Garrett Colglazier graduates from the Leadership Institute

On Thursday, September 8, thirty-three students graduate from the Kansas Hospital Association Leadership Institute, including Sabetha Community Hospital Chief Operating Officer Garrett Colglazier, who is pictured second from the right on the front row.


The Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) Leadership Institute graduated its 20th class of 33 students — including Garrett Colglazier of Sabetha — on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show in Overland Park. Students were nominated by their hospital’s CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.

Helping to build future health care leaders is important to the Kansas Hospital Association.

“We are committed to strengthening and promoting the leadership capacity of hospital employees in Kansas,” said Chad Austin, president and CEO, Kansas Hospital Association.

The KHA Leadership Institute was established to help hospitals provide professional development opportunities that accentuate the personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation in Kansas hospitals.

The 2022 Leadership Institute class was diverse. They represented a wide geographic distribution of Kansas hospitals from St. Francis to Dighton and Pittsburg to Elkhart – there was representation from all parts of the state. Students had experience in health care for as little as a year to more than 20 years. Several students have been in management positions while others were new managers. Some students also supervise other staff, from a few to more than 50 employees.

It is important to note that the students nominated to participate in this program were not selected because they needed to learn “management skills.” They were nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be future leaders and wanted to help cultivate that development. Each one of these students made a personal and professional commitment to expand their skills by attending all six courses of the Leadership Institute.

The curriculum was structured to enhance each student’s leadership abilities. Course number one focused on explaining the difference between leadership and management, identifying organizational values and creating a positive organizational climate. Course number two focused on enhancing communication skills and grassroots advocacy. Course number three focused on team building – including how to lead a team and how to be part of a team and Course number four examined conflict and conflict management. Courses number five was at the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show. Students learned about the challenges facing health care.

Graduates include Rick Arnold, Fredonia Regional Hospital, Fredonia; Ginny Bergkamp, Ascension Via Christi Hospitals, St. Teresa, Wichita; Rebecca Bird, Sheridan County Health Complex, Hoxie; Lindsey Brittain, Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, Wichita; Tyler Brown, Clara Barton Medical Center, Hoisington; Katie Bunker, Cheyenne County Hospital, Saint Francis; Paula Burris, Logan County Health Services, Oakley; Audrey Carlson, Republic County Hospital, Belleville; Garrett Colglazier, Sabetha Community Hospital, Sabetha; Abbey Cotter, Ascension Via Christi Hospitals, St. Francis, Wichita; Garrett Daharsh, Salina Regional Health Center, Salina; Jewel Davis, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned; Marcia Gabel, Lane County Hospital, Dighton; Marissa Gehring, Kingman Healthcare Center, Kingman; Paul Gosselin, Phillips County Health Systems, Phillipsburg; Melissa Jensen, The University of Kansas Health System, Great Bend Campus, Great Bend; Haley Jones, Memorial Health System, Abilene; Trevor Kennedy, HaysMed, Hays; Melissa King, Ascension Via Christi Hospitals, Wichita; Adam Martin, NMC Health, Newton; Kolby Martin, Lindsborg Community Hospital, Lindsborg; Shelly McDonald, Ness County Hospital District No. 2, Ness City; Chad Meyer, Decatur Health, Oberlin; Michelle Pollman, Girard Medical Center, Girard; Tonya Raaf, Holton Community Hospital, Holton; Krystle Sandman, Edwards County Medical Center, Kinsley; Cricket Schmidt, Rooks County Health Center, Plainville; Julie Schneider, Coffey County Hospital, Burlington; Curt Sudbeck, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Seneca; Jennifer Thomas, Hospital District No. 1 of Rice County, Lyons; Tammie Trefz, LMH Health, Lawrence; Janelle Wade, Ascension Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg; and Allison Willits, St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion.

About the Kansas Hospital Association

The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to be the leading advocate and resource for members. KHA membership includes 237 member facilities, of which 123 are full-service, community hospitals. Founded in 1910, KHA’s vision is: “Optimal Health for Kansans.”

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