Monday, June 15, 2015

NNEAHE Endorses the Health Leader Forge!

I am very pleased to announce that I received word today from the president of the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, Karen F. Clements, RN, FACHE, that the board of NNEAHE has approved endorsing and co-producing the Health Leader Forge podcast.

NNEAHE is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Future episodes will reflect the new affiliation.

I look forward to working with NNEAHE to continue to bring healthcare leadership education to our community and beyond.

Edgar J. Helms, Director, Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Today’s guest is Edgar J. Helms, Jr, better known as Ned to his friends and colleagues here at the University of New Hampshire, where he has served as the Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice since 2001. Ned has had a remarkable career that has spanned leadership roles in the military, as well as state, and federal governments; and in both for profit and not for profit entities, to include starting his own consulting firm. By the time this podcast airs, Ned will have retired from his role with the Institute, however his influence will be felt in New Hampshire and beyond for many years.

Links to the Podcast:

Time                 Topic
1:14-16:07        Family background, education, military service
16:08-18:55      Transition to health planning and policy
18:56-21:33      On the staff of Senator Thomas McIntyre
21:34-33:18      A run for Congress, becoming the New Hampshire Commissioner for Health and Welfare
33:19-37:20      Founding Helms & Company, Inc.
37:21-41:14      A run for Governor
41:15-46:59      Blue Cross of New Hampshire and the Anthem acquisition
47:00-55:30      Launching the UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice
55:31-61:16      Leadership
61:17-64:12      Mentorship
64:13-68:45      Advice for early career health leaders

Links Discussed:

Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Edgar J. Helms, Sr. - founder of Goodwill Industries

Drew University

U.S. Army Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA

Senator Thomas McIntyre

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Helms & Company, Inc.

Anthem, Inc.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kevin Callahan, CEO Exeter Health Resources

Today’s guest is Kevin Callahan, the CEO of Exeter Health Resources in Exeter New Hampshire. Kevin has been the CEO of Exeter Health Systems for nearly 30 years. His tenure spans many of the healthcare industry’s most tumultuous changes. Kevin describes himself as a person who thrives on the challenge of change, and in this interview he talks about how he has kept the organization adaptable.

The original interview with Kevin is 90 minutes in length. I have produced an abridged, 45 minute version as well as the 90 minute version. Both the abridged and the unabridged versions are available at the links below.

Links to the Podcast:
Transcript of the podcast is available here.

The following time breaks apply to the unabridged version of the podcast.

Time                  Topic
  1:24 - 14:30     Background, education, and MHA residency experience, coming to Exeter
14:31 - 17:53     The community of Exeter
17:54 - 27:51     Executive Vice President, learning to be comfortable with uncertainty
27:52 - 36:34     Organizational structure and functions of Exeter Health Resources
36:35 - 42:29     Becoming the CEO
42:30 - 46:28     Governance and the role of the Board
46:29 - 57:58     Responding to the macro/industry changes
57:59 - 64:53     Strategic planning and capital investments
64:54 - 75:00     Leadership
75:01 - 80:05     Mentorship
80:06 - 88:20     Advice to administrative interns/residents and early career administrators

Links to topics discussed:

Exeter Health Resources
Exeter Hospital -
Core Physicians -
Rockingham VNA & Hospice -
Hoshin Planning -

George Washington University Masters in Healthcare Administration -