Faculty Profile for Dr. Kim Lee

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Dr. Kim Lee
Asst Professor of Practice — School of Health Administration
ENC 250
phone: (512) 245-3494

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Kim has modeled contemporary competence in professional practice through her leadership and management in a number of executive leadership positions over her 34 years in the healthcare industry.

Kim has served for 20 years in executive and senior leadership roles:

-From 2003 to 2013, first as President of Mind, Body, Spirit Rehab directing 300 therapists and support staff in 25 sites in Texas (2003-2008) and then as President of the Harden Leadership Institute in a national role (2008-2013), in which she created the Institute and directed leadership and corporate development for 400 leaders in 6 different operating companies in 16 states across the United States.
-From 1994 to 2013 in a number of subsidiaries and on the interprofessional, corporate team of Mariner Healthcare (a national company) in such senior management roles as Texas and then National Director of Clinical Training followed by National Director of Rehabilitation Development, among others.

Known for aligning key business objectives with leadership & business culture development, Kim delivers measurable business results from leadership programs across organizations. She has not just coached but has personally built and retained high performance teams by creating, delivering, and measuring the impact of leadership, management, and cultural training.

Kim founded and led the Leadership Development Institute within Harden Healthcare, serving as President. Kim created a culture of leadership within a family of health care companies and set expectations for over 400 company leaders through evidence-based leadership tools and practices she created. Kim developed systems to permeate the culture with the mission, values, and standards of behavior; developed and measured the direct business impact of leadership training programs, led strategic planning sessions, delivered company-wide online learning systems, and coached various leaders throughout the organization. Most importantly, Kim demonstrated a $5.5 M EBITDAM impact from just one of her leadership development programs using data from a 2-year period study.

As a result of her work and influence at Harden Healthcare, Kim was selected as one of the top 20 finalists for “Profiles of Power:Central Texas Women of Influence” by the Austin Business Journal, August 2013 and featured in “20 Women Who Have Changed the Face of Medicine” in Austin MD Magazine in May 2014.

Prior to her role as President of the Leadership Development Institute, Kim had full P&L responsibility as founder & President of MBS Rehab, offering physical, occupational, and speech-language pathology services in over 25 sites in Texas with responsibility for 300 therapy team members.

Kim has served in various clinical leadership roles since the inception of her career in roles such as National Director of Clinical Training and National Director of Rehabilitation Development for Mariner Healthcare, Corporate Clinical Training Manager with Prism Rehabilitation, and Clinical Services Director for Therapy Management Innovations.

Kim leads the independent leadership development practice, Treeline Leadership, in which she has consulted with and presented to clients across the country, offering to industry her unique metrics-driven approach to:
-Developing positive & cohesive company cultures
-Aligning leadership & cultural goals with business objectives
-Developing and deliver customized, evidence-based leadership programs
-Delivering solid ROI results on your leadership initiatives

Kim has performed quantitative and qualitative research in the area of team leadership and organizational culture using organizational data and metrics. As an operational business leader, Kim uses the results of that research to deliver real results with real value to organizations, leaders, and managers.

Kim has a doctoral degree (PhD) in Organizational Leadership from the University of Incarnate Word, a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration and Allied Health Education (MSHP/MHA) from Texas State University, and bachelor degrees in Physical Therapy (BSPT), and Biology (BA), from Texas State University and Texas Lutheran University, respectively.

Kim also has earned the recognition as Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Kim holds certifications in the Myers-Briggs and True Colors instruments, Leading with the Speed of Trust through Franklin-Covey, and Change Essentials through Red Tree Leadership.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Lee has demonstrated purpose, expertise, instruction, and facilitation in the course subjects:
*HA 5300, Healthcare Organization and Delivery
*HA 5346, Strategic Management
*HA 5362 & PT 7474 & PT 7364, Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory
*HA 5371, Marketing of Health Services
*HA 5191, Field Experience Orientation
*HA 5840, Administrative Field Placement
*LTCA 5322, Environmental Management
*LTCA 5324, Personnel Management in LTC
*HA 3309,Ethics in the Health Professions
*HA 3324, Supervisory Management in Healthcare
*Leadership Development, Instruction, and Coaching
*Organizational Design and Culture
*Team Leadership, Collaboration, Interprofessional Teaming, and Theory
*Leadership and Communication Preferences and Assessment (MBTI & True Colors Certified Practicing Administrator)
*Adult Learning and Program Development within Organizations
*Employment Law

Dr. Lee has demonstrated teaching best practices, as evidenced by course evaluations, program evaluations, students/participants comments, and organizational outcomes in the following areas:
*Student engagement both online and in the classroom;
*Integration of innovative classroom exercises, simulations, and discussion
*Commitment to excellence in teaching;
*Continued learning and research in the area of adult learning engagement to further enhance course delivery effectiveness; and
*Incorporation of her field consulting work and ongoing experiences with healthcare organizations and leaders into a dynamic classroom setting.

Research Interests

Research Agenda for Dr. Kim Lee, PT, MSHP (MHA), PhD, FACHE

Dr. Lee's primary research agenda includes exploration and writing in the areas of organizational leadership, organizational culture, and strategic management in acute, post-acute, outpatient, ambulatory, non-traditional, and wellness healthcare environments.

Dr. Lee's intent with research in and between these three very important areas (organizational leadership, organizational culture, and strategic management) is to ultimately help determine best practices/models in healthcare, which will in turn lead to more effective and efficient delivery systems within our state and nation.

Organizational leadership studies include research and publication in specific topics of servant leadership, team leadership, teaming, perceptions of leadership styles of team leaders, women’s styles of leadership, physician leadership, cross-collaborative (of various disciplines and generations) leadership and communication, and spiritual leadership. The impact, influence, and interrelationship of leadership, culture, and strategy on contemporary healthcare trends, changes, and business models are and will be likely and frequently of interest.

The Organizational Culture studies includes perception of culture in general; perception of the specific components making up culture by various health care organization team members and disciplines; determinants of culture; leaders’ impact on culture; and interrelationship of leadership, culture, and strategic management.

The Strategic Management studies include research into tools, practices, effects, and trends of strategic thinking, planning, management, control, execution, and communication within the healthcare organization and within the community being impacted by various healthcare organizations.

Research methods include associate engagement survey, physician engagement, and organizational evaluation data; various leadership assessments (such as Myers-Briggs Indicator & True Colors data); focus group interviews; case studies; organizational operational results; and systematic literature reviews. This list of methods is not exclusive. Research includes both quantitative and qualitative, frequently mixed design.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Beauvais, B. M., Kruse, C. S., Fulton, L. V., Brooks, M. S., Lee, K. A., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. H., … Mileski, M. (2021). Testing Kissick’s Iron Triangle - Structural Equation Modeling Analysis of a Practical Theory. Healthcare, 9(12), 1753. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121753
  • Fulton, L. V., Beauvais, B. M., Brooks, M. S., Kruse, C. S., & Lee, K. A. (2020). A Publicly Available Cost Simulation of Sustainable Construction Options for Residential Houses  (NOTE:  Discusses human health consequences). Sustainability, 12(7), 2873. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072873
  • Beauvais, B. M., Mileski, M., Ramamonjiarivelo, Z. H., Lee, K. A., Kruse, C. S., Betancourt, J. A., … Shanmugam, R. (2023). The Association Between Facility Affiliations and Revenue Generation  in Skilled Nursing Facilities – An Exploratory Study. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2023, 3099—3114. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S433771
  • Lee, K. A. (2022). Charting a New Course:  Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Management Education. Spring House, PA, United States: CAHME.
  • Fulton, L. V., Beauvais, B. M., Brooks, M. S., Kruse, C. S., & Lee, K. A. (n.d.). Green for the Environment and Green for the Pocketbook:  A Decade of Living Sustainably.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement for Excellence in Service, College of Health Professions. April 10, 2023 - September 8, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Faculty Excellence in Service, College of Health Professions. April 10, 2023 - September 8, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Faculty Excellence in Teaching, College of Health Professions. April 10, 2023 - September 8, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. April 10, 2023 - September 8, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. April 10, 2023 - September 8, 2023

Selected Grants

  • Lee, Kimberly Ann. Funding Education of Physical Therapists for Underserved Areas of Texas. (Funded: 1992 - 1994). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

SOHA MHA Admission Committee
July 2018-Present
Graduate Advisor
MHA Case Competition Advisor/Coach
January 2016-May 15, 2021
8-Week Online EMHA Program Research, Preparation, Curriculum Development, Coordination, Planning, and Launch
September 1, 2023-Present
Nontenure Line Faculty Committee
August 15, 2023-Present
College of Health Profession Events
January 15, 2023-Present