Friday, May 15, 2015

Tim Soucy, Director of the Manchester Health Department



This week's guest is Tim Soucy, the Director of the Manchester Health Department. Tim started in the Department as a health inspector and worked his way up to the be the Director in 2006. In this podcast, Tim talks about his 25 years of service to his home city, how the Department has evolved, and the challenges and opportunities public health workers face everyday trying to make Manchester a safer and healthier city.

Links to the Podcast:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/healthleaderforge
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=63805&refid=stpri
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/healthleaderforge/id981989377
YouTube: https://youtu.be/gVIYraHXM1E 


Time                 Topic

1:03-8:29           Manchester - Challenges and Opportunities

8:30-13:04         Early career as a health inspector

13:05-19:18      Transition to leadership: Chief, Environmental Health

19:19-30:11       Public Health post-9/11        

30:12-43:08      The mission of the Department; the mission of the divisions

                              School Health Division
                              Community Health Division
                              Chronic Disease Prevention and Neighborhood Health Division

43:09-55:22      The Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy

55:23-58:36      Public Health and the Direct Healthcare Delivery System

58:37-66:10      How the Department has changed in 25 years; the future of Public Health; 
                          thoughts on leadership and mentorship

Links Discussed:


Manchester Health Department 


New Hampshire Institute for Local Public Health Practice at the Manchester Health Department

Manchester Health Department Health Clinics

Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Masters of Public Health, University of New Hampshire




Friday, May 1, 2015

Peter Wright, President and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare



Today’s guest is Peter Wright, the President and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare in Claremont New Hampshire. Valley Regional Healthcare is a health system that includes Valley Regional Hospital, a large physician group practice, a home health agency, and part ownership in a long term care facility. Peter took an unusual route to becoming Northern New England’s youngest hospital CEO, and his experiences have helped shape some of his unique insights in to health leadership.

Links to the Podcast
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/healthleaderforge
Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=63805&refid=stpri
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/healthleaderforge/id981989377
YouTube: https://youtu.be/gVIYraHXM1E 


Transcript
of the podcast is available here.

Podcast Outline

Time
Topic
0:01:07
Educational background
0:03:03
First job in healthcare
0:05:22
Work as COO at Littleton Hospital
0:07:53
Defining a “critical access” hospital and differences in payment from regular hospitals
0:10:49
Responsibilities as COO at Littleton
0:11:20
Managing physician practices as a non-physician
0:12:38
Leadership lessons learned at Littleton
0:14:33
“Manageable risks” taken at Littleton
0:18:35
Identifying “manageable risks”
0:19:37
History of Claremont, New Hampshire
0:21:28
Interacting with local businesses and community as the CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare (VRH)
0:22:50
Recruiting skilled workers to come to rural New Hampshire
0:25:13
Financial classification of VRH as a non-profit
0:29:04
Organizational structure of VRH
0:30:18
Role of home health and hospice at VRH
0:32:31
Organization of physician services at VRH
0:35:35
Relationship between private practice physicians and VRH
0:37:44
Working out tensions between physicians and hospital administrators
0:38:50
Management and structure of Valley Regional Hospital
0:42:09
The effects of Medicare/Medicaid as primary payers, cost-shifting
0:45:03
Value proposition of VRH
0:47:02
Synergies gained from having a healthcare system
0:49:06
Involvement with the American College of Healthcare Executives
0:50:52
Importance of personal vision and mission in leadership
0:55:17
Growing leaders within an organization, importance of mentorship
1:00:20
Peter’s personal mentors
1:03:45
Relationships with executives outside of VRH
1:05:29
Advice for people considering a career in healthcare administration


Links:
Lyndon State College
Copley Hospital
Littleton Regional Healthcare
City of Claremont
Valley Regional Healthcare
Granite State College
American College of Health Care Executives



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