SoutheastHEALTH has been awarded a “Grow Your Own” grant from the Missouri Hospital Association to enhance the hospital’s healthcare workforce. The grant of $50,000 will be used to expand the hospital’s leadership training.
SoutheastHEALTH to Launch ‘Leadership Learning Journey’
“SoutheastHEALTH is pleased to receive this grant and will use it to launch the ‘Leadership Learning Journey,’ a program which is designed to expand and enhance our leadership development and key employee training,” said Wayne Smith, SoutheastHEALTH president and CEO.
“To continue our mission of high quality, low cost and close to home care, it is critical to continually invest in our most important asset – our people.” He added, “The funding assistance provided by the Missouri Hospital Association will truly help us grow our current and future leadership with the changing technology over the next year and beyond.”
Program Would Help Recruit, Retain Healthcare Leaders
Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO, said, “The workforce challenge for Missouri hospitals is two-fold. First, hospitals must address the shortage of educated healthcare workers, including primary care physicians, nurses, therapists and imaging technologists to meet the expanding demand for care. Second, hospital leaders also must recruit and retain talented individuals to manage increasingly complex healthcare organizations. The ‘Grow Your Own’ program allows hospitals to address these challenges with plans that are tailored to the needs of their organizations and the communities they serve.”
The aging population, growing number of individuals with chronic conditions and expanded access to health insurance have led to increasing demands on the healthcare system. These factors and others have generated an urgent need for additional hospital caregivers, Kuhn said.
In addition, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which includes significant changes to payments and healthcare delivery systems, coupled with new technology such as electronic health records, has increased demand for workers with highly specialized skills.