Hospital governance has changed greatly in the last decade as a response to local and national trends in health care. To remain engaged and successful in the leadership role, board members are encouraged to sharpen old skills and acquire new ones. Without knowledge of and attention to the basic components of a board’s reason for being, a board may inadvertently abdicate its responsibilities. It is the board’s responsibility to map the hospital’s course through the establishment and periodic review of its mission, vision, and goals. This resource provides guidance on governance trends, barriers, and best practices.
A well-educated and informed governance body is instrumental to a hospital’s success.
Community leaders understand firsthand how hospital policies affect the communities they serve. These resources, specific to the trustee role, will help develop or maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to make effective decisions for your organization.
MHA’s Board of Trustees Orientation Manual has been designed to make it easy for you to develop and customize an Orientation Manual to your hospital. The document is a Microsoft Word template that enables you to quickly and easily add and delete content to modify the manual to your organization’s unique needs. An Instruction Guide is available to assist with editing the document.
Trustee Matters is a quarterly publication from the Missouri Hospital Association that is designed to deliver insights on health care topics with a special focus on how those matters impact hospital governance and leadership. Each issue is packed with the latest state and federal initiatives, as well as, governance guidance and resources to promote continuous learning and engagement. The publication provides educational tools to Missouri’s hospital trustees to add value to their board service and trustee experience.
Our partners at the American Hospital Association have numerous avenues for trustee involvement and participation. AHA Trustee Services delivers fresh, timely resources for hospital and health system boards that focus on trends in the health care field and the impact they could have on your organization and community. AHA also offers tools and briefings on good governance practices and thought leadership.
This document is intended to assist governing boards of health care organizations to responsibly carry out their compliance plan oversight obligations under applicable laws. This document is intended as guidance and should not be interpreted as setting any particular standards of conduct.
GovernWell™ is a single source tool for valuable educational programs, articles, templates, and tools that will enable your board to practice better governance as you strive to achieve your mission and vision. This product allows organizations across the country to have a “consultant in a box,” with quick-start tools and resources that ensure optimal success in governance practices, performance, and leadership development.
The Governance Institute provides trusted, independent information and resources to board members, health care executives, and physician leaders in support of their efforts to lead and govern their organizations. The Governance Institute is a membership organization.
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Health care is in a period of rapid change. At times like these, it is especially important for hospital trustees to understand the issues facing their organizations. These resources have been designed specifically for hospital trustees to develop the skills and knowledge that will allow them to make effective decisions for their organizations. On-demand education includes 12 self-playing 20-minute educational programs and additional reading for both new and experienced trustees.
This resource is for member hospitals and member hospital board members. For access, please contact Donna McCulloch.