KAHRMM Newsletter Articles
Flora a Graduate of the 2021 KHA Leadership Institute

(December 2021) – Rebecca Flora, director of materials management, Phillips County Health System, Phillipsburg, and member of KAHRMM, has graduated from the Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute Class of 2021.

The KHA Leadership Institute graduated 26 students in its 19th class on Nov. 18 at the KHA Rural Health Symposium in Wichita. Students were nominated by their hospital CEOs to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals. The KHA Leadership Institute was established to help hospitals provide professional development opportunities that accentuate the personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation in Kansas hospitals.

The 2021 Leadership Institute class was diverse. They represented a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from Hoxie to Lawrence and Neodesha to Elkhart – there was representation from all parts of the state. Students had been working in health care for as little as two years to more than 20 years. Several students have been in management positions while others were new managers. Some students also supervise staff from a few individuals to more than 50 employees.

The students were nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be a future leader and wanted to help cultivate their development. Each one of these students made a personal and professional commitment to expand their skills by attending all six courses of the Leadership Institute.

The curriculum was structured to enhance each student's leadership abilities. Course #1 focused on explaining the difference between leadership and management, identifying organizational values and creating a positive organizational climate. Course #2 focused on enhancing communication skills and grassroots advocacy. Course #3 focused on team building - including how to lead a team and how to be part of a team and Course # 4 examined conflict and conflict management. Courses #5 was at the KHA Rural Health Symposium. Students learned about the challenges facing rural health care.

Congratulations Rebecca! We are proud of you.