In His Words: Todd Linden
Interview with Todd Linden, CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Todd Linden is president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, a 49 bed, private non-profit hospital in Grinnell, Iowa. Linden received his Master of Arts degree in Health Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from the University of Iowa. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Since coming to Grinnell in 1994, Linden has received numerous honors including the University of Iowa’s Outstanding Alumni Award, the Iowa Hospital Association’s Excellence in Leadership Award, ACHE’s Iowa Regent’s Award, and Health Forum’s International Emerging Leader in Healthcare Award.
Linden is a frequent speaker at national conferences and state hospital associations. He has had the opportunity to testify in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and a special teleconference with the President of the United States on health care issues.
Linden served on the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2005; currently serves on the Health Forum Board; is past-chair of both the Iowa Hospital Association and Health Enterprises of Iowa; serves on the Grinnell College board of trustees, the University of Iowa College of Public Health advisory board, the Practice Green Health Board and National Rural Advisory Committee for the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa, as well as a regular faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives.
He has been active at the state level through appointments made by Iowa’s Governor, including chair of the Iowa Telemedicine Advisory Council, Locally, Linden serves or has served on the boards of: Poweshiek Iowa Development, the Waterford Group, Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell Renaissance (past-chair) and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation.
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Creating a Culture of Health and Healing
Using the insights, experiences and passion he has applied to over a decade of building an “Optimal Healing Environment” (OHE) at Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Todd Linden will share clear and replicable examples for creating a culture of health and healing. In this session we will explore why creating an OHE in your hospital can create a culture that supports health, and promotes both safety and quality, while at the same time reduces cost and improves the worklife for employees. Creating an OHE is a new way of thinking about how health care is delivered – by taking into consideration all factors that influence the optimal healing of the patient – from the outer environment (built environment and organizational culture) to the inner environment (intention and relationships between providers and patients.) With reform upon us, he will inspire you to recognize that investing in a healing culture is one way to make a lasting impact on the quality of life in your community.
Navigating Healthcare Reform through Innovation,Collaboration, and Inspiration
In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, improving quality, safety, and the patient experience – while enhancing efficiency and reducing costs – requires new partnerships and new ways of doing things. This presentation will focus on strategies for rural healthcare leaders to advance the “Triple Aim” in their organizations. Participants will explore how hospital leaders can implement needed change by creating alliances with partnered and private practice physicians by creating a “clinically integrated network.” Attendees will see the payoff of creating an optimal healing environment that focuses on health improvement and integrated medicine. In addition, leaders will learn about innovative solutions that foster a culture of safety and reduce hospital acquired infections. Attendees will leave with practical and proven strategies for navigating healthcare’s unprecedented challenges.
From Volume to Value: Toward the Second Curve by Way of a Network Affiliation that Preserves Independence
As the transformation of the nation's health system begins to take shape, hospitals and health systems will find themselves more accountable for patient outcomes, patient experience, cost of care, and population health. To be successful, organizations will need to transition from volume of services and demonstrate their value to their patients and the communities they serve. This can be a particular challenge for independent rural hospitals. In this session, participants will learn how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (49 bed, independent, private, nonprofit hospital) working through its affiliation with Mercy Health Network (40 hospital, Iowa-based system) established a Clinically Integrated Network for moving to population health.
With the Grinnell Clinically Integrated Network focused on the care locally and in a structure that will allow connection into the larger statewide system, the strategy is to ease into value-based care over the next 12-24 months. Managing the health of the population is a key to future success. With a manageable number of about 50 clinical professionals in a smaller market area, GRMC can work directly with its providers and ask them what they need to improve outcomes and make more effective decisions about the care being provided to at-risk patients. The initial focus was on GRMC’s own 1,000 member self-funded health plan with great success.
What Trustees Need to Know About Healthcare Reform
The delivery of healthcare in America is changing rapidly with or without the Patient Protection and Affordability Act. Understanding the implications of these changes for community hospital board members is critical to positioning their hospitals for success in very uncertain times. In this presentation, trustees will learn the key provisions driving delivery changes, including the most important provisions of the PPACA. Attendees will also better understand the implications and special challenges to rural hospitals regarding these changes with a focus on strategies for moving forward with a vision of collaboration and integration with physicians and other key stakeholders. Trustees have an obligation more than ever before to be engaged in both understanding and proactively navigating the changing healthcare landscape. After 24 years as a hospital CEO and active leadership with the boards of the Iowa Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, the National Rural Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services, Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Todd Linden brings both a keen understanding of healthcare reform and a special eye toward trusteeship.
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