Conemaugh Health System Selects First Class for Aspiring Leader Program

Updated on May 23, 2013

Conemaugh Health System has selected 18 employees to participate as its first class for the newly introduced in-house Aspiring Leader Program (ALP). The two-year program is designed to provide additional education and cross-training experience for employees who aspire to grow into leadership roles within the organization.

“This program was developed to recognize the leadership potential in Conemaugh Health System staff members as well as to meet the future management needs of the organization,” says Joan Colbert, Manager of Education Resources at Conemaugh. “Aspiring leaders are assisted in affirming their desire to pursue a career in leadership, ultimately enhancing engagement and satisfaction among CHS employees.”

The Aspiring Leader program consists of three components including formal classroom training, job shadow experiences with organizational leaders and field experiences within the organization. These opportunities create an environment for networking and well as increasing understanding functions of each entity, division and department.


Seated L to R:  Deborah Sanders, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Kimberly Gossard, Good Samaritan 4 Nursing Unit; Tammi Connah, Risk Management; Jennifer Koontz, Rose 9 Nursing Unit; Stacy Roberts, Marketing Communications

Middle row L to R:  Krista Krause, Case Management; Kimberly Gorman, Ashman 6 Nursing Unit; Jane Drzewiecki, Case Management; Anita McCoy, Home Health; Tammy Podgorney, Food & Nutrition; Deborah Morgart, Patient Accounting

3rd row L to R:  Mike Lowry, Human Resources; Todd Devers, Conemaugh Physician Group Billing; Steve Miller, School of Nursing & Allied Health; Ryan Shawley, Nuclear Medicine; Deborah Hegedus, Radiology; Veronica Burley, E6 Nursing Unit

Not pictured:  Jessica Yakicic, Laboratory

“It’s truly an honor to be selected for this program,” says Stacy Roberts, Marketing Communications and ALP participant. “This is an amazing organization. Our leadership team is always willing to share knowledge and provide staff various opportunities to learn and grow professionally and personally.”

“The ALP is an investment in our future,” says Steven Miller, Financial Administrator for Conemaugh School of Nursing and Allied Health and ALP participant. “The creation of the program affirms Conemaugh is committed to providing excellent service to our community both today and tomorrow.  I am grateful for the opportunity to participate and am eager to be taught by our current leaders.”

In total, 38 Conemaugh employees seeking personal and professional development applied for participation in this program. Each participated in an intense interview process and was recommended by their departmental leaders. The 18 selected participants will begin the program in July 2013 with graduation in 2015.

About the Conemaugh Health System 

Serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs; Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in West Central Pennsylvania with 4,500+ employees and 350 physicians. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, CHS’s flagship hospital, was recently named a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for the fifth time for clinical outcomes that rank among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at

About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Memorial’s maternity program recently earned the Distinguished Hospital Excellence Award for the second year in a row. Only two hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania have earned this designation. Learn more at the Conemaugh Health System’s all new website,

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