Fifth NRHA Rural Hospital CEO Certification cohort launches

Jun 08, 2022
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NRHA Rural Hospital Certification Programs
Sydney Grant, Director of Programming

Fifth NRHA Rural Hospital CEO Certification cohort launches

[Kansas City, Mo.] – The National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Hospital CEO Certification Program launched its fifth cohort in March 2022.

Leadership makes the difference. Today’s rural hospitals and clinics face tremendous challenges and uncertainty and are closing at an unprecedented rate. One out of three rural hospitals have been identified as “at risk,” and nearly half of rural hospital CEOs are first-time CEOs. Hospital CEO turnover continues to lead all industries, and when turnover occurs, the pool of qualified candidates is limited.

NRHA’s Rural Health Leadership Education Foundation exists to fund programs that nurture current and future leaders. The March 2022 cohort consists of the following participants:

  • Adam Apolinar - Uvalde Memorial Hospital - Uvalde, Texas
  • Bart Folse - Franklin Foundation Hospital - Franklin, Lou.
  • Ben Davis - Osceola Regional Health Center - Sibley, Iowa
  • Bernard Jore - Spectrum Health - Hastings, Mich.
  • Brian Engelke - Community Hospital of Staunton - Staunton, Ill.
  • Chris Laman - Columbia Memorial Hospital - Astoria, Ore.
  • Jeff Stanley - Cavalier County Memorial Hospital - Langdon, N.D.
  • Jerry Keever - Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital & Nursing Home - Rolling Fork, Miss.
  • Jose Alba - Tri-County Healthcare - Wadena, Minn.
  • Kelli Davis - Northern Inyo Healthcare District - Bishop, Calif.
  • Kim Bourne - Taylorville Memorial Hospital - Taylorville, Ill.
  • Kimberly Haverly - Carroll County Memorial Hospital - Carrollton, Mo.
  • Scott Blixt - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital - Manistique, Mich.
  • Travis Lakey - Mayers Memorial Hospital District - Fall River Mills, Calif.

About NRHA’s Rural Hospital CEO Certification Program

NRHA’s Rural Hospital CEO Certification Program was developed by successful rural hospital CEOs for rural hospital CEOs to help them strengthen their leadership skills and lead their hospital to success. An individual with this certification will immediately be recognized as someone qualified to lead a rural hospital with excellence.

To see our March 2021 cohort’s graduation ceremony, click here.

The next CEO Certification Program cohort will be launching in September 2022! For more information about available programs, visit


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