Executive Health Care Leadership Institute

IHCA’s Executive Health Care Leadership Institute is custom designed for post-acute care providers.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Healthcare of Iowa.

Unlike other leadership training programs, this program is custom built for those who work in the post-acute care profession. It includes the leadership fundamentals you need to lead others, and the specific technical skills in demand in post-acute care settings. Whether you are new to your leadership role and looking for tips to get started, or you have been a leader for a while and looking for new strategies to navigate today’s ever-evolving environment, the IHCA Executive Health Care Leadership Institute is for you!

This program includes a mix of in-person and live digital sessions that you can attend at the comfort of your own home or office – and requires less travel time to attend. During the 2023-2024 program, attendees of the leadership institute will participate in a quality improvement project. Click here to view the 2023-2024 schedule. Applications are now closed for the 2023-2024 program.


Lou Ann

Lou Ann Brubaker, founder of Brubaker Consulting, has over three decades of experience helping post-acute care organizations enhance their customer service, supervisory skill success, occupancy mix and staff retention.


Brenda Irlbeck, VP, Quality Improvement and Regulatory Affairs, assists IHCA, ICAL and ICHC members in navigating and resolving complex and timely issues with quality improvement and clinical practices and develops and coordinates programs and systems to monitor, evaluate and improve clinical services, patient care and regulatory compliance in member facilities.


In-Person Leadership Topics

  • The Agile Leader
  • Introduction to Program
  • Strengthening Your Leadership Communication Skills (MBTI)
  • Offering Feedback that Makes a Difference
  • Creating Measurable Objectives
  • Addressing Staff Performance/Using Progressive Discipline
  • Evaluating Staff Performance (MBTI)
  • The Leader’s Role in Occupancy
  • Developing Successful Plans as a Team
  • Creatively Solving Problems
  • Creating a Culture of Trust
  • Promoting from Within
  • Inspiring Change
  • Leading Change
  • Quality Improvement

Webinar Topics

  • Using Data to Improve
  • Delegating to Others
  • Managing Conflict
  • Recruiting Exceptional Senior Care Staff
  • Retaining Exceptional Senior Care Staff

Quality Improvement Project

  • During the 2023-2024 program, attendees of the leadership institute will participate in a quality improvement project.


This scholarship, made possible by Iowa Total Care, is for leaders at IHCA, ICAL and ICHC member organizations interested in attending the IHCA Executive Leadership Institute program. This program is especially designed for leaders who work in long-term care and includes the leadership fundamentals necessary to lead others and the specific technical skills in demand in long-term care settings. Nine scholarships will be offered to provide for the $1,500 registration fee to participate in the IHCA Executive Leadership Institute program. Applications are now closed.

Scholarship criteria and information
Applicants for this scholarship must meet all the criteria listed below to qualify: 

  • Work for an IHCA member nursing facility, assisted living program, residential care facility, independent senior living community or home health agency in good standing at the time of application and at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Have current supervisory authority or be in training for future anticipated supervisory duties, as approved/confirmed by their manager.
  • Submit a complete application form, including a 500-word essay and letter of recommendation.

Scholarship award process 

  • The IHCA Foundation Board of Directors and IHCA Vice President of Quality Improvement and Regulatory Affairs will judge qualified applications.
  • Recipients will be notified of the results by the end of July.
  • Awarded scholarship funds are placed in the care of the recipient with IHCA for use for the IHCA Executive Leadership Institute program. The program must be completed by the end of July 2024.


CEUs + Registration Fee

  • Program provides opportunity to earn up to 30.0 CEUs
  • Registration fee is $1,500 for one individual or $2,500 for two individuals for the same organization


Presenting Sponsor: Healthcare of Iowa


For more details, click here.


For questions and additional information about how to apply, contact IHCA’s Brenda Irlbeck at brenda@iowahealthcare.org or 515-978-2204.