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TODD C. LINDEN

Linden became president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center in 1994 and retired on December 31, 2017. He received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is currently leading the integration into UnityPoint Health and transition to new leadership into 2018 and is now expanding Linden Consulting, Inc.

Linden Consulting, Inc. is a small boutique firm specializing in presentations at national conferences and state hospital association meetings covering topics of leadership effectiveness, governance excellence, quality and safety improvement, and creating a culture of innovation. LCi also focuses on working with governing boards on process improvement, best practice development, retreat planning and facilitation and building optimal trustee / executive relationships. Other areas of expertise include strategic planning, facilities development, executive performance, philanthropy improvement, and innovation cultivation.

Under his leadership the past 24 years, Grinnell Regional enjoyed dramatic growth. Known nationally for its innovation, GRMC has the newest generation da Vinci surgical robot and its Bariatric Center of Excellence is one of the largest weight reduction centers in Iowa. GRMC has been cited by The Washington Post and USA Today for its optimal healing environment and by AARP Magazine as one of America’s Safest Hospitals. Collaborative research with Grinnell College at GRMC resulted in a study showing use of copper alloy touch surfaces in patient rooms dramatically reduced bacteria load and therefore reduced the chance for the spread of infection. Cited in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, along with over 120 other publications, this study is changing the way hospitals are thinking about keeping their patients safe.

Since coming to Grinnell in 1994, Linden has received numerous honors including the University of Iowa’s “Outstanding Alumni Award”, the Iowa Hospital Association’s “Excellence in Leadership Award”, “The 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, “The Board of Trustees Award”, by the American Hospital Association and most recently the “The Patriotic Employer Award” by the US Department of Defense. He has had the opportunity to testify in the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, and special conferences with both President’s Clinton and Obama on health care and economic development issues.

Linden served on the American Hospital Association’s Board from 2000-2005 and the National Rural Advisory Committee for the US Department of Health and Human Services 2007-2011. He currently serves on the boards of the Health Forum, Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Public Health.  He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa, as well as a regular faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Featured Presentations


Creating a Culture of Health and Healing
Using the insights, experiences and passion he has applied to over 15 years of building an “Optimal Healing Environment” (OHE) at Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Todd Linden will share clear and replicable examples for creating a culture of health and healing. In this session we will explore why creating an OHE in your hospital can create a culture that supports health, and promotes both safety and quality, while at the same time reduces cost and improves the work life for employees. Creating an OHE is a new way of thinking about how health care is delivered – by taking into consideration all factors that influence the optimal healing of the patient – from the outer environment (built environment and organizational culture) to the inner environment (intention and relationships between providers and patients.) With reform upon us, he will inspire you to recognize that investing in a healing culture is one way to make a lasting impact on the quality of life in your community.


So, Is There is a Future for Rural Healthcare in America?
The answer is of course a resounding YES, however navigating today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment while improving quality, safety, and the patient experience – and enhancing efficiency and reducing costs – requires new partnerships and new ways of doing things. With an eye to the future, this presentation will focus on strategies for rural healthcare leaders to advance the “Quadruple Aim” in their organizations. Participants will explore how to better partner with systems, other healthcare organizations, and providers, while considering ways to transition to value from volume. Ingenuity and innovation have to be more than buzz words, so we will learn about innovative solutions that foster a culture of safety and reducing harm and discover the payoff of creating an optimal healing environment that focuses on health improvement and integrated medicine.

Using the insights, experiences and passion he has applied for over thirty years as a hospital CEO and national advocate for rural healthcare, Todd Linden will share clear and replicable examples along with practical and proven strategies for embracing healthcare’s unprecedented challenges and the march toward value.


Navigating Healthcare Reform through Innovation, Collaboration, and Inspiration
In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, improving quality, safety, and the patient experience – while enhancing efficiency and reducing costs – requires new partnerships and new ways of doing things. This presentation will focus on strategies for rural healthcare leaders to advance the “Triple Aim” in their organizations. Participants will explore how hospital leaders can implement needed change by creating alliances with partnered and private practice physicians by creating a “clinically integrated network.” Attendees will see the payoff of creating an optimal healing environment that focuses on health improvement and integrated medicine. In addition, leaders will learn about innovative solutions that foster a culture of safety and reduce hospital acquired infections. Attendees will leave with practical and proven strategies for navigating healthcare’s unprecedented challenges.


From Volume to Value: Toward the Second Curve by Way of a Network Affiliation that Preserves Independence
As the transformation of the nation's health system begins to take shape, hospitals and health systems will find themselves more accountable for patient outcomes, patient experience, cost of care, and population health. To be successful, organizations will need to transition from volume of services and demonstrate their value to their patients and the communities they serve. This can be a particular challenge for independent rural hospitals. In this session, participants will learn how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (49 bed, independent, private, nonprofit hospital) working through its affiliation with Mercy Health Network (40 hospital, Iowa-based system) established a Clinically Integrated Network for moving to population health.

With the Grinnell Clinically Integrated Network focused on the care locally and in a structure that will allow connection into the larger statewide system, the strategy is to ease into value-based care over the next 12-24 months. Managing the health of the population is a key to future success. With a manageable number of about 50 clinical professionals in a smaller market area, GRMC can work directly with its providers and ask them what they need to improve outcomes and make more effective decisions about the care being provided to at-risk patients. The initial focus was on GRMC’s own 1,000 member self-funded health plan with great success.

What Trustees Need to Know About Healthcare Reform
The delivery of healthcare in America is changing rapidly with or without the Patient Protection and Affordability Act. Understanding the implications of these changes for community hospital board members is critical to positioning their hospitals for success in very uncertain times. In this presentation, trustees will learn the key provisions driving delivery changes, including the most important provisions of the PPACA. Attendees will also better understand the implications and special challenges to rural hospitals regarding these changes with a focus on strategies for moving forward with a vision of collaboration and integration with physicians and other key stakeholders. Trustees have an obligation more than ever before to be engaged in both understanding and proactively navigating the changing healthcare landscape. After 24 years as a hospital CEO and active leadership with the boards of the Iowa Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, the National Rural Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services, Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Todd Linden brings both a keen understanding of healthcare reform and a special eye toward trusteeship.

Marching toward Value through Innovation, Collaboration, and Inspiration

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, improving quality, safety, and the patient experience – while enhancing efficiency and reducing costs – requires new partnerships and new ways of doing things. This presentation will focus on strategies for rural healthcare leaders to advance the “Triple Aim” in their organizations. It’s no longer “why” we need to move to value, but “how”.

We will explore how hospital leaders can create a clinically integrated network with a mixed medical staff locally and building alliances with a statewide network to bring the skill and scale necessary to the effort. This can be a particular challenge for independent rural hospitals. In this session, participants will learn how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (49 bed, independent, private, nonprofit hospital) working through its affiliation with Mercy Health Network (40 hospital, Iowa-based system) established a Clinically Integrated Network for moving to population health.
 
Attendees will see the payoff of creating an optimal healing environment that focuses on health improvement and integrated medicine. In addition, leaders will learn about innovative solutions that foster a culture of safety and reduce hospital acquired conditions.

Using the insights, experiences and passion he has applied for over twenty years of building a culture of innovation at GRMC, Todd Linden will share clear and replicable examples along with practical and proven strategies for navigating healthcare’s unprecedented challenges and “Marching Toward Value”.

Speaker Topics

  • Health Care Reform
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Legal Issues and Ethics
  • Organizational Culture
  • Rural Health Care
  • Service Excellence

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator