Every company should have a well thought out succession plan to strategically, seamlessly implement a change in executive oversight when the time is right.
Leadership Health Care plays a key role in serving as a 'succession plan' for an entire industry. An initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council, LHC was formed in 2002 to help prepare the next generation of executives to lead the city's robust healthcare industry by providing education, policy insights, industry tours, and networking opportunities.
Nashville Medical News recently had the opportunity to take a deep dive with LHC Director Molly Vice to find out more about programming and what's new for 2019.
NMN: What was the impetus to create LHC?
Molly Vice: LHC grew out of a need within the industry to have a place where up-and-coming healthcare executives could network with their peers while also gaining valuable industry knowledge.
While Council events and programming are targeted to senior-level leadership, LHC gives middle-management professionals an opportunity to take part in programming in a smaller, more intimate setting. Today, LHC's goal is to foster the next generation of healthcare leaders by providing members with ongoing opportunities to develop their knowledge of the healthcare industry through educational events and networking opportunities.
NMN: How has the program evolved over the years?
Molly: Over the years, LHC has changed and evolved to meet the needs of its members in an everchanging healthcare industry. Today, our focus is on helping our members build a professional network by offering smaller, more interactive events to allow those relationships to develop. Some examples in which the program has evolved over the years include:
- In 2017, LHC expanded the number of committees and opportunities for involvement. In addition, we launched the LHC Women's Meetups focused on bringing together emerging female leaders in the industry for an intentional time to network with one another.
- In 2018, LHC launched the LHC Mentoring Cohort Program as a way to provide members with peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities. We also launched a new Lunch and Learn series, which brings together a group of about 50 members to learn about a trending healthcare topic in a more interactive environment.
- This year, LHC is moving its annual delegation to Boston on September 15-17. We also have launched member social coffees, providing an organic way for members to connect with others who work within the same geographical area of Nashville.
NMN: You mentioned the annual delegation. Can you tell us a little more about that change for 2019?
Molly: After 16 years visiting Washington, D.C., LHC's signature annual delegation is being revamped for 2019. This year, the annual delegation will take place in Boston, Mass. As a leading city in biotechnology and with a healthcare ecosystem that looks vastly different than Nashville's, LHC hopes to encourage collaboration and ignite innovation among LHC members by connecting with Boston's industry leaders. This year's delegation to Boston takes place September 15-17, 2019 and is only available to current LHC members.
NMN: So being able to attend the delegation is a benefit of membership. What are some of the others?
Molly: LHC's three core values are to provide exceptional educational content, provide a space for members to develop a professional network, and provide an opportunity for members to build personal relationships.
LHC offers its members access to an array of programs, from larger Executive Briefings with leading healthcare CEOs, to smaller Lunch and Learns on a trending healthcare topic. Last year alone, LHC hosted more than 20 events for its nearly 800 members.
Another component to LHC is the opportunity for leadership development for our members, through both committee and board service. As an initiative of the Council, we are committed to fostering the next generation of healthcare leaders here in Nashville.
NMN: How does someone become a member of LHC and what is the criteria to join?
Molly: LHC is open to motivated rising healthcare leaders interested in dynamic educational and networking opportunities. Becoming a member of LHC is simple. Just visit our website at LeadershipHealthcare.com, and you can join today!
LHC Programming at a Glance
Leadership Health Care has a membership of nearly 800 up-and-coming healthcare industry leaders from 300 organizations. The mission of LHC is to nurture the talents of these future leaders and grow their understanding of the complex, ever-changing healthcare industry by offering insights, education and network through year-round programming.
For more information about Leadership Health Care and how to become involved, go online to LeadershipHealthcare.com or reach out to Molly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.