The New Normal: Kentucky’s Healthcare Leaders Discuss Key Priorities Post-COVID-19

July 15, 2021


The New Normal: Kentucky’s Healthcare Leaders Discuss Key Priorities Post-COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On Tuesday, July 13, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation Workforce Center's Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) program virtually gathered leaders from across the state to identify statewide priorities for the healthcare industry.

This statewide summit gave 49 healthcare employers an opportunity to discuss key priorities and share best practices regarding clinical rotations and availability, how to support life while in training, access and opportunities for training, and mental health awareness.

Todd Schmiedeler of Trilogy Health Services stated, “in today’s global economy with limited resources, Kentucky healthcare organizations need to combine our shared interests to ensure that our organizations and employees receive the support needed to be to fully recover from COVID-19. Every healthcare organization that attended the summit will benefit as our combined voices will sound off across the entire state.”

Employers were given an opportunity to hear from the Kentucky Board of Nursing and ask questions about their challenges. Kelly Jenkins, Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing said, “it was beneficial to speak with employers and partners today to better understand the challenges faced on their end and best communicate the role of the KBN in the healthcare industry. We look forward to working with employers and partners in the future and to working towards the continued advancement of Kentucky’s healthcare industry.”

While employers work in regional TPM collaboratives to build talent pipeline solutions, healthcare employers have repeatedly expressed interest in connecting with employers across Kentucky to share best practices and learn creative approaches to the workforce challenges they face as a result of COVID-19. This summit provided healthcare employers the opportunity to form a collective voice regarding the many barriers facing the healthcare industry in Kentucky.

Healthcare employers will be focused on identifying priorities within each of the four unique topics that can be addressed on a statewide level. On July 22nd, the TPM Statewide Healthcare Advisory Council will re-convene to better understand these priorities and begin working towards creating action plans around them. This group will determine the next steps and work to begin crafting a solution to benefit the healthcare industry statewide.

TPM Kentucky has formed seven regional healthcare collaboratives comprised of 49 employers that are working to gather the most accurate workforce data regarding the healthcare industry, develop talent pipelines, and eventually, co-engineer solutions with workforce and education partners.


About Talent Pipeline Management

In partnership with the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, Kentucky's Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)® is an employer-led demand-driven approach for businesses to create and manage talent' supply chains' by projecting talent needs and aligning those with education and workforce development systems.

About KY Chamber Workforce Center

Launched in January 2017, and the first in the nation, the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center is the centerpiece of the efforts that grew out of the Chamber's initial report on the state's workforce challenges to meet the needs of business.

About TPM Statewide Healthcare Advisory Council

The TPM Healthcare Advisory Council provides healthcare employers the opportunity to form a collective voice regarding the many barriers facing the healthcare industry in Kentucky. Through TPM, regional healthcare workforce challenges have been identified with the recognition that there are statewide issues that this council will work to address. This council will meet quarterly to discuss and address statewide healthcare priorities. Current members of this council consist of Todd Schmiedeler of Trilogy Health Services, Lynette Walker of Baptist Health, Joe Koch of Fleming County Hospital and Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Sonya Bergman of Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Beth Cavanaugh of Marshall County Hospital and Brandy Small of the Radcliffe Veterans Center.

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