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2024 ICAHN Physician Leadership Academy


June 4 @ 9:30 am
June 5 @ 1:00 pm
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June 4, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

June 5, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The aim of the ICAHN Physician Leadership Program is to empower physicians practicing in rural healthcare settings with the necessary skills and perspectives to excel as leaders. Engaging in this dynamic small-group  program, participants delve into leadership principles, discovering how to harness their unique strengths as a physicians to become a catalyst for positive change in their organization.

At the end of the program, participants will be tasked with developing a leadership action project which will utilize the skills learned over the course of the two-days.  Program facilitators, Don Harkey and Dr. Lauren Fore, will offer guidance for your action project through offline support and a six -week post follow-up webinar session.

Academy Topics:

  • Understanding personal strengths in order to unlock  potential, enhance performance, and improve work relationships using the CliftonStrength Assessment.
  • Making the case for physician leadership in the challenging healthcare environment.
  • Developing habits to increase leadership influence.
  • Understanding why people follow leaders.
  • Giving effective feedback that is accepted and used by others.
  • Working effectively with the CEO and other facility leaders.
  • Developing characteristics that increase trust with team members.

Dates and Location:

This program will meet in-person on June 4 and 5 in Springfield, IL at O'Shea Builders conference room, 3401 Constitution Drive.

Evening Reception on June 4.

Following day one of the program, participants are invited to a complimentary networking reception from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant.


8.75 Hours


Don Harkey is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of People Centric Consulting Group based in Springfield, Missouri. Don has worked with a variety of organizations and critical access hospitals successfully implementing systems that improve employee engagement and profitability. He is a much sought after professional speaker based on his practical advice delivered with high energy and humor.

Dr. Lauren Fore is a family medicine physician at Kirby Medical Center.  Dr. Fore completed her medical residency through the Southern Illinois University residency program at Decatur Memorial Hospital. She earned her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois where she majored in molecular and cellular biology, with a minor in chemistry.

Steve Tenhouse is the CEO at Kirby Medical Center and is highly experienced in hospital operations, strategic plan implementation, and financial oversight. He is passionate about quality, employee engagement and the success of healthcare in rural America.

Cost and Registration:

Cost for the program is $595.00. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $949,120 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

Dr. Lauren Fore, co-facilitator says:

The Physician Academy is such a unique and empowering opportunity for physicians. I have been able to help facilitate this program for the past two years, and it has been so amazing to watch physicians walk away feeling invested in and passionate about their role within their organization. I am a huge advocate for physicians embracing their role as a leader, and it has been wonderful to see this program encourage, engage, and inspire its participants to embrace their role within their team, organization, and community.