quality, compassionate care. He has led strategic initiatives to improve financial operations and enhance employee and physician recruitment and engagement. In his previous management and executive roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., UnityPoint Des Moines, John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines and MHP, DeRonde led numerous capital improvement projects.
    Kevin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Healthcare Management (MHM) from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to earning his master’s degrees and playing football in the NFL, DeRonde earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Iowa State University, completed the Pre-Optometry program, and served as a team captain for the ISU football team.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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.

GBMabe ,

Informational for future medical professionals

I am hoping to attend medical school one day and return back to my rural town in NC. This podcast helps me to understand more in-depth about what is happening with healthcare in rural areas like my hometown, informing me of the struggles I will be tackling as a physician. Thank you for producing this for people like me who are passionate about the rural communities in which we grew up in!

shursh333 ,

A no cost means for rural leaders to share what’s working and what’s not!

I stumbled across this podcast as I was desperately trying to find solutions for our isolated small rural community. Dr. Auxier is brilliant at his delivery of a no cost means venue to share what is working and what is not in Rural Healthcare. I listen every week with excitement to hear what is truly available for sustainable solutions my community could utilize. This should be shared to urban and metropolitan communities as well, the gritty, self sustaining, interconnected and interdependent people of rural are the future of our nations healthcare.

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