Executive Health Administration

Anna Montgomery, MPA

Anna Montgomery earned her MPA at USC Price and is pursuing her EdD at USC Rossier.
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Healthcare Intrapreneurs: Driving Organizational Innovation and Performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2016 1:15:00 PM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovation

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Healthcare leaders face challenges as competition increases, public policy changes, technology advances, and collaboration becomes necessary.

Organizations that can pivot prove to be more flexible and agile in handling these challenges. Intrapreneurs, employees that can think and act like owners within the organization, not only increase innovation but improve the competitive advantage of companies. Increasingly, healthcare leaders are looking for ways to identify and encourage intrapreneurial behavior within their own work context.

Research indicates that there are specific characteristics and patterns of behavior that intrapreneurs exhibit that can aid leaders in their objectives to improve innovation. The benefits of intrapreneurship and ways to nurture it within the company are important tools for creating buy-in and participation at all levels of healthcare organizations.

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Increasing Inclusiveness in Healthcare Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Population Health, Inclusiveness

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Access and equity for minorities in healthcare higher education are necessary to provide the industry with qualified, diverse healthcare professionals. Strong access and equity programs in higher education healthcare administration programs provide a pipeline of diverse healthcare leaders.

Recent studies, including one conducted in 2016 by CAHME, show that graduation rates for racial/ethnic minority groups in graduate health administration programs are representative at 39 percent.

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Iron Triangle: Policy Formation and Implementation

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Affordable Care Act

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Alumni and students got first hand experience of what it’s like to be at the forefront of healthcare policy by travelling to Washington, DC. While meeting with congressional leaders and capitol hill staff, White House administrators, bureaucrats, and stakeholders that are all involved in the complex policy environment, EMHA students and graduates received valuable insight into the roles each group plays within the iron triangle. The iron triangle describes the interactions between a congress that sets policy, special interest groups that advocate for specific policies, and the bureaucrats that implement policy. The importance of timing and knowing the political climate for change were key takeaways from this unique experience.

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Invest in Your Healthcare Administration Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Health Policy, Healthcare Careers

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In the 50th anniversary edition, Kiplinger’s ran an article that outlined the keys to financial security. At the top of the list was investing in yourself. You are your greatest asset for creating wealth. Investments in your education, career skills, and professional development provide the best returns for achieving financial goals. When I decided to invest in my career by pursuing a master’s degree I needed to assess if the degree was a good fit for my career goals. As a mid-career professional with years of leadership experience it was helpful for me to consider what skills and experience I had and identify any gaps that could be filled through education. I knew that a good fit meant finding a program where I could build on my strengths while stretching to learn new skills and information. While the decision to pursue a graduate degree is complex, including financial, professional, and personal factors, a skills assessment is a good place to start.

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7 Lessons of Servant Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovative Leadership

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“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Robert Greenleaf.

Refined by Greenleaf in the 1970’s servant leadership came to be a widely respected and utilized style that is defined by a leader’s:

  1. Care for others
  2. Ability to set an example
  3. Commitment to uphold ethics
  4. Drive to support others to success
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Determining Your Healthcare Leadership Style

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 4, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovative Leadership

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Self awareness is an important part of leadership success. As a practicing or aspiring healthcare leader it's helpful to understand your leadership style. We've created a quiz full of fun and creative questions to help you find out your style.

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6 Reasons to Pursue an EMHA Degree

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Blended Learning

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Healthcare administration is a fast growing career that requires informed, educated, and innovative leaders. Here are 6 reasons why an Executive Masters of Healthcare Administration (EMHA) degree may be a good choice for you.

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7 Keys to Hospital Leaders' Success

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovative Leadership, Transformation

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Healthcare Risk Management: Worker's Compensation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Risk Management, Worker's Compensation

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Hospitals are hazardous places to work according to OSHA's latest report. In 2011, hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses. This is a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, almost twice the rate for private industry as a whole.  Risk management becomes a primary concern for health administrators under these conditions.
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Legendary Leadership Playbook: 6 Tactics

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 29, 2016 8:15:55 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovative Leadership, Transformation

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As Dr. Sample pointed out in the previous post, it’s easy for healthcare administrators to get bogged down in the day to day minutia of running a hospital, medical device company, consulting firm, or long term care facility. His 70/30 rule, that leaders will spend 70% of their time on routine and sometimes inconsequential matters and 30% on important initiatives, means great administrators know how to make the most of that 30%. Truly incredible leaders will realize immense gains by focusing some of that 30% of their time on personnel issues.

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