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November 8, 2023

SCHA Launches “WHY We Lead” Leadership Development Series

In an ever-changing and highly complex healthcare environment, the importance of developing great leaders is paramount. Effective leadership is vital to patient experience, quality of care, teamwork, employee engagement, and ultimately creating a thriving organizational culture.

As part of WHY, our workforce experience initiative, generously funded by the Duke Endowment, SCHA is excited to announce a leadership development series starting in January 2024. The program is designed to help hospital leaders in mid-level management positions enhance and cultivate skills and qualities necessary to successfully lead their teams, drive teamwork and engagement, and embrace change.

This program focuses on developing key competencies such as self-awareness, building trust in relationships, emotional intelligence, effective communication, critical conversations, problem solving, and operational excellence.  Participants will also learn how to effectively manage conflicts and inspire others to achieve their full potential through purposeful and worthwhile work.

The series will be led by content experts and experienced facilitators, Carolyn Swinton, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, NCC, ACC, and Dianne Matlock, BSN, RN. Dr. Swinton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reveille Executive Coaching and Consulting Services. She has served in several clinical leadership roles in over 30 years in nursing, including Chief Nursing Executive. Dianne is an Amy V. Cockcroft Fellow from the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She has over 40 years of nursing experience and has served in several nurse leadership roles. They will utilize a variety of innovative techniques and tools to create an engaging and impactful learning experience.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply their newfound knowledge and skills through real-world case studies, simulations, and individual and group exercises. Participants will not only enhance their own leadership abilities in the healthcare setting, but also contribute to the overall success and growth of their organizations. They will become more self-aware, confident, adaptable, and capable leaders who can navigate complex challenges and drive positive organizational change.

Prework, including a DISC assessment and emotional intelligence assessment, will begin in December. A limited number of spots are available. Participation will be limited to no more than three participants per hospital. The deadline to apply is December 1.

The sessions will be held at SCHA from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month from January to June. The session dates are as follows:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 13

The cost is $250 per participant and lunch will be provided for each session. CEU’s will also be provided.

Applicants should:

  • Be a mid-level manager (supervisor, unit lead/manager, director, etc.),
  • Have been in their position for at least 6 months and intend to stay at their organization for at least a year,
  • Not have performance issues,
  • Commit to attending all six, 4-hour sessions in person at SCHA, and
  • Provide a letter of support from their direct report at their hospital (template provided).

Applicants can click here to submit their application by December 1! We will notify applicants of their approval status within two weeks. We invite you to share this opportunity with eligible managers at your hospital to embark on a transformational journey towards becoming an exceptional healthcare leader! If need any assistance meeting the above requirements, or have any questions, please contact Emily O’Sullivan, Manager of Workforce Experience, at