May 2002

Human Resources Leaders
Make Connections at Conference


Attendees discuss recognition and retention techniques, building positive work environments and more

"We want our market-based
human resources leaders to
know how their skills and ideas
contribute to the operational
performance of their facilities
and the overall success of
Catholic Health Initiatives."
– Michael L. Fordyce, Chief Administrative Officer


Human resources leaders from across Catholic Health Initiatives gathered for their first national conference April 29 — May 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo. "We were so pleased that more than 80 human resources leaders were able to participate in the conference," said Carol Keenan, director of human resources for Catholic Health Initiatives. "This was the first opportunity for many market-based human resources leaders to meet each other and members of the national staff."

The three-day conference featured three keynote addresses, including a llook at the Health Care Advisory Board’s research into staff retention. Gail Boylan, former vice president of patient care services at Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, Fla., spoke about how that hospital made itself an employer of choice. Michael Losey, former president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resources Management, helped the attendees think strategically about the future of human resources.

The conference attendees also heard Patricia A. Cahill, Esq., president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives, and Michael L. Fordyce, chief administrative officer, talk about human resources as a key element of the organization’s mission and vision. "This was a great opportunity to gather human resources expertise from across the system and share strategies, challenges and success stories," said Fordyce.

The human resources leaders were able to network with each other during shared meals and in breakout sessions that focused on current issues such as mid-management development and the new staffing standards from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. "We think the real benefit of this conference will be seen in the months ahead, when the human resources leaders who met there call and email each other to share their questions and solutions," said Keenan.

Human Resources Conference Planning Committee Thanks to the following committee members for planning Catholic Health Initiatives’ first national human resources conference. Dean DeHaven, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. Robin Furlong, Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, Colo. Cory Glad, Unity Family Healthcare, Little Falls, Minn. Carol Keenan, Catholic Health Initiatives, Erlanger, Ky. Walter McLarty, TriHealth, Cincinnati, Ohio Debbie Patrick, St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. Patty Rardin, Mercy Medical Center, Durango, Colo. D.J. Smiley, Catholic Health Initiatives, Erlanger, Ky. Lisa Whaley, Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn. Robyn Wilkinson, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa