198655 A Multi-Faceted Approach to Identification, Recruitment and Retention of Health Administrators

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 10:30 AM

David V. Stretton, PhD, MBA, CPA , School of Public Health SCiences and Professions, Ohio University, Athens, OH
A major challenge confronting health care delivery in the United States is the shortage of clinical professionals in rural areas. While most of the research surrounding this problem has focused on physicians and nurses, other health care professionals have received much less attention. Although not a clinician or “hands on” care provider, health administrators are an integral component of rural health care delivery systems. They are instrumental in the organization and efficient delivery of health care services within rural communities. As such, this paper examines some of the characteristics vital for this position as well as factors that impact the recruitment and retention for rural health administrators. The identification of characteristics necessary for successful recruitment and retention can be best achieved by following a multi-faceted approach utilizing education, experience and personal characteristic of the candidate.

Learning Objectives:
To discuss and present a method for identifying, recruiting and retaining health administrators in a rural setting. The method's goal is to identify candidates and to enhance the ability to asses for future success in a rural environment.

Keywords: Rural Health Care, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Assistant Professor at Ohio University in the School of Public Health Sciences and Professions. In former employment I worked as a CFO for a rural hospital and as a financial administrator in a College of Medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.