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Senior Director, Rural Quality Improvement

Foundation for Healthy Communities

The Foundation for Healthy Communities collaborates with hospitals, community partners, state departments and insurers on statewide initiatives that improve the health and health care for all New Hampshire residents and their families.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC) is a non-profit organization that works statewide to improve health and healthcare through innovative partnerships with both individuals and organizations.  Founded in 1968 as an education and research organization for the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA), the Foundation was reorganized in 1995 to meet the needs of a changing healthcare system. The Foundation is led by a board of directors with a broad range of expertise which guides its strategic and programmatic efforts.   Today, the Foundation is a partnership between New Hampshire hospitals, health plans, home care agencies, community organization and other healthcare stakeholders focusing on quality of care, access to health services, and prevention as the major priorities of work, aligning with the Foundation’s mission of improving total population health for all communities. 

In its work with partners statewide, the Foundation’s key objectives are to improve total population health by promoting innovative, high value quality practices within organizations and communities; to lead change strategies that educate, create and sustain healthier communities and make the healthy choice the easy choice; and to promote access to affordable health care and resources that support the well-being of all people.


Essential Duties:

Provide leadership and support in the areas of quality, patient safety and performance improvement to critical access (CAH) and rural hospitals in New Hampshire.  Support the implementation of statewide strategies to advance the quality performance of all hospitals. Serve as a subject matter expert to CAHs on issues of quality, regulations, and rural health care matters.  Provide support to hospital based rural health clinics.  Represent FHC and the New Hampshire Hospital Association in statewide quality improvement groups.  Support the implementation and management of the Eastern Quality Improvement Collaborative Grant Program (EQIC).  Convene and support the Rural Health Coalition, comprised of the CEOs of CAHs and the NH Office of Rural Health.  Maintain strong relationships with all partners and facilitate collaboration among constituents.  Manage the Small Hospital Improvement Program Grant and the Hospital Flexibility Program Grant.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Expertise in hospital quality improvement department goals, metrics, and strategies.
  • Expertise in quality improvement/quality assurance models.
  • Proficiency in rural health and health care issues, particularly those unique to rural hospitals.
  • Excellent facilitation and collaborative management skills.
  • Strong customer service and communication skills.
  • Understanding of CMS, DNV, Joint Commission, and other health care regulating entities.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the culture of rural New Hampshire and the North Country.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team with competing priorities.
  • A commitment to health equity
Requirements:

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Expertise in hospital quality improvement department goals, metrics, and strategies.
  • Expertise in quality improvement/quality assurance models.
  • Proficiency in rural health and health care issues, particularly those unique to rural hospitals.
  • Excellent facilitation and collaborative management skills.
  • Strong customer service and communication skills.
  • Understanding of CMS, DNV, Joint Commission, and other health care regulating entities.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the culture of rural New Hampshire and the North Country.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team with competing priorities.
  • A commitment to health equity

 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree preferred in health care related field
  • 5-10 years experience in quality improvement or rural health care
Responsibilities:

Provide leadership and support in the areas of quality, patient safety and performance improvement to critical access (CAH) and rural hospitals in New Hampshire.  Support the implementation of statewide strategies to advance the quality performance of all hospitals. Serve as a subject matter expert to CAHs on issues of quality, regulations, and rural health care matters.  Provide support to hospital based rural health clinics.  Represent FHC and the New Hampshire Hospital Association in statewide quality improvement groups.  Support the implementation and management of the Eastern Quality Improvement Collaborative Grant Program (EQIC).  Convene and support the Rural Health Coalition, comprised of the CEOs of CAHs and the NH Office of Rural Health.  Maintain strong relationships with all partners and facilitate collaboration among constituents.  Manage the Small Hospital Improvement Program Grant and the Hospital Flexibility Program Grant.

How to Apply:

This position is full-time exempt, benefits eligible and is office based in Concord with remote work options.  The position reports to the Vice President for Quality Improvement.

Interested candidates may apply by supplying a cover letter and resume to Sally Reifsnyder at sreifsnyder@nhha.org by August 6th.

Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: July 13, 2021

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