Focus of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute
The Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute is designed to develop trusted leaders.
The Institute provides advanced training for experienced clinical and operational leaders in not-for-profit and academic health systems who have the potential to make even more significant impacts within their organizations and in healthcare generally. Participants learn in an immersive and interactive environment from one another and from highly experienced and nationally recognized thought leaders.
"We focus on timeless principles to develop trusted leaders at the intersection of clinical and operational excellence."
- Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS
President and CEO Emeritus, Intermountain Healthcare
Founding Director, Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute
Why This Program
Many not-for-profit and academic health systems provide excellent leadership training for their key executives focusing on strategy, innovation, finances, corporate restructuring, improving revenue cycle and supply chain operations, mergers and acquisitions, clinician burn-out, social determinants of health, and so on.
All of those competencies are important, which begs the questions: how is the Leadership Institute different and why should you attend?
The short answer is we focus on the critical competency of leadership itself. That is, how to become a more effective and trusted leader who will create positive, significant, and lasting change in your organization and in healthcare generally.
Furthermore, we do so in a manner that cannot be duplicated in an in-house course.
The Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute is designed to supplement, not compete with, leadership programs at your institution.
What Makes Our Program Unique:
Participants learn from, and interact with, thought leaders and master teachers from Harvard Business School, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, and other respected institutions who bring diverse and inspiring perspectives to class instruction, discussions, and small group exercises as well as virtual instruction. Some of our faculty are published authors, many are well-known nationally, several have won numerous national awards, others have led successful, highly complex healthcare organizations, all are recognized experts in their specialties, and each one is committed to the values that drive this Institute. See the faculty page for additional information.
The Participants Themselves/Ongoing Learning
The program is designed for mid-career, experienced and well-regarded health system leaders who possess the potential to make significant positive impacts on their organization's culture, strategy, and clinical and cost outcomes. There is no substitute for interacting with other clinical and administrative leaders from highly respected healthcare institutions around the country and abroad in candid, safe, and invigorating environment. Many participants tell us they gain nearly as much from one another as they do from the formal classwork. We encourage and facilitate ongoing learning and connections through a quarterly newsletter, and robust alumni program, including special alumni reunion events, the next of which will be held in October 2021.
A Highly Immersive, Interactive, Learning Environment
We place a heavy emphasis on interactive class instruction, case-study discussion, small-group learning and problem solving, shared learning, individual assignments, and reflection all supplemented by robust coaching opportunities.
The Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute is housed in the Intermountain Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center on the Intermountain Medical Center campus in Murray, Utah. This state of the art building, with commanding views of the stunning Wasatch Mountains was specifically designed to foster an environment of collaborative learning, simulation, reflection, and imagination. Its construction was made possible by the generosity of Utah Philanthropist Kem C. Gardner. The program includes wellbeing practices to support holistic and sustainable leadership.
Participants in each cohort stay in a high-quality hotel in downtown Salt Lake City in a block of rooms reserved for our group. This allows them to enjoy meals together, collaborate on small group assignments, and develop lasting connections with new friends around the world. Group transportation is provided daily to and from the Transformation Center.
We focus on timeless principles, the competencies and personal attributes that are core to trusted leadership. These principles are vital, particularly as we navigate the complex intersection of clinical and operational excellence.
Key competencies include establishing a compelling vision, fostering psychological safety, and unifying divergent stakeholders. These competencies are built upon key attributes such as integrity, empathy, humility, resilience, optimism, and others. We provide multi-rater (360°) and personal assessment tools to help participants understand their areas of strength as well as identify where they can improve. Leaders of the Institute are available for consultation, coaching, and mentoring during and after the cohort.
See a more detailed description of the course curriculum.
We conduct several real-time exercises that take place in our advanced, specially designed, simulation center which utilizes the latest in simulation technology and methodologies to practice, observe, and debrief realistic healthcare scenarios to highlight the importance of both character and competence for leaders.
The following results represent evaluations from all previous cohorts collectively and are based on a 5-point scale with 1 being the lowest possible score and 5 being the highest possible score.
I found the program’s focus on trusted leadership to be valuable and timely – 5.0
I am committed to applying what I learned to my job – 5.0
I would recommend the program to others in my organization – 5.0
I found the program to be applicable to my work or performance – 4.96
I believe it would be worthwhile to apply what I learned to my work – 5.0
Participating in this program was worth the time and effort required – 5.0
I am prepared to lead with more confidence – 4.93
I felt the faculty had a genuine interest in my personal leadership development – 4.97