GREGORY S. LUNDSTROM RECEIVES AWARD RECOGNIZING LEADERSAHA - Press Release:GREGORY S. LUNDSTROM RECEIVES AWARD RECOGNIZING LEADERS
...GREGORY S. LUNDSTROM
RECEIVES AWARD RECOGNIZING LEADERS IN SMALL OR RURAL HOSPITALS Gregory S. Lundstrom, CEO of Lindsborg Community Hospital and administrator of Lindsborg Rural Health Clinic in Lindsborg, Kansas, is the 2000 recipient of the Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award.
...Lundstrom played a significant role in the direction of the hospital and its clinic long before he became CEO in 1997.His
first effort to help solidify financial resources to maintain the long-term health care needs of the community was in 1991.As director of development and special projects, Lundstrom was part of a fund drive that raised nearly $2 million dollars to construct the new 37-bed facility, which replaced an older building from 1949.
In this role, Lundstrom
also oversaw the construction of the new RHC, which brought in a former physician-owned, off-campus clinic and an independent pharmacy.
Lundstrom's success earned him the title of hospital CEO and RHC administrator.But he
also faced several challenges in his
new role, including an outstanding capital debt on the RHC, low inpatient utilization and high employee turnover.The pressures from reduced Medicare reimbursements from the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) have added to his
burdens, jeopardizing the hospital's ability to continue providing vital services.Facing an increasing Medicare population and decreasing funding, Lundstrom approached the mayor and city council about issuing bonds to help refinance the capital debt, allowing additional dollars to be used to continue offering new services to the community.He
met with all segments of the community to discuss the problem and proposed a sales tax increase to help cover the bond repayment.Voters of the community responded and passed the sales tax increase by a five-to-one margin.Lundstrom
is highly regarded in the Lindsborg community
innovative strategies to maintain health care services for the people his
hospital and the RHC serve.For example, when the nursing shortage hit his community, Lundstrom
partnered with Bethany Home -- a long-term care provider in Lindsborg
- to hire several nurses to be shared between the two institutions.
has been very active in the community.He is the chairman-elect of the Sunflower Health Network for Central Kansas, an alliance of small and large hospitals that seek mutually beneficial solutions and innovations to the health care challenges facing their communities.
In November 1999, the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators - an allied group of the Kansas Hospital Association -- presented Lundstrom
with the Emerald Award for his
successful efforts in the advocacy campaign to help address the unintended consequences of the BBA.Also in 1999, Lindsborg Community Hospital
was rated one of the top hospitals in Kansas by the Press-Ganey patient satisfaction survey.Lundstrom has long been a member of the Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce - once serving as president - the Rotary, Kiwanis, Bethany Lutheran Church and various committees, among other community activities.He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.