Rural Health Rising

Hillsdale Hospital

Podcast by Hillsdale Hospital

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We've often discussed how critical rural healthcare is as a pillar of rural economies. But strong rural economies are equally important to rural healthcare. Today we are talking to someone with quite a track record of developing rural economies by making them great places to live. Our guest today is Jaime Medlock, President and CEO of Group Stellar.

Nov 18

34 min 52 sec

With the arrival of the federal vaccine mandate, JJ and Rachel examine what this means for Hillsdale Hospital and how this impacts everything from personal/religious beliefs to employee recruitment and retention.

Nov 11

39 min 3 sec

Population health management is critically important for rural communities where health outcomes are often poorer than in non-rural communities, leaving rural Americans naturally disadvantaged when it comes to their health and all that it impacts in their lives. Our guest today is Chip Pursell, Principal Investigator of The Lincoln Project in Eastern Arkansas and Eastern North Carolina.

Nov 4

31 min 14 sec

Rural hospitals typically serve smaller populations, but today, we are talking about rural hospitals that serve geographically isolated locations. Our guest today is David Jahn, President and CEO of War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Oct 28

47 min 37 sec

This week JJ and Rachel discuss the potential ramifications of the upcoming federal vaccine mandate, and how the mandate could affect rural hospitals and the communities they serve.

Oct 21

38 min 31 sec

With Hillsdale Hospital receiving a record number of COVID cases, it's all hands on deck at the hospital. So, we don't have a traditional episode for you this week, but instead we have a small collection of some of our favorite past moments, as well as some outtakes and behind-the-scenes audio.

Oct 14

11 min 50 sec

This week, we are discussing one hospital's creative solution to manage the health of their growing number of COVID-19 patients. A system implemented early in the pandemic and used ever since. Our guests today are Kathy Bailey, CEO and Dr. Anthony Frank, CMO, of UNC Health Blue Ridge.

Oct 7

31 min 43 sec

This week, JJ and Rachel discuss the challenges posed to rural hospitals from the pandemic as cases increase, and while some hospitals are seeing some of the worst surges their communities have experienced.

Sep 30

38 min 30 sec

This week, are talking about specialty care and how rural hospitals can bring back services and service lines that may have left their communities for one reason or another. Our guest today is Nicholle Mehr, Chief Strategy Officer at Hillsdale Hospital as well as President and CEO of The Mehr Group. The Mehr Group: themehrgroup.com

Sep 23

35 min 4 sec

This week, we talk about growing and cultivating our own talent here at Hillsdale Hospital. Our guest today is Chief Nursing Office, Megan Campbell.

Sep 16

37 min 45 sec

Today, we talk about the challenges rural hospitals face when recruiting providers to their communities. We also learn about an innovative program, designed to educate and recruit nurses to rural communities. Our guest today is Nichole Rouhana, Director of Graduate Nursing at the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, in Binghamton New York.

Sep 9

38 min 26 sec

This week, Rachel and JJ discuss how good partnerships with larger systems can benefit rural hospitals, and how those partnerships can ultimately benefit the patient.

Sep 2

17 min 53 sec

This week, JJ and Rachel take their gloves off to discuss the often sinister tactics used by large hospital systems when attempting to acquire smaller, rural hospitals.

Aug 26

34 min 50 sec

Today we are talking about capital formation and debt management strategies for rural hospitals and healthcare providers. Our guest today is Shelley Aronson, President of First River Advisory

Aug 19

45 min 36 sec

Today we talk about leading through adversity in the rural hospital world. We know rural hospitals face significant challenges and leaders have to rise to the occasion to push through. Our guest today is Lili Petricevic, Chief Executive Officer at Sheridan Community Hospital.

Aug 12

34 min 40 sec

Today we are talking about the differences between healthcare providers and public health agencies in rural communities--two groups that have been challenged more than ever before in the wake of a global pandemic. Our guest today is John Robertson, Chief Quality, Information & Technology Officer for Hillsdale Hospital.

Aug 5

31 min 28 sec

Today we are talking about critical access hospitals and how they impact the health of the communities they serve. We’ve discussed critical access hospitals before, but now we’re going to look at a recent study about the health outcomes of communities with critical access hospitals, particularly in comparison to rural communities without them. Our guest today is Dr. Tony Slonim, President & CEO of Renown Health in Reno, Nevada. Links to Dr. Slonim's Studies Latest Study: Exploring the Relationship Between Critical Access Hospitals and Rural County Health, June 2021 https://bit.ly/2VhFUrx Study Discussed in Rural Health Rising Episode 7: Challenges confronting rural hospitals accentuated during COVID-19, September 2020 https://bit.ly/3l7Clir Past Study: Critical Outcomes: Clinical & Team Performance Across Acute Illness Scenarios in Emergency Departments of Critical Access Hospitals, June 2012 https://bit.ly/3lhBSdk

Jul 29

39 min 3 sec

Today we talk about strategy in rural healthcare, and the specialty and supportive services that patients need. Our guest this week is Nicholle Mehr, Chief Strategy Officer at Hillsdale Hospital.

Jul 22

33 min 14 sec

This week, JJ and Rachel discuss the importance of effective leadership from a CEO, and we also learn about JJ's journey to becoming Hillsdale Hospital's CEO.

Jul 15

40 min 34 sec

JJ and Rachel look back on how the podcast started and reflect on their favorite moments from the last 30 episodes, as well as where the show is going in the future.

Jul 8

34 min 41 sec

Population health management is a major focus for healthcare organizations across the country. Our guest today is John Barnas, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

Jul 1

29 min 45 sec

This week, part 2 of our interview with Dr. Ali Shukr, as we continue to discuss what many consider to be traditional hospital care: inpatient, acute care.

Jun 24

17 min 31 sec

This week, we dig in to what many consider to be traditional hospital care: inpatient, acute care. Our guest today is Hillsdale Hospital's very own Dr. Ali Shukr, Medical Director of Hospital Medicine.

Jun 17

25 min 31 sec

Risk management is an element of running and sustaining a health care organization that often is an afterthought when discussing healthcare operations and challenges. Our guest today is Doris Whorley, Queen of Hillsdale Hospital.

Jun 10

22 min 47 sec

This week, Rachel and JJ reflect on their first experiences with rural health and how it impacted their lives and careers.

Jun 3

26 min 17 sec

We finish up our pillars series with part five: growth. Our guest today is Paula Autry, Senior Vice President and CEO for Henry Ford Health Systems Central Market and President and CEO of Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

May 27

26 min 48 sec

We continue our pillars series with part four: finance. Our guest today is Mark Gross, Chief Financial Officer at our very own Hillsdale Hospital.

May 20

23 min 47 sec

Today, we focus on the third part of our Pillars series: quality. Our guest is Yvonne Anderson, Accreditation and Employee Health Director at Sparrow Health System.

May 13

30 min 35 sec

Providing an excellent standard of service has become more and more important in the healthcare world. Hospitals and health systems are finding new ways to enhance the level of service they provide their patients. Our guest today is Dr. Kurt Roecker, Medical Director of Outpatient Primary Care Clinics for Hillsdale Hospital.

May 6

37 min 20 sec

We kick off our pillars series, with people because it truly is central to everything we do. And today we’re going to learn about cultivating great relationships with and among our team. Our guest today is Mark Noon, Principal of Leadership10.

Apr 29

32 min 36 sec

Today we kick off our series on the five healthcare pillars that we center our operations on. Each week for the next five, we’ll do a deep dive into one of these pillars.

Apr 22

23 min 27 sec

One of the most important areas of focus for us is the environment in which rural hospitals operate and how policy can directly and decisively help or hurt our ability to continue taking care of our communities. Our guest today is Samuel Chen, Principal Director of The Liddell Group

Apr 15

40 min 27 sec

This week we’re focusing in on the challenges that come with recruiting and retaining the entire workforce in a rural hospital—not just the leadership team. Our guest today is Stacy Feltz, Chief Administrative Officer right here at Hillsdale Hospital.

Apr 8

25 min 23 sec

The job of a rural hospital leader is a tough job to be in and it can really take its toll without the proper support, education and peer network to help get you through. Our guest today is Bill Auxier, CEO of the Center for Rural Health Leadership and host of the Rural Health Leadership Radio podcast.

Apr 1

36 min 5 sec

JJ and Rachel discuss their thoughts on why the best care is local, and what it means to the communities they serve.

Mar 25

16 min 25 sec

The final installment of our series on the 5Ps we learned from Mark Holmes of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Today we’re wrapping up with the fifth P: payment. Our guest today is Opal Greenway, Director of Stroudwater Associates

Mar 18

32 min 52 sec

The fourth installment of our series on the 5Ps we learned from Mark Holmes of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Today we’re covering Practice. Our guest today is Seth Gibson, Director of Outpatient Services for Hillsdale Hospital.

Mar 11

34 min 33 sec

We are on part 4 of our series on the 5Ps we learned from Mark Holmes of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Today we’re talking about profitability. Our guest today is newly-elected state Representative Andrew Fink representing District 58 in Michigan.

Mar 4

31 min 54 sec

We are on part 2 of our series on the 5Ps we learned from Mark Holmes of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center. We covered population in part 1 and now we’ve made it to policy.Our guest today is Representative Tim Walberg, United States Congressman representing Michigan’s seventh congressional district.

Feb 25

37 min 34 sec

Population is critical to rural hospitals, not only from a patient volumes perspective, but also when it comes to recruiting talent, retaining talent, and improving the payer mix. Our guest today is Sue Smith, Executive Director of the Hillsdale County Economic Development Partnership.

Feb 18

28 min 35 sec

Today we’re talking about rural hospital closures. How big is this problem? Our guest today is Mark Holmes, director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Feb 11

39 min 36 sec

Today we’re talking about resourcefulness in rural healthcare. How rural hospitals and healthcare providers get creative to get things done. Our guest today is John Supplitt, Senior Director of Field Engagement for Rural Health Services at the American Hospital Association.

Feb 4

33 min 44 sec

Today we’re talking about the epidemiology of COVID-19, how it’s affected rural America differently than urban and suburban areas, and the impact of testing in the fight against pandemic. Our guest today is Jon Baker, Director of Labs for Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing, Michigan.

Jan 28

32 min 16 sec

Today we’re talking about rural health finance. Our guest is Gregg Beeg, President & CEO of Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan.

Jan 21

33 min 54 sec

Today we’re talking about partnerships and collaborations that help rural hospitals provide more types of care to their communities. Our guest today is Brian Long, CEO of Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, Michigan.

Jan 14

33 min 49 sec

Today we’re talking about the COVID-19 pandemic specifically, we’re going to focus on the effects it has had on rural hospitals and healthcare systems. Our guest today is Dr. Anthony Slonim, President & CEO of Renown Health in Reno, Nevada.

Jan 7

28 min 15 sec

Partnerships and affiliations help rural hospitals and healthcare providers expand and sustain access to care in their communities. Our guest today is Chris Lutes, Executive Vice President and Group Operating Officer for SCP Health.

Dec 2020

29 min 55 sec

We do not have a new episode for you this week, but we want to give you a little preview of what’s coming up in the New Year, plus ask for your help!

Dec 2020

3 min 11 sec

Today we’re talking about COVID-19 in rural hospitals—what are we seeing in our hospital and how we and our rural counterparts handle the challenges it brings. Our guest today is Loren Corbin, Chief Nursing Officer at Hillsdale Hospital

Dec 2020

32 min 47 sec

Today we'll be talking about economic development in rural communities. We are joined by Eric Doden, former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and current president of Pago USA, a development firm that partners with small towns and rural communities.

Dec 2020

36 min 49 sec