Lynne Cunningham, MPA, FACHE

With four decades of healthcare experience, including 30 years as a strategic planning and marketing consultant, Lynne Cunningham is uniquely qualified for her role as both coach and international speaker. She has worked with hospitals, health systems, medical groups, organ procurement organizations and associations all over the country to define, measure and evaluate the perception of quality among patients, employees, physicians and the community. Lynne brings a broad base of experience and views to her clients. A skilled facilitator with keen insight into group dynamics, Lynne works with organizations to help them determine the best way to apply and integrate Studer Group processes as they create their own “fingerprint” for their cultural change journey. Lynne has gained a broad perspective of how to apply the Studer Group process in a variety of healthcare settings. She is a frequent speaker on Studer Group basics and how to measure return on investment with application of Studer Group’s Evidence-Based LeadershipSM tools. In addition to working with leaders, Lynne works with boards of directors to help them understand their role in today’s changing healthcare environment and is on-hand to facilitate discussions when they are making decisions for the future. For example, “is a management or ownership change appropriate?” or, “should the facility partner with or acquire another organization?” Her knowledge of the healthcare industry and her ability to work with executives, other leaders, boards and providers bring instant credibility to her assignments.

Professional Experience

Lynne is notably skilled as a strategic planning facilitator and works with hospitals, medical groups, associations and other organizations that impact healthcare as they create or update their annual goals and long-term strategies. On-site facilitation with executives, other leaders, board members and physicians will result in strategies that your team will buy into and will improve the execution of the plans that are developed. Lynne can also facilitate the development of a decision making matrix to help your organization identify the best strategic partnerships and how to assess the viability of any specific alliances. Lynne is the author of several books and many journal articles on topics including taking conversations from difficult to doable, the impact of patient satisfaction on malpractice exposure, physician involvement in marketing and marketing best practices in a variety of service lines. Prior to joining Studer Group, she was a staff administrator at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and at Sutter Health.

Industry Speaking Engagements

  • Missouri Hospital Association (MHA)
  • Voluntary Hospital Association (VHA) Central Division
  • Healthcare Human Resources Association of Minnesota (HHRAM) Annual Conference

Education and Certifications

  • Master of Public Administration, California State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Northern Arizona University

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