Featured TRUST Member
Kelly Macken-Marble is Vice President, Ambulatory Care & Population Health at CentraCare Health.
Explain your key responsibilities.
I develop and implement the health system’s population health strategy and support of Central Minnesota Health Network, a clinically integrated network and ACO. I am also accountable for the health system's virtual health strategy and services. As part of our population health department, we recently launched a Coordinated Care service that provides support and services for "at risk" patients in the community as well as a correctional health care service. Ambulatory Care includes primary care and specialty clinics provided across CentraCare’s 12-county service area, residential treatment programming for clients needing addiction and mental health treatment, partial and IOP programming, behavioral health clinics, integrated behavioral health, a Child Advocacy Center and CentraCare Health Lab Services. I am also responsible for the system’s call center, CentraCare Connect.
Have you ever had a mentor? How did he or she help you most?
I’ve had a coach and mentor who helped me gain confidence as a leader as my career progressed as well as pushed me outside of my comfort zone a bit to look at projects or opportunities that I might not have considered before. For example, I recently launched "Judy’s Legacy," a foundation focused on education for providers on end-of-life care. I’ve learned so much from the experience and so glad I’ve taken the risk to try something new!
Why did you join the TRUST? What keeps you involved as a TRUST member?
I joined the TRUST after being invited to a networking event three years ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed the professional growth and education opportunities as well as being a mentor in the Accelerate program. I’ve made new friends and learned a great deal from the mentees I’ve worked with.
What is the best career advice you've received?
The best career advice I received was to always do what "fills my bucket" — work that I have passion for. It sounds like simple advice but it has served as a good reminder and guide as I’ve considered new opportunities.
What support do you need now to evolve your development as a leader?
Any opportunity to continue to connect with other leaders and learn from their experiences is invaluable to me at this stage in my career.
How do you want to support other women in their leadership journey?
I’ve enjoyed working with mentees in the Accelerate program and hope to continue providing this support. I also enjoy supporting students and fellows in area health care administration programs who are just starting their career journeys. In my role at CentraCare, I am also the executive lead for a Women’s employee resource group.
Who or what inspires you?
On a daily basis, I am in awe of and inspired by the caregivers I am honored to be able to support. I see their passion and tireless effort to provide exceptional care to their patients and I am reminded why I chose this field of work.
What is something that not many people know about you?
Before starting a career in health care, I worked as a licensed Realtor in Michigan. I’m really thankful for the experience!
Any words of wisdom to live by?
Stay connected to your purpose or "why" you do the work that you do. Any time that I am feeling tired or burned out, I take a few minutes to reflect on my "connect to purpose" and I’m able to get back on track!
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