Physician executive on a mission to change leadership training

During his more than 25 years in healthcare, Dr. Rusty Holman witnessed the exclusive nature of leadership training and the impact this shortfall has on employee culture, experience and burnout across hospitals, health systems and healthcare educational institutions. After exiting his role as Chief Medical Officer for LifePoint Health in 2019, Holman began building 1821Health to make leadership development available and accessible at all levels of healthcare organizations, from the front line to the senior executives.

“In healthcare, current leadership development programs are exclusive for the few who have titles and rank, and the programs are available only in limited situations like conferences and management retreats,” said Holman. “We need a radical new strategy of investing in all our people, not just the ‘leaders.’ We need to develop leadership abilities at all levels of organizations so that front line workers are more valued, promising up-and-comers are supported, new managers are prepared, and experienced leaders acquire new capabilities.”

Set to launch in Q1 of 2022, 1821Health will offer both virtual and live resources for healthcare organizations that are looking to turn every individual in their organization into a problem solver.

In his years as a physician executive, author and speaker, Holman’s leadership has been integral to three health system mergers and ownership changes involving academic, non-profit, venture capital, private equity and publicly traded entities. He is the past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, a founder of the SHM Leadership Academies, a Master in Hospital Medicine, a Nashville Health Care Council Fellow and was voted a Top 50 Physician Executive for Modern Healthcare. Most recently, as Chief Medical Officer of LifePoint Health, Holman created a national quality program recognized by the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award.   

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