About the Program

Program Purpose

The Provider Leadership Academy was created by CommonSpirit Health Physician Enterprise physician and advanced practice provider (APP) leadership for physician and APP leaders. Its goal is to strengthen the organization’s leadership pool and prepare physicians and APPs with the tools to advance within the organization in various leadership roles.

program purpose

As a program participant, you will develop your current leadership skills and likely acquire new skills specific to your areas of leading teams. You will also be highlighted across our national organization as an Alumnus of the Provider Leadership Academy. This will place you in an exciting position for professional leadership career growth. The individuals and groups supporting this program believe passionately in clinical leadership as a foundational element of our enterprise success.

Program Design

The CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy is open to both ambulatory and hospital-based physicians and APPs that are part of Physician Enterprise owned or affiliated medical groups. The program is designed to serve a wide array of physician and APP leaders and is intended to meet leaders at their level of experience, whether they are:

early-leaders
Early Leaders

Informal leader that is a go-to contact.

emerging-leaders
Emerging Leaders

Formal lead role for an initiative or council.

established-leaders
Established Leaders

Division or department head.

To be considered, an applicant must be endorsed by an executive leader (e.g. a medical group CMO, a medical group VP of Operations). In addition, the applicant must have at least one year of tenure and are on no corrective action.

The Provider Leadership Academy is comprised of two cohorts of 25 participants (50 total) and includes a mix of scheduled virtual sessions and independent work. By offering two cohorts we are able to provide a level of flexibility for participants in the program while also accounting for any patient care responsibilities they may have. Our cohort size is also limited in order to encourage meaningful learning and networking. Learn more about the time commitment expectations here.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a designation as a CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy Alumnus. Graduates will also receive the opportunity for ongoing participation in continued leadership development across the ministry. Graduates will also be designated in our records as a CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy Alumnus.

Learning Objectives

The overall objectives in the Provider Leadership Academy are to enhance and develop the skills necessary to lead in both a complex and ever-changing health care environment and at CommonSpirit Health. Our curriculum is designed to equip physicians and APPs to address challenges that they may encounter as health care leaders throughout their careers. This includes areas of self-leadership, fundamentals of leadership, team leadership, and communication.

25 CME Hours

CME will be awarded for those that complete appropriate evaluations throughout the course of the program. CME credits are estimated to be about 25 hours across the course of the year.

Sample Session Lineup

The following is a sampling of session topics and speakers that you may experience throughout the CommonSpirit Health Provider Leadership Academy. While some of the speakers may change over time, your exposure to CommonSpirit Health expert leaders will be expansive through the program.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
  • What is leadership?
  • Connection to mission
  • Personality and Leadership Assessment review
SPEAKERS
  • Thomas McGinn, MD, MPH System MVP, Physician Enterprise
  • Kyle Klosterman System VP, System Formation
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development

Session 2

MISSION: THE ORGANIZATION AND YOURS
  • Organizational mission and relation to personal mission
  • Individual Personality and Leadership Assessment
  • Results Review
SPEAKERS
  • Kyle Klosterman System VP, Mission Formation
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development

Session 3

COMMUNICATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Communication styles & Active Listening
  • Understanding Cultural Norms
  • Appropriate Communication Mediums
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Tiffany Tidwell, Director, Human Resources, Physician Services

Session 4

KNOW THE ORGANIZATION AND THYSELF
  • Organizational Structures
  • Operating Models vs. Holding Models
  • Self Management Style and Interaction
  • Values and leadership Philosophy
  • Engaging Key Stakeholders
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Anthony Houston, FACHE CEO, CHI St. Joseph Health
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Thomas Kruse, Ed.D. System VP, Learning & Development
  • Adam Rice, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Advertising

Session 5

HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS & HOW TO DRIVE CHANGE
  • Healthcare policy
  • Healthcare Payment Methodologies
  • Health system Design
  • Diversity and Inclusion
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations

Session 6

EFFECTIVE MEETINGS & PHYSICIAN/APP ENGAGEMENT
  • Productive Meetings
  • Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Individual and Team Engagement
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Joan Beach, System SVP, Enterprise Consulting, Enterprise Project Management
  • Marci Burke, Senior Director, Intake & Portfolio Management, Enterprise Project Management

Session 7

BUDGETING & NETWORKING: 2 WAYS TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
  • Strategic Planning
  • Allocation of Resources
  • Interpreting P&L Statement
  • Performance Improvement Strategies
  • How to network
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Jon Timmis, System SVP, Strategy Transformation, Strategic Planning-Alignment
  • Ben Chaska, System SVP Physician Enterprise Operations, Physician Enterprise
  • Larry Blumenthal, Vice President, Dignity Health Medical Group, Physician Integration

Session 8

LEADING THROUGH CONFLICT & CHANGE
  • Diffuse and Resolve Conflict
  • Negotiation
  • Crucial Conversations
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Tiffany Tidwell, Director, Human Resources, Physician Services

Session 9

COMPLIANCE & HR: YOUR PARTNERS IN LEADERSHIP
  • Role of Compliance
  • People Strategy
  • HR partnerships
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Cheri Hale, System SVP, Physician Enterprise Compliance, Corporate Responsibility Officer
  • Darryl Robinson, Enterprise Vice President, Chief HR Officer, Office of The CEO
  • Gretchen Thaxton, System Senior HR Business Partner, HR Admin (Corporate)
  • Kristy Kelly, System SVP, Human Resources System Office & Physician Enterprise, Physician Integration

Session 10

TEAM LEADERSHIP: BEYOND THE FUNDAMENTALS
  • Dyad Leadership
  • Motivating Teams
  • Mentorship
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Margie Roper, Division Vice President, Texas, Physician Enterprise
  • Donna Smith, System VP Physician Enterprise, Operations Northwest Division
  • Barbara Martin, System SVP Advance Practice, Advanced Practice Care
  • Bruce Bethancourt, Chief Medical Officer, Physician Administration

Session 11

TEAM LEADERSHIP: MOTIVATING AND INSPIRING
  • Recognition & Rounding
  • Meaningful Performance Evaluations
  • Goal-driven Effectiveness
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development

Session 12

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: HOW TO LEVEL-UP
  • How to present to groups
  • Improvisational Leadership
  • Situational Awareness
  • Lifelong Learning
  • How to incorporate new skills
  • Graduation & Comissioning Ceremony
SPEAKERS
  • Marijka Grey, MD, System VP, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation
    Physician Enterprise
  • Margaret Cecil, APRN, System Director, Advanced Practice
    Acute Care Operations
  • Jack Skalican, Ed.D.System VP, Learning & Organizational Development
  • Chris Lowney, CommonSpirit Board Member
  • Gary Greensweig, System SVP, Chief Physician Executive, Physician Enterprise, Physician Integration
  • Anita Chandrasena, Chief Physician Executive, Hospital Administration
  • Barbara Martin, System SVP Advance Practice, Advanced Practice Care
  • Kathy Sanford, EVP/Chief Nursing Officer, Office of the CEO
  • Tom McGinn, System EVP Physician Enterprise, Office of the CEO
  • Robert Wiebe, EVP/Chief Medical Officer, Office of the CEO
  • Tom Harshman, System VP, Mission Integration

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

Self-Leadership

  • Identify your core values and learn how these influence your leadership philosophy and the connection with the mission of the organization
  • Understand and evaluate your self-management styles and how those interact with the styles of others
  • Identify the overarching organizational structure that you participate in and specifically your role, both formally and informally within your teams
  • Understand how to participate in and drive strategic planning, utilizing strategic principles, in order to achieve short-and long-term organizational goals
  • Develop the fundamental skills to diffuse and resolve conflicts as well as to negotiate with other stakeholders, whether internal or external
  • Understand the reasons why diversity and inclusion are considered a foundational element of our institution, both from a human kindness as well as a business standpoint, fostering a workplace that includes both
  • Develop a plan to incorporate lifelong learning in the practice of leadership and be able to identify and utilize multiple sources to continue to hone your skills

Fundamentals of Leadership

  • Learn allocation of resources using budgetary techniques
  • Learn to interpret P&L statement to ensure alignment with budgetary goals
  • Identify appropriate Performance Improvement strategies
  • Identify change management methodologies and appropriate application
  • Understand key elements of project management
  • Understand the impact healthcare policy has on the delivery of care
  • Recognize and articulate healthcare payment methodologies (including value-based payment, fee for service, etc.) and their impact on the patients and healthcare systems
  • Integrate understanding of health system design into meaningful management of areas of influence

Team Leadership

  • Demonstrate understanding of productive meetings with clear objectives and deliverables
  • Demonstrate understanding of engagement best practice techniques for teams and colleagues
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders
  • Identify individual and team interpersonal dynamics and lead these individuals and groups with goal-driven effectiveness
  • Demonstrate understanding of techniques to engage, motivate and inspire teams to achieve optimal results
  • Create shared team mission, vision, and values which are consistent with those of the ministry
  • Understand the inherent strengths of the clinician-administrator dyad relationship
  • Demonstrate skills in leading crucial conversations with different stakeholders
  • Integrate meaningful and productive performance evaluations for team members
  • Identify critical characteristics for the mentor and mentee roles
  • Identify elements of effective recognition and rounding

Communication

  • Identify your preferred style of communication and how to adapt that communication style to those with other preferences
  • Identify the skills & components that go into active listening and demonstrate how to put these components into action to effectively communicate
  • Understand and identify one’s own and common cultural norms for improved human connection and clarity of communication

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