One-on-One with Trusted Advisors: Robert Lane
Author: Jana Greig
With a passion for the health care industry, BKD Senior Managing Consultant Robert Lane leverages his 32 years of health care experience to help post-acute care providers improve patient results, increase operational efficiencies and develop effective leadership.
“Better leaders make better operations. That’s really the nuts and bolts of it. Better leaders are better equipped to lead their organizations and create better outcomes as a result,” Bob says.
He recently was inaugurated as vice chair of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) during ACHCA’s 50th Annual Convocation & Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With experience as an administrator, field trainer, Quality Improvement Organization project manager, speaker and consultant, Bob knows the value ACHCA brings to the health care field.
“Over time, the ACHCA has developed beyond just the educational aspect and advocacy, and is kind of a one-stop shop for post-acute administrators and leaders to get what they need to stay up on what’s going on in their profession,” Bob explains.
In his new role as vice chair, Bob plans to further the ACHCA’s mission by implementing a new concept to keep members better connected.
“In lieu of a chapter or state affiliate type of system, we’re moving more toward a network hub concept, which is not so formal,” he says. “[The members] have common concerns and common areas of interest, and the ACHCA can be that platform or the foundation to bring them together.”
With significant experience as a health care administrator, Bob has a unique perspective on industry issues, challenges and trends from a provider’s point of view. In addition to helping members through ACHCA, Bob plans to use his experience and involvement to help BKD clients.
“As a professional services firm, we seek to be that trusted advisor,” Bob explains. “Being in this role with the ACHCA is one way in which I can help [clients] understand that we’re on top of the cutting-edge stuff going on out there that has potential to impact them.”
Bob is a frequent writer and contributor to The Link: Practical Insight for Long-Term Care & Senior Living Providers.
When he’s not sharing ideas and helping clients, he volunteers with Upward Transitions, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Habitat for Humanity as well as spends time with his wife of 25 years, Rose, and his two children, sings in his worship team at church, listens to a wide range of music—everything from jazz to blues to classical to rock—and enjoys golf, theater, woodworking and homebrewing craft beer.
Connect with Bob on LinkedIn.