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Check out March webinars from the National Rural Health Association Partnerships!

By Staff on March 6, 2014 in Events

Getting Ahead of Healthcare Reform…Don’t Wait Until 

It’s Too Late  

Thursday, March 13

12:00-1:00 pm Central Time


After this session, every leader will leave with at least one tip or tool that will contribute to a culture that enhances service, quality or value and positions you well for health care reform.

Presenters: Greg Paris and RaNae Wright

For 19 years, Greg Paris was the CEO at Monroe County Hospital, a nationally recognized hospital in Iowa.  During his tenure, employee turnover decreased from 26% to 7% and patient satisfaction rose from the 8th percentile to 99th.  The hospital has been named to the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine the past three years.  Greg received his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Accounting from Iowa State University and his Masters in Health Care Administration from Des Moines University.  He was named the Iowa Hospital Association Executive of the year in 2007 and is a member of Studer Group’s Hall of Fame.  Over the past 6 years, he has worked with Studer Group as a Coach, Rural Account Leader and National Speaker.

RaNae Wright has been in health care for 24 years. Her roles in healthcare include Regional Director of Operational Excellence and Executive Coach for a five hospital system. She has worked with the Studer Group tactics since 2004; first as a partner and now as Division Leader for our Small and Rural Hospital Network. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University.

Her expertise is working with senior leadership groups to drive results with an emphasis on effective communication skills and leadership accountability. Her passion is the sacred work of healthcare.




The Changing Healthcare Environment: Is There A Role For Aquatic Therapy?

Tuesday, March 18

12:00-1:00 pm Central Time


This webinar attempts to address some of the implications on an aquatic therapy program associated with the integration of the Affordable Care Act into the United States Healthcare delivery system. This period of time is being called the “white water” of American healthcare with rapidly changing regulatory and reimbursement scenarios. The Act contains various reforms that when implemented, will significantly impact and change the risk/reward concepts for healthcare organizations, including physical therapy and rehabilitation departments, throughout the United States.

The webinar will:

  • highlight concepts of an integrated care delivery network 
  • discuss the development of Accountable Care Organizations in this changing environment
  • explore what role aquatic therapy can play in this environment
  • discuss potential benefits that aquatic therapy may offer Accountable Care Organizations

Presenter: Ted Yanchuleff


Ted Yanchuleff is the Manager of Outpatient Rehab Services for the Pinnacle Health System in Central Pennsylvania.  Under Ted’s span of control are 7 Rehab Outpatient sites in the Harrisburg region, 3 of which offer aquatic therapy services.  He is a “dual” Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer with an undergraduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State.  He has over 30 years of healthcare management experience with large hospital systems and over 13 years’ experience managing aquatic therapy programs. Ted has served on the State Board of Physical Therapy for the State of Pennsylvania and has also served as an adjunct professor of physical therapy for the Lebanon Valley College Doctorate Program for the past 10 years.




Too Much Information? Craft an Intranet that Really Works

Thursday, March 20

12:00-1:00 pm Central Time


PenBay and Lincoln County Healthcare’s hospitals are part of the growing MaineHealth network.  Brooks Betts serves as CIO over all 3 hospitals and countless IT projects at any given time.  Brooks and his team realized several years ago their legacy intranet could benefit from user-friendly content management among other things.  After a thorough strategy evaluation and redevelopment, the new intranet engages staff, provides real-time updates on projects from EMR to ICD-10, and incorporates social features.  

Learning Objectives:  

  • Insights into the right collaboration features that push the right information to the right staff while boosting engagement and organizational commitment
  • Lessons learned around decentralized content management to work smarter not harder.  Allow departmental super-users to manage their own content instead of using valuable and scarce IT resources.
  • Learn how to harness the input of key departments in the hospital in order to create innovative solutions that solve many problems across the organization

Presenter:  Brooks Betts, MaineHealth CIO 


Brooks Betts joined Lincoln County Healthcare in 2003 as the VP of Information Services/CIO in mid-coast of Maine.  In 2010 Brooks moved into a newly created Regional CIO role to include Pen Bay Healthcare.  Across these two small health systems and as members of the larger MaineHealth system, Brooks oversees the information technology for three hospitals, physician practices, long-term and home care settings.




A Look at Patient Safety Organizations in Small & Rural Healthcare

Wednesday, March 26

12:00-1:00 pm Central Time


Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) were created in light of the passage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. PSO work began in 2008 as a way to give healthcare providers the secure and protected environment they need to dig deep into matters of patient safety and share their knowledge with other healthcare professionals. Recently, PSOs have gained considerable attention and interest from many sectors of healthcare including the small and rural community.

The PSO program has grown considerably over the last 5 years and today, its efforts focus on a wide variety of patient safety activities in all domains of healthcare. Small and rural healthcare facilities can specifically benefit from participating in a PSO for two main reasons: (1) access to a safe environment surrounding safety events and the work associated with safety improvements; (2) means to create a national benchmarking program specific to small and rural health facilities. Ultimately, a PSO can give you the tools you need to strengthen your patient safety efforts and improve our nation’s healthcare.

During this webinar, our speaker will:

  • Provide an overview of the PSO program including the development of the statue & implementing guidelines
  • Share insight & examples of how small & rural health facilities might benefit from participating in a PSO
  • Discuss the future of PSOs & how they fit into healthcare reform
  • Identify the national benchmarking opportunities

Presenter: Tom Piotrowski, RN, MSN, CSSGB

Tom Piotrowski is a healthcare professional with 15+ years of experience in clinical and healthcare operations and the Executive Director of Clarity PSO, A Division of Clarity Group, Inc. He has led a wide variety of initiatives including clinical operations structure and development, patient safety and error reporting, EHR implementation and quality improvement projects.  He has obtained concentrated training in health systems management and informatics as well as certification in Six Sigma through the American Society of Quality.



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