Building on more than 20 years of graduate and professional education for health care leaders, the University of St. Thomas is pleased to announce a new program in Catholic Health Care Leadership. The program is designed to increase the mission alignment within executive teams who are dealing with profoundly complex leadership issues while caring for patients as an expression of the healing ministry of Jesus.
“One of the needs for a program like this is that Catholic health care organizations competing in today’s marketplace need to be distinctive,” stated the program’s lead faculty, Michael Naughton, Ph.D. “What is crucial to the distinctiveness of Catholic health care is to have leaders who have a deep sense of what it means to be leading a Catholic health care system.”
The program’s admissions advisor, Marlin Meendering, M.Div., has spoken with leaders of more than sixty Catholic health care organizations across the U.S. Reflecting on those conversations, Marlin stated, “Most Catholic health care systems are already heavily invested in ministry formation or mission integration programs. Our program will complement their efforts because our focus is on leadership formation, especially for physicians. How do a physician and his/her team effectively lead within the context of Catholic health care? Because of our experience in leadership formation, we are confident that the program will refine critical leadership skills, deepen understanding, strengthen team effectiveness, and increase personal career satisfaction.”
This leadership program integrates the important requirements for executive development with the unique dimensions of formation in Catholic health care. The program will include four quarterly modules of four days each and has these distinctive features: (more…)