QHR Health Leadership “U”

QHR Health is committed to strengthening independent community healthcare through leadership development, education, and practical training opportunities. QHR Health’s Leadership U launched its inaugural cohort in 2021, and has seen great success with 60% of the graduating class already holding “C-level” positions.

Established to grow and strengthen our future hospital executives, Leadership U is investing in our hospital partners to train and develop the next generation of talent that will lead the hospital industry into the future. The path to succession planning isn’t a sprint, it’s a journey. Developing the talent pipeline, addressing challenges, and empowering the next generation of community healthcare executives takes investment, and there is no better time than now to start the transition.

Active recruitment has opened for interested leaders to be a part of the Leadership U 2022 cohort. Please submit your application to QHR Health Learning Institute on/by March 28, 2022.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact David Winchester at dwinchester@qhr.com.

The Challenge

  • 50% to 60% of hospitals don’t have succession planning in place
  • 49% of the current CEOs in the KHERF survey are 60 years old and older—it’s time to be strategic about developing a new crop of leaders who are prepared to tackle the challenges facing rural healthcare


  • Strengthen leadership capabilities in new (0-2 years in role) and potential CEO candidates to help them meet the challenges of leading in rural healthcare
  • Increase the talent pipeline of leaders in rural healthcare
  • Improve staff retention and recruitment – CEOs help determine the culture and culture impacts retention

Program Elements

  • Cohort-based monthly education led by seasoned healthcare executives (both live and virtual classrooms)
  • One-on-one monthly coaching sessions with a professional executive coach
  • Leadership project to develop participant and benefit hospital

Program Commitment

  • 7-month leadership program
  • Leadership U Kick-Off April 25-26, 2022, QHR Home Office – Brentwood, TN
  • 5 monthly 2 hour webinars
  • 6 professional coaching sessions
  • Project Presentation and Graduation October 17-18, 2022, QHR Home Office – Brentwood, TN

Professional Coaching

  • Professional executive coaching (all coaches are credentialed through the International Coaching Federation)
  • Hogan Insight Assessment
    – Hogan Personality Inventory
    – Hogan Development Survey
    – Hogan Motives, Values and Preferences Inventory
  • Creation and implementation of an Individual Development Plan

Application Process

All applications must be received on/by
Monday, March 28, 2022


Standard Registration Tuition: $5,000.00
QHR Health Affiliate Tuition: $0.00

Topics & Schedule

Session 1
Healthcare Leadership and Strategy
April 25, 2022 | QHR, Brentwood

Session 2
Financial Trends, Challenges and Healthcare Economics
April 25, 2022 | QHR, Brentwood

Session 3
Healthcare Operational Best Practices
April 26, 2022 | QHR, Brentwood

Session 4
Governance and Board Relations
May 16, 2022 | 3-5 CST

Session 5
Effective Staffing and Human Resource Management
June 20, 2022 | 3-5 CST

Session 6
The Economic Impact of Healthcare in the Community
July 18, 2022 | 3-5 CST

Session 7
Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity
August 22, 2022 | 3-5 CST

Session 8
Technology, Innovations, Informatics and Security in Healthcare
September 19, 2022 | 3-5 CST

Session 9
Change Management and Succession Planning
October 17, 2022 | QHR, Brentwood