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LeHHO: A Program Long Overdue

  Jul 22, 2011


The last module of the Leading High-Performing Healthcare Organisations (LeHHO), a program supported with funding from USAID and a collaboration between Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Strathmore Business School came to a celebratory and successful end with the pioneer group of the program being held in Mombasa Serena from the 19 – 22 of July 2011. The group boasted a team of top healthcare professionals, among them Prof. Richard Muga and Dr. Richard Kerich – Chairman and CEO of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) respectively, Registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya, Elizabeth Oywer, Metropolitan Hospital’s CEO, Dr. Gakombe among other senior healthcare leaders serving in different capacities from a variety of healthcare institutions.

The faculty for the last module was mandated to holistically deliver this module’s theme, which was ‘Getting Ready for What Lies Ahead’. According to the participants’ remarks and intermittent chants of key learnings acquired from the sessions, the selection of staff successfully brought home the expected delivery. This module’s faculty consisted of Alexandre Havard of Havard Institute of Virtuous Leadership who opened the module on the first day teaching Healthcare Ethics. He expounded on the virtue of magnanimity as the heart of great leadership regardless of the sector one represents. Alejandro Lago of IESE Business School, taught on supplies and operations management and the final day of training was closed by Dr. Majid Twahir, Medical Director of Aga Khan University Hospital – Mombasa, who was said to be an inspiration to the participants, as he taught change management.

The participants have gone through a sequential journey of modules, themed to suit their day-to-day challenges and provide useful and practical solutions to combat or solve any problems that they may have. Preceding modules that the participants went through were ‘Understanding the Healthcare Environment’, ‘Improving Organisational Performance – Part I’, ‘Improving Organisational Performance – Part II’ and ‘Improving Organisational Performance – Part III’.

Here are some of the testimonials from the LeHHO participants.

Prof. Richard Muga (Chairman of the Board, National Health Insurance Fund) – Leadership – We’ve not reached where we want to be; the journey is still on – fulfilling the mandate by the Vision 2030 to make hospital insurance accessible to all Kenyans, is part of what brought enroll in this program.

Elizabeth Oywer (Registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya) – My challenge was to embrace ICT to make nurses aware of what the nursing council does. We are able to use of available resources to create a fully interactive website. Nurses from all over the country can now get support and information from the council’s website from where ever they are in Kenya.

Prof. Paul Mungai (PCEA) – LeHHO made me realise that I am an inspirational leader who can effectively communicate a vision and now at PCEA our dream of starting a school for healthcare workers is becoming closers to being a reality.

For more information regarding LeHHO, click here.

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