Formerly the co-owner of Strategic Health Care, a consulting firm, she sold the business two years ago and devotes most of her time to philanthropy while also consulting in the business development arena.
Dr. Spoden was a practicing health care executive for over 25 years. Her strategic planning and program development expertise is coupled with practical management know-how, having previously worked as vice president of large hospital and health care systems. She has also had planning, marketing, and operations responsibilities within hospitals and has served as administrator for both primary care and multi-specialty group medical practices.
Spoden has been a member of the American Society of Association Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, MGMA, the national associations for home care, hospice, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), the Society for Health Care Planning and Marketing. She has served on many boards and task forces, including the National Hospice Organization (NHO), NHO’s End-of-Life Task Force, the Medicare Benefit Implementation Task Force, and Chairperson of Journey’s End: A Kentucky Partnership to Improve End-of-Life Care Coalition. She is an honorary Kentucky Colonel and is listed in the Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals.
Spoden is currently on the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and Shenandoah University Boards of Directors. She is also involved with multiple community service Boards including Great Falls Friends and Neighbors, Beethoven Found, Citizens Helping Heroes, We Will Survive Cancer, and the Aurora Foundation. All are volunteer/working Board positions.
Dr. Spoden has authored and been quoted in numerous articles for professional and trade journals. She has contributed to books, and wrote “Managed Care Contracting Survival Guide for Providers,” which was released in 2007 for HCPro.
She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. Her bachelor’s degree is in Liberal Studies and Business Administration. She lives in Great Falls, VA.