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UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Physicians Earn Business Leadership Certificates

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Stephen Gutu, MD, a physician at UnityPoint Health – Blank Children’s Hospital and Thomas Benzoni, MD, a physician at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines are among 17 physicians from across the state honored for completing the Physician Business Leadership Certification Program. Graduates were recognized September 10 at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Conference Center in Des Moines.

This first-of-its-kind program was designed by Iowa physician executives for Iowa physicians to meet needs mutually identified by the collaborating organizations of IHA, Iowa Medical Society, Iowa Academy of Family Physicians and Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC). The program was launched in February following two years of planning by the partnering organizations. Faculty involved in leading and developing the program include Tamara Chance, DO, emergency department medical director at Boone County Hospital, Michael Romano, MD, MHA, CMO, at the Nebraska Health Network in Council Bluffs and Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP, CEO, of IHC.

The program is designed to prepare physicians interested in developing or enhancing their leadership competencies, broadening their business acumen and understanding of issues important in health care delivery. Certification is achieved by attending full day in-person sessions held during a seven-month period and led by locally and nationally recognized subject matter experts in business, leadership and health care. Additional requirements included participating in state or national association health care industry events or activities. By completing the program, physicians demonstrated their commitment to developing as a leader and expanding their understanding of health care policy and delivery issues.

“Being a facilitator for this program is one of the highlights of my career,” said Dr. Chance. “I look forward to building on this year’s curriculum and know it will continue to attract physicians interested in improving their abilities to interact with administration in the health care setting.”

 

2019 Inaugural Physician Business Leadership Certificate Program Graduates

Brian Anderson, DO, Myrtue Medical Center, Harlan

Heather Babe, MD, Shenandoah Medical Center

Thomas Benzoni, MD, UnityPoint Health-Des Moines

Laura Bowshier, MD, Mercy Clinics – Waukee

Erika Brown, MD, Decatur County Hospital, Leon

Renee Diamond, MD, Iowa Specialty Hospital, Garner Clinic

Robert Flinchbaugh, DO, Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah

Stephen Gutu, MD, Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic, Des Moines

Srinivas Kalala, MD, Cedar Valley Specialists, Waterloo

Angela Kerchner, MD, Ringgold County Hospital, Mt. Ayr

Lenard Kerr, DO, Acute Care Incorporated, Ankeny

Michael Line, MD, Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson

Dan Richter, MD, CHI Health Missouri Valley

Bryon Schaeffer, MD, Clarinda Regional Health Center

Rajendra Singh, MD, Waverly Health Center

Sharmini Suriar, MD, UnityPoint Health-Trinity Regional, Fort Dodge

Craig Wittenberg, MD, Pella Regional Health Center