TLC Health Network official selected for national leadership presentation

Linda Summers, Chief Operating Officer (COO), OT, MBA, FACHE, at TLC Health Network, was recently selected as a member of the seminar faculty for the 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership held in Chicago from March 11 to 14. The national event, “Changing Healthcare by Design,” was sponsored by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Summers’ presentation, “Outsourcing and Consulting Agreements for Successful Partnerships,” was given during the initial day of the Congress sessions held at the Hilton Chicago. The presentation focused on crucial steps for healthcare executives, hospital administrators and consultants/contractors to sharpen their skills for develop win-win partnerships for success. Using a newly-designed evaluation tool, Summers discussed methods for effective analysis during the pre-engagement period, ongoing mutual accountability among parties during the process and appropriate renegotiation or post-engagement follow-up. Anyone interested in learning more about the topic is invited to contact Summers at Lake Shore Health Care Center, 845 Routes 5 & 20, Irving, NY 14081.

The COO joined the TLC Health Network in November 2011, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Irving hospital and each of the TLC Health Network clinic facilities. Her prior professional expertise includes experience as a Vice President for RehabCare Group Inc., assisting hospitals across the national with all areas of operational performance. Summers also served as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pa.

This year’s 2013 Congress included more than 140 seminars, general sessions and other events addressing the issues of quality and safety, patient-centered care, physician alignment and financial strategies for healthcare leadership.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of over 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers the well-recognized FACHE credential which signifies board certification in healthcare management. The Foundation of the ACHE was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research and is known for its educational programs – including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,500 participants.

TLC Health Network is an affiliate of Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York.