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Brian T. Shockney Receives AHA's Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award

Brian T. Shockney, president and chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital in Logansport, Ind., is the 2006 winner of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award.  The award recognizes the accomplishments of small or rural hospital leaders who have improved health care delivery in their communities through innovative and progressive efforts. 

Shockney came to Memorial Hospital in 1994 and accepted the top leadership position in 1999.  Memorial, a 104-bed rural hospital in a predominately agricultural area, continually seeks to expand its mission in Cass and surrounding counties.  With fewer than 3,000 admissions yearly, Memorial patients come from a diverse cross-section of ethnic backgrounds and cultures, including a growing Latino population.   

Anticipating and improving the growing needs of the community, Memorial recently completed over $40 million in facility developments and improvements, including a new ER, private inpatient rooms and a lobby designed as the hub for accessing outpatient services.  Also included are investments in information systems and technology to improve patient-centered delivery of care, improve safety and help prevent medical errors. 

Shockney has developed and lead innovative strategies for the community-owned facility to expand partnerships with broader segments of the community.  These collaborative programs include the establishment of an Rx Assist Program to help locate free pharmaceuticals for uninsured patients, placing a pediatrician in a local elementary school with a high population of uninsured and underinsured students and working with the University of Notre Dame to improve and expand care for the Latino population.  The development of the 1.3-mile River Bluff Trail along the Eel River in downtown Logansport increased the community’s avenues for exercise, as well as created an enhancement for economic development.  Shockney’s Health as Your Mission, a nationally requested innovative program to improve the general wellness of local communities, has been largely successful in encouraging exercise and healthy life styles.

Shockney is also involved in several professional and community organizations including the AHA Governing Council on Rural Health, Indiana Hospital & Health Association Council on Governance and the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare Interpreters & Translators.  Shockney received a Master’s of Health Administration from Indiana University.

This year the Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award also recognized four finalists for their significant achievements in service of their community:

  • Bradley D. Burris, president and CEO of Oakes Community Hospital in Oakes,
    N.D., who spearheaded efforts to replace an aging facility that could no longer
    accommodate patients’ and caregivers’ needs and begin construction of a new
  • Patricia J. Dorris, CEO/Administrator of Palo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral
    Wells, Texas, who led a financial turnaround of  her facility into one that today is
    able to expand and reach deep into the community and offer help to those most in
  • Russell W. Johnson, San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa,
    Colo., who understood and met the challenge of strengthening community
    collaborations with local community organizations.
  • Robin Rau of Early Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home in Blakely, Ga., has
    focused on the needs of her patients by improving the quality of care provided and
    extending care to those with the fewest options.

About the AHA

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