Naval Commander Will Address Healthcare Audience on Recruitment and Retention

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania

    WARRENDALE, Pa., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Pennsylvania native Mike
 Abrashoff, a naval commander, will provide his insights on retaining people
 and increasing morale through the use of grassroots leadership with healthcare
 executives from throughout western Pennsylvania.
     Abrashoff, an Altoona native and commander of the USS Benfold, will share
 his insights on leadership, motivation and retention at a special program to
 be held at Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania on Monday, April 16, 2001.
 The program will be held at Hospital Council's Education Center in Warrendale
 beginning at 1 p.m.
     "His insights are particularly pertinent in healthcare today," said Ian G.
 Rawson, Ph.D., president of Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania.  "All of
 our region's hospitals and healthcare organizations are facing shortages in
 staff.  This program has real relevance for our regional healthcare
 facilities.  It is far easier to retain employees rather than to recruit
 them."
     Abrashoff applied his principles on grassroots leadership when he was
 selected to become commander of the USS Benfold.  In a recent article
 published in the Harvard Business Review, Abrashoff describes the low morale
 on the ship coupled with high turnover.  He describes his grassroots
 leadership style as that of replacing command and control with commitment and
 cohesion.
     In the article, Abrashoff gives many examples of empowering individuals to
 share the responsibility of achieving excellence.  By applying the principles
 of grassroots leadership, Abrashoff was successful in increasing morale,
 retaining employees, and decreasing operating expenses.
     "We wanted to provide our region's hospitals with a different perspective
 on employee retention and recruitment," Rawson said.  "We can certainly apply
 some of these same principles in healthcare today."
     Besides serving as Commander of the USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as the
 military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, the Honorable William J.
 Perry.  He also worked on the air defense plan for Naval forces in the Persian
 Gulf in 1990.
     He is a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy of Annapolis and he currently
 resides in Boston where he is working on a book, "It's Your Ship," due out in
 the fall of 2001.
 
     Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania is a key data, strategic planning
 and advocacy resources for the region's acute care and specialty hospitals,
 long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers.
 
 

SOURCE Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania
    WARRENDALE, Pa., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Pennsylvania native Mike
 Abrashoff, a naval commander, will provide his insights on retaining people
 and increasing morale through the use of grassroots leadership with healthcare
 executives from throughout western Pennsylvania.
     Abrashoff, an Altoona native and commander of the USS Benfold, will share
 his insights on leadership, motivation and retention at a special program to
 be held at Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania on Monday, April 16, 2001.
 The program will be held at Hospital Council's Education Center in Warrendale
 beginning at 1 p.m.
     "His insights are particularly pertinent in healthcare today," said Ian G.
 Rawson, Ph.D., president of Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania.  "All of
 our region's hospitals and healthcare organizations are facing shortages in
 staff.  This program has real relevance for our regional healthcare
 facilities.  It is far easier to retain employees rather than to recruit
 them."
     Abrashoff applied his principles on grassroots leadership when he was
 selected to become commander of the USS Benfold.  In a recent article
 published in the Harvard Business Review, Abrashoff describes the low morale
 on the ship coupled with high turnover.  He describes his grassroots
 leadership style as that of replacing command and control with commitment and
 cohesion.
     In the article, Abrashoff gives many examples of empowering individuals to
 share the responsibility of achieving excellence.  By applying the principles
 of grassroots leadership, Abrashoff was successful in increasing morale,
 retaining employees, and decreasing operating expenses.
     "We wanted to provide our region's hospitals with a different perspective
 on employee retention and recruitment," Rawson said.  "We can certainly apply
 some of these same principles in healthcare today."
     Besides serving as Commander of the USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as the
 military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, the Honorable William J.
 Perry.  He also worked on the air defense plan for Naval forces in the Persian
 Gulf in 1990.
     He is a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy of Annapolis and he currently
 resides in Boston where he is working on a book, "It's Your Ship," due out in
 the fall of 2001.
 
     Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania is a key data, strategic planning
 and advocacy resources for the region's acute care and specialty hospitals,
 long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers.
 
 SOURCE  Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania