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Interim Leadership Services Publishes Guide for Healthcare Organizations “In-Between” Leaders

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Gallagher Integrated

When a senior-, director-, or manger-level leader unexpectedly vacates their position (whether by termination, resignation, or incapacitation) unprepared healthcare organizations are often stuck in the “In-Between”—the uncomfortable time when a healthcare organization is between permanent leaders, and between where they were and where they need to be.

Many organizations are unprepared to handle this In-Between time in a way that can truly benefit them. Recently, our Interim Leadership Services created a handy guide for healthcare organizations so they can begin planning for the unexpected, with helpful information to answer tough interim questions.

The free interim leadership guide, The In-Between Plan: Your Guide to Interim Leadership, offers articles, checklists, timelines, and more so organizations can better develop a plan of action and minimize the In-Between time (but maximize its benefits) to get to where they need to be faster.

Click here to download the interim guide!

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Modern Healthcare Inducts Don Wegmiller into “Health Care Hall of Fame”

Posted on January 31, 2013 by Gallagher Integrated

INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies is proud to share that Don Wegmiller, our former President and current Chairman Emeritus, is being honored for his many achievements with an induction into Modern Healthcare's “Health Care Hall of Fame”!

One of the healthcare industry's most prestigious recognition programs, the "Health Care Hall of Fame" honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the healthcare industry in this country and around the world.  Past awardees include Doctors Charles and William Mayo, founders of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Michael Debakey, noted international heart surgeon, and fellow 2013 inductees, Dr. Denton Cooley, heart transplant surgeon, and Sister M. Maurita Sengelaub, past president of the Catholic Hospital Association (now the Catholic Health Association) and the first woman to hold that position.

A prominent figure in healthcare for over 40 years, Don Wegmiller is a recognized leader and innovator in hospital, clinic, and integrated system development and operations improvement, pioneering new concepts for multi-hospital systems.  Don continues to provide the healthcare industry with insights and guidance through his dynamic and charismatic approach to health care leadership.  He was recently elected as Chairman of the Scottsdale Institute, an association of advanced healthcare-delivery systems aimed at sharing best practices for information technology-enabled quality improvement.

A small sample of Don Wegmiller’s past recognitions include: first recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens award; named as one of “Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People” by Modern Healthcare; awarded the B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award; and ranking on the “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Healthcare” lists.

We look forward to honoring Don Wegmiller, along with the two other 2013 inductees, at a ceremony on March 10, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago in conjunction with the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.  Look for the profiles of the 2013 inductees that will be published in the March 11, 2013 issue of Modern Healthcare.

INTEGRATED has been privileged to have Don’s leadership in our organization, and we are pleased that he is receiving this honored recognition of his many achievements!

See the Modern Healthcare announcement

West Coast Hospitals - Help Just Got a Lot Closer!

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Gallagher Integrated

Healthcare organizations should have a strong, trusting relationship with the consultants they work with.  At its core, a healthcare consultant's role is to be an extension of the organization's intellectual capital that guides and advises the hospital or health system to improved operations. At Integrated Healthcare Strategies, we work with healthcare leaders nation-wide.  But we also know that the more accessible we are to our clients, the better the outcomes will be for them.  To that end, we're pleased to announce that we have expanded our consulting service operations to the West Coast with a new office opening in Palm Springs, California. We are excited to be even more accessible to our clients located in the western region! Read the full press release.

Using Data on National Nursing and Healthcare Staff Pay for Compensation Development

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Gallagher Integrated

Healthcare organizations will have their fair share of challenges under new healthcare reform legislation.  New Patient safety and quality standards, plus changed payment and reimbursement models, will require a new level of support particularly from nursing and healthcare staff.  And what will set the foundation for nurse and staff engagement is their compensation plans. It's critical to have access to reliable and comprehensive information to develop compensation plans that effectively align nurses and healthcare staff with the organization’s goals. Two of the National Healthcare Compensation Surveys that Integrated Healthcare Strategies provides includes the National Nursing Compensation Survey and the National Healthcare Staff Compensation Survey.  Both provide the industry data needed to benchmark against other healthcare organizations in the market, and help healthcare leaders design effective compensation plans. Both are also set to close participation on Friday, April 6, 2012.  Submit your survey in these final days and secure participant discount pricing on purchasing the published results. To participate, Email Comp.Surveys@IHStrategies.com or call 1-800-327-9335; please ask for the Compensation Survey Department.  You cal also click here to submit an interest request to participate in or purchase our surveys. Other healthcare compensation surveys available include: National Healthcare Leadership Compensation Survey National Healthcare Executive Benefits Survey Medical Director Survey Advanced Practice Clinician Survey Custom Surveys

22 Must-Ask Questions Before Buying a Physician Practice

Posted on November 7, 2011 by Gallagher Integrated

Hospitals and health systems are acquiring physician practices at an accelerating rate across the nation.  However, before entering into any practice acquisition, there are a number of key pieces of information that should be obtained, and critical questions that should be answered. Integrated Healthcare Strategies is offering a complimentary webinar hosted by former MGMA President, William Jessee, MD, FACMPE. During this webinar, Dr. Jessee will review 22 questions designed to stimulate careful consideration before entering into a practice acquisition. The answers to these questions can help organizations make rational, evidence-based decisions about specific practice acquisition opportunities. Taken collectively, the answers to these questions can help make an informed decision, and one which is less likely to lead to surprises after the deal is closed. We invite you to join us for our webinar: 22 Questions to Ask BEFORE You Buy a Physician Practice Date:  Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Time:  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., CST             This is a complimentary webinar with no fee to register and attend.  Individuals most interested by this topic would beCEOs, CFOs, CMOs, and VPs responsible for managing physician services.  Click here to register for the webinar:  Registration link For questions about this event please contact Vicky Radcliff at 612.339.0919 or at vicky.radcliff@IHStrategies.com. We hope you'll join us! Integrated Healthcare Strategies

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