It can be challenging to ensure quality training for healthcare leaders in our rural communities. Often times staff will have to travel far for expensive classes while managing their very busy schedules.

Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA) has been bringing healthcare leadership education to its members for over 10 years. We listen and respond by providing leading experts in relevant topics for today’s healthcare leader.

The WHA Leadership Academy focuses on different areas geared toward improving performance and motivating staff to be the best they can be. Classes are based on member feedback and suggestions.

Who should attend? Newly appointed managers or existing managers with leadership/performance goals, individuals with a demonstrated long-term commitment to their organization, individuals with high potential for future leadership roles, and existing managers looking to hone their skills or re-energize their role in the workplace. Featuring in-person classes in Grand Junction, onsite custom classes at your facility and WebEx sessions, WHA's Leadership Academy is guaranteed to take your leadership skills to the next level.  view/print class booklet

Budgeting 101 Webinar Series

Taught by Dr. Morgan Bridge, Department Head, Professor of Business, Colorado Mesa University

Dates:  June 13, June 20, and June 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Webinar

Cost: $75 per person

Have you ever been handed a paper or emailed a document that when reviewed is full of numbers that make no sense to you? Were you then told to use these numbers in decision making? If so, this three-part webinar series is for you! Bring your most recent balance sheet and income statement to discover the wealth of information that is waiting to help you increase your management potential.

As a participant you will learn to:

  • Read and use a balance sheet
  • Read and use an income statement
  • Utilize the balance sheet/income statements and financial ratios in decision making
  • Recognize the planning pieces required in budget preparation

You might find this workshop valuable if you:

  • Manage a budget
  • Manage expenses for your department/organization
  • Participate in budget preparation
  • Participate in decision making

Nursing Bundle Bootcamp

Taught by Jane McLeod, co-founder and principal of Capstone Leadership Solutions

Date:  August 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Grand Junction, Colorado

Cost: $200 per person


Who will benefit from attending:

The Nursing Bundle Bootcamp is designed with all levels of nursing leaders and employees in mind. No matter your level of education, experience, or job responsibility, there are solutions and inspiration for everyone. The Bootcamp experience is enhanced when a team of leaders from the same organization attend.

This solution-packed day consists of a refreshing learning schedule and environment. You will leave with a plan you can start executing on Monday.

One day camp includes:

  • Nursing Bundle (Bedside Shift Report & Handoff Communication)
  • Purposeful (Hourly) Rounding
  • Whiteboards
  • Discharge/Follow-Up Phone Calls
  • Changing How We Change
  • Validation Tactics
  • Direct Dialogue/Feedback

We hope that you and your team will be able to join us!

The Mind Matters training was even better than our expectations. There were a lot of good interactive discussions and examples, and the group activities got everyone actively involved.

Al White, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Pioneers Medical Center


Angelina Salazar

Chief Executive Officer




Dr. Bridge is the Department Head for the Department of Business at Mesa State College where she teaches in the areas of economics and finance. She received her BBA and Masters from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, and her Doctorate from the University of Wyoming. She is also Co-Director of the Entrepreneurial Business Institute (EBI), an organization helping to support and promote small business in Western Colorado. Through the EBI, she co-authors a quarterly newsletter (www.mesastate.edu/ebi) designed to provide businesses with current information on the local economy to assist them in their decision making processes. She has two sons, Brendan and Kole. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, reading and music.

Jane McLeod is the co-founder and principal of Capstone Leadership Solutions and co-author of The Employee Experience: A Capstone Guide to Peak Performance. Jane has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a registered nurse and leader. Throughout her years in the field, she held leadership positions at rural sole provider community hospitals, as well as at a large, tertiary facility in Michigan.

She possesses a guiding passion for “walking the talk” and often uses humor in storytelling to effectively educate from a frontline leader’s perspective, all the way to the C-Suite. Jane holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a certification in Healthcare Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.