Monday, January 3, 2022

Anita Tucker, PhD, MSW, LICSW, Department of Social Work, University of New Hampshire


Today’s guest is my colleague Dr. Anita Tucker, professor of Social Work, and associate director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Center here at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a co-author of the recent textbook, Adventure Group Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment. Anita was an early practitioner of adventure group therapy in the Social Work field, and through her research she has been a leader in developing the practice. 

In this podcast we talk about Anita’s journey to the field of Social Work, and specifically adventure group therapy. We conclude with a discussion of the Facilitated Wave Theory that is the basis for her recent book, Adventure Group Therapy, An Experiential Approach to Treatment .

Links to the Podcast:

Podcast Outline
Time        Topic
0:01:31 growing up in the outdoors
0:05:31 undergaduate at Dartmouth - political science (government)
0:09:14 Club Med to Chicago
0:14:44 working as a paralegal, discovering a desire to help marginalized people
0:17:08 starting an Masters in Education
0:18:31 switching to Social Work, going into the wild
0:23:08 Masters in Social Work at U of Michigan
0:26:20 social work approach vs. psychodynamics
0:31:31 what is an LICSW
0:33:59 first exposure to adventure therapy
0:35:47 stepping stones and adventure tools
0:41:51 learning to be an adventure therapist - Project Adventure
0:43:32 starting PhD studies
0:47:10 Adventure therapy in social work- bringing it to the mainstream
0:52:25 why therapy?
0:55:15 hardest thing about becoming a therapist
0:57:48 when did she know she was a therapist
1:00:24 group vs. individual therapy
1:03:59 when is adventure therapy appropriate
1:13:38 role of the therapist in adventure therapy
1:15:25 facilitated wave
1:29:42 current role at UNH

Topics Discussed

M.S.W. Social Work, University of Michigan

Ph.D. Social Work, Boston College

Monday, November 15, 2021

Andrew Calkins, CEO of Sage Family of Companies

Today’s guest is Andrew Calkins, the CEO of Sage Family of Companies. Andrew has extensive experience as a healthcare executive in a wide range of healthcare delivery organizations including long-term care, hospice, home health, and outpatient mental health. In this podcast, we talk about how he went from a clerk in the mailroom to managing complex, geographically dispersed organizations. Andrew’s career journey put him in contact with several private equity firms as he went through numerous mergers and acquisitions. We talk about what it is like to lead through a sale, and we talk about how private equity operates. I think one of the key take-aways from Andrew’s story, especially for early careerists, is how important professional reputation is, and how important it is to build a strong professional network. 

Links to the Podcast:





Interview Outline

0:01:50 Fitchburg State, 1st Gen College 
0:04:11 transitioning into finance 
0:12:55 building positions around good people 
0:14:08 working in a start-up LTC organization 
0:15:58 what had he learned in his early career 
0:19:30 changes in payment forced rapid change in LTC 
0:21:01 cost plus to PPS 
0:23:38 becoming a CFO for an LTAC 
0:31:18 becoming CEO of the LTAC 
0:37:35 bringing the LTAC to market
0:40:46 joining another start-up
0:43:12 cultivating personal professional networks
0:53:23 switching to the acquisition side
0:54:12 pediatric home care and private equity ownership
1:04:13 Community Intervention Services
1:08:35 difference between managing in LTC to outpatient mental health
1:11:30 CEO of Sage Family of Companies
1:12:22 about private equity
1:20:58 organizational effectiveness
1:21:40 how has his leadership thinking evolved
1:22:47 growing young leaders
1:24:57 how to establish yourself professionally
1:27:24 where does satisfaction come from?

Links to Topics Discussed:

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Dr. Neil Meehan, Chief Physician Executive, Exeter Health Resources

Today’s guest is Dr. Neil Meehan, the Chief Physician Executive of Exeter Health Resources. Dr. Meehan is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, and was the driving force behind the creation of the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program, a joint effort between the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and the University of New Hampshire. 

In this podcast we discuss Dr. Meehan’s own journey from living in a music studio above a peanut butter factory through medical school, residency, and his own development as a physician leader. We discuss in detail what the medical school and residency experiences are like because the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program has a unique flavor based on Dr. Meehan’s own experience of medical training, as well as his observations about how physician training creates some specific challenges for physicians who want to transition from lead clinician to clinician-leader. 

I have been part of the Physician Leadership program since its inception, so it was fun to talk with Neil and capture some of the stories and insight I have heard him share over the last few years.

(In the abridged version I drop our discussion of medical school and residency, but the discussion around leadership remains.)


Links to the Podcast:

Full-length interview (85 min)


 Abridged interview (45 min)





Links to Topics Discussed:

Exeter Hospital 

Core Physicians

New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program 

Monday, March 15, 2021

COVID-19: What We Learned - Staffing & People Resources

This podcast is a recording of a live panel held jointly sponsored by the sponsors of this podcast, the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire and the Northern New England Healthcare Executives, the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The panel was titled, COVID-19: What We Learned - Staffing & People Resources. I had the opportunity to moderate, and our panel featured Eileen Keefe, Chief Nursing Officer, Parkland Medical Center, Derry, New Hampshire, Carol Majewski, Associate Chief Quality Officer for Patient Experience for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and Colonel Kim Aiello, Commander, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

The video of the panel is available at the YouTube link below and includes the slides and visuals referred to in the audio-only version. 

Links to the Podcast

Links to Topics Discussed

Parkland Medical Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

44th Medical Brigade

Friday, January 15, 2021

Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld, PhD, Long-Term Care Educator and Author

Today’s guest is Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld. Mary Helen is an associate professor at Towson University in the Department of Health Sciences. Mary Helen is the author of one of the leading textbooks in the field of long-term care, Dimensions of Long-Term Care: An Introduction, and is a recognized leader in long-term care education nationally. 

In this podcast I talk with Mary Helen about her journey from an early interest in political science and international affairs to discovering the nascent field of health economics in the 80’s, and her transition to an interest in long-term care as a result of having to care for both her father and father-in-law when they suffered from debilitating terminal illnesses. Mary Helen makes a passionate case for long-term care, pointing out the economic opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as young people looking for a meaningful and well compensated career. 

I hope you enjoy listening to Mary Helen’s story, and if you find it valuable, won’t you leave us feedback on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you may be accessing this recording. It helps other people discover us. Thanks for listening, and here is Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld.

Links to the Podcast: 



Links Discussed:

Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld, Towson Homepage

Dimensions of Long-Term Care Management: An Introduction (2nd ed.)

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Steve Ahnen, President & CEO, New Hampshire Hospital Association

Today’s guest is Steve Ahnen, the President and CEO of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. The New Hampshire Hospital Association is an independent, non-profit association representing the interests of the hospitals in the state of New Hampshire.

Steve joined the New Hampshire Hospital Association in 2008 after spending sixteen years in progressive leadership roles with the American Hospital Association in Washington, DC.

In this podcast we talk about the role of both the American Hospital Association and the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and what it is like to work as an industry advocate at the national and state levels.  

Links to the Podcast

Links to Topics Discussed

New Hampshire Hospital Association

American Hospital Association

Related podcasts: 

Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg, Executive Vice President, NH Hospital Association 

Dr. Kenneth P. Anderson, D.O., M.S., CPE, Chief Operating Officer for the Health Research & Educational Trust

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Chris Sloan, COO, Capital Medical Center


Today’s guest is Chris Sloan, the Chief Operating Officer of Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Washington. Capital Medical Center is a 107-bed hospital with about 600 employees. It is part of LifePoint Health, a for-profit hospital system headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Chris joined Capital Medical Center after retiring from the Army Medical Service Corps in September of 2019, with 23 years of service as a military medical logistician and hospital administrator. During his service he deployed to Kosovo and Iraq, and ended his career as the Chief Operating Officer for Madigan Army Medical Center, one of the Army’s largest hospitals.

In this podcast we talk about Chris’s military career, transition to leadership in the civilian sector, his leadership philosophy, and, since this interview was originally recorded in October of 2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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