Conemaugh Health System Recognized for Innovative Aspiring Leader Program

August 30, 2017

Conemaugh Health System has earned an Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its outstanding efforts to improve health care in the state.

Conemaugh’s entry “Aspiring Leader Program” was chosen as an Optimal Operations Award winner. Thirteen award recipients were selected from 108 total award submissions, and were chosen for their exceptional work and innovation in areas that affect patients, communities, and employees.

Conemaugh Health System’s Aspiring Leader Program (ALP) was created in 2013 to help the organization prepare for future management needs by identifying staff level high performers and develop them for leadership roles.

“To date 50 employees have been chosen for the Aspiring Leaders Program and 45% of those who graduated from the program have been selected for higher level positions within the organization,” says Joan Colbert, MA, ACC, Manager of Organizational Development with Conemaugh Memorial’s Human Resources Department.

The Aspiring Leader Program includes 48 hours of formal classroom training in management skill building including conflict management, introduction to Lean Six Sigma, teamwork and relationship building, communication styles, ethics, time management, coaching and mentoring, public speaking, change management, personal branding and strategic planning. In addition, participants are required to spend 16 hours shadowing leaders from various disciplines and they visit other hospitals throughout the organization.

An organizational project is completed by each Aspiring Leader class and each leader also picks a departmental project to work on. Each aspiring leader is also assigned a mentor for the one year program.

“Providing an opportunity for growth for our employees is a key component of our mission of making communities healthier and we are thrilled with the success of this program,” says Steve Tucker, CEO of the Conemaugh Health System. “We get great feedback from participants that the program helps develop their confidence and leadership skills, preparing them for a future role in management and making them stronger employees overall.”

“HAP congratulates this year’s Achievement Award winners and all entrants for their innovative and creative efforts to transform Pennsylvania’s health care landscape,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “Their work is on the cutting edge of consumer-focused care, and I am proud to recognize this year’s winners.”

Entries were evaluated by a 13-judge panel. The panelists, drawn from Pennsylvania and across the nation, represented the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, and investor-owned and nonprofit entities. The Achievement Awards program began during 1978.