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Reflections and Focus for a New TRUST Year

Posted By Connie Delaney, Thursday, October 19, 2017
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I am honored to serve as the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST President and join the Board of numerous strong, stellar women leaders in the health care industry: Monica Engel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; Theresa Pesch, Children’s Health Care Foundation/Children’s Minnesota; Chris Bent, Allina Health Group; Amy Ronneberg, National Marrow Donor Program/Be the Match; Leslie Bodell, Optum; Julie Dekker, Fulcrum Health; Amy Dewane, HealthPartners; Sharon Gabrielson, Mayo Clinic; Sheri Henck, Medtronic; Beth Honkomp, CentraCare Health System; Ellyn Hosch, Prime Therapeutics; Jana Johnson, formerly of Medica; Stefanie Lenway, Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas; Leslie McDonnell, 3M’s Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division; Nancy McMorran, DeCare Dental; Allison O’Connor, Fathom Consulting; Dee Thibodeau, Charter Solutions; and Mary Welsh, UnitedHealth Group.

Join me in expressing our gratitude to Theresa Pesch, Immediate Past President of the TRUST. The TRUST was fortunate to have Theresa’s influence and strong leadership on the TRUST Board and organization. It has been a pleasure to work closely with her over the last year.

The Board of Directors met recently to define and refine our priorities for 2018 and reaffirm the TRUST’s mission “to support women leaders in health care” and vision “to be a collaborative force of dynamic women in health care, aligned to share insights, expertise and trusted knowledge to lead within the industry.”

Our full plan for the year is very detailed with priorities to empower the membership through support from each of our committees. Here are some highlights that the Board, in partnership with all members, believes will have a transformative impact and lift up the collaborative force of dynamic women in health care in the year ahead.

  • Take TRUST Programs to a higher level. We plan to expand new, edgy content, responding to member feedback valuing thought leader and other strong programming focused on our turbulent health care market environment and opportunities to foster transformation.
  • Strengthen our value proposition. We are committed to advancement of women in health care and welcome thoughts and insights to enhance our value proposition for both current and prospective members.
  • Continue to grow and retain membership. We celebrate our recent milestone of reaching 500 members! And, we welcome creative engagement of both new and veteran members to advance our mission.
  • Continue to define our core competencies. What does the TRUST do best, and how can we improve?
  • Create enduring relationships between the TRUST and our sponsors. Strong support of sponsors is a hallmark of our Forum and other events. We will continue to expand visibility of our sponsors and partners throughout the year.

I welcome engaging with current and prospective members, sponsors, and partners via the TRUST’s communication channels. Please visit our website as well as our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter channels for more information about our inspiring and thought-provoking programs throughout the year.

Connie currently serves as TRUST President, and Professor and Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Delaney holds degrees in nursing and mathematics, adult health nursing, educational administration, and informatics. Delaney’s work is expanding connections, collaborations, integrative informatics, and social structures which advance co-discovery of solutions that transform health and education systems.

Tags:  future of health care  women leaders  Women's Health Leadership TRUST 

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Stay True as an Authentic Leader During Times of Change: Election Impact on Health Care Industry

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Friday, February 3, 2017
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It’s a small understatement to say the health care industry is in the midst of a sea of change. Leadership in health care is vitally important right now and the TRUST is focused on providing a dialogue as we move through the year. And we continue to support our members through our four pillars — Leadership Development, Education, Career Advancement and Networking — so they can be the best leaders possible.

Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, has written extensively about finding one’s True North, which represents who you are based on your values and sources of satisfaction in your life. When you find your True North, your leadership will be authentic. He states, “The key is knowing the True North of your internal compass, and then staying on course in spite of the challenges and seductions that cause so many leaders to go astray.”1 Remember to stay true to your True North.

Every election cycle sees changes to the health care landscape and this cycle is no different in that regard; however, there appears to be more focus on changing health care at the federal and state levels than ever before. Each day features a new headline, such as, “The Fight for Health Care has Begun,”2 “Republicans Have Plans to Replace Obamacare — Now They Need to Agree on One,”3 and “The Meaning of ‘Access’ to Health Care.”4
Will anticipated changes pan out? Only time will tell which ones will be implemented. What many in the profession are focusing on now is running the business as usual while also keeping a close eye to the horizon and having discussions with fellow health care leaders to prepare for the future.

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST is helping lead the dialogue with an Election Impact Review program on March 3. Key leaders in health care will discuss anticipated changes at the federal and state levels. I hope you can join us for this program as we explore impact on health coverage, Medicare and Medicaid payment reform, health care exchanges, and paying for value. Our goal is to help members and non-members prepare their organizations for success.

The Election Impact Review will include guest speakers Minnesota State Senator Michelle R. Benson, Deputy Majority Leader Chair – Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee; Robert E. Nesse, MD, Senior Director for Payment Reform, Mayo Clinic, and Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic; Chet Speed, JD, LLM, Vice President of Public Policy, American Medical Group Association; Elena McFann, Chief Executive Officer, Central Region, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement; and moderator Sharon Gabrielson, Chair – Global Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic, and Board of Directors, Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.

The new political administration is evolving and it’s difficult to predict what the future of health care will hold. The TRUST will continue to provide educational resources for members to help them parse through changing information as we move through the year. The TRUST is here to support women leaders in health care, and together, we can drive positive change and shape the future of health care even in uncertain times.

Theresa Pesch currently serves as TRUST President and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

1 True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, 2007
2 The New York Times, January 10, 2017
3 NPR, January 26, 2017
4 The Atlantic, January 24, 2017

Tags:  authentic leadership  Election Impact Review Event  future of health care 

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