Giving leadership the tools to create a better future for our employees and the people we serve.
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UHS understands that providing a professional working environment and an opportunity to grow are key to attracting and retaining talented, motivated employees. That's why we provide new learning opportunities and support to employees who want to expand their knowledge and increase their proficiency.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams
Leadership training sets UHS apart because it provides unique opportunities for top-performing employees to be exposed to senior-level roles and their related responsibilities.
Throughout UHS' four decade history, leadership development has evolved to become elite training that prepares employees for success at the corporate or facility levels. Our educational programs are dedicated to helping ensure our future executives are aligned with UHS leadership competencies and with the ever evolving healthcare industry.
To be eligible for one of the UHS leadership programs, candidates must meet job-specific and UHS-specific competencies related to performance, strategic thinking, talent, results management, communications, coaching, problem solving, adaptability and risk taking. Competencies are measured thanks to direct feedback from employees, peers, supervisors and executives, along with self evaluations and feedback from external sources when appropriate.
When employees lead and apply a common vision, we have the power to transform the delivery of healthcare. UHS believes our staff have the potential to not only grow our business, but to improve the lives of the patients in our care.
By implementing programs to identify and hone the next generation of leaders, UHS is working to create an environments which will draw trailblazers to the forefront.
A way we meeting this goal is through our L³ leadership development. L³ was first introduced in our Acute Care Division to identify and nurture leadership qualities in assistant associate administrators, CFOs and other front-line executives. It’s now in place as a pilot program in the Behavioral Health Division.
Learning modules focus on key strategies of quality, service, growth and operations so that we can continue to be well positioned to transform how we respond to the needs of our communities.
Gerry Geckle, UHS Vice President, Human Resources
The program helps nurture leadership through a variety of program and activities:
- Classroom training
- Virtual training
- Leadership development planning
- Action learning
- 1:1 sessions with senior-level mentors
- A 360-degree strengths and improvement assessment
- Keystone courses on innovation, execution and results
Throughout the L³ program, senior leaders develop key competencies and improve their skills in areas such as strategic thinking, talent review, communication, risk taking and problem solving.
This pilot program was brought together with the help of Executive Sponsor and Divisional Senior Vice President Roz Hudson along with the Corporate Director, Human Resources, Jamie Welsh and Behavioral Health Project Coordinator, Karin Kurtz.
From the first event, an L³ Leadership Innovation class at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services in Maitland, Florida, the program sponsors report the pilot is paying off. “We anticipate making L³ available more widely later in the year,” Matt Morgan, EdD, MBA, Program Manager, Executive Professional Development, says.