Trustee Resources

Professionals at Business MeetingAs the health care landscape continues to change and evolve, business and community leaders serving on hospital boards must know what is expected of their hospitals to continue their missions in providing exceptional care to patients. Hospital board members see firsthand how the hospital’s presence in the community affects the livelihood of residents, as well as the community. MHA is committed to providing educational resources for trustees to develop the skills and knowledge that will allow them to make effective decisions for their organizations.

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  • Trustee of the Year Award
Board of Trustees Orientation Manual

The Missouri Hospital Association’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 Services

AHA has numerous avenues for trustee involvement and participation in the Association's governance, grassroots advocacy, policy development, and field leadership initiatives, including a library of webinars for in-boardroom education.

Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Board on Compliance Oversight
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.

AHA’s Trustee Insights
This quarterly update is a multimedia package that includes not only briefs on some of the hottest topics in health care, but also webinar and video content that can be used for boardroom education and discussion. Subscribe here to get this update delivered directly to your inbox.


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.

Quorum Health Resources
QHR provides various resources to support hospital board members. A list of upcoming webinars presented by QHR is available online. Registration is free; however, there is a fee for webinar participation.

The Governance Institute
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.

BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation
The experienced professionals of BDO's Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation combine proactive guidance with an industry perspective. We offer web-based insights on a variety of business, regulatory and industry-specific topics of interest. Many of these offerings are CPE-qualified. A variety of on-demand webinars presented by BDO is available online at no cost and listed below.

BDO Annual Nonprofit Tax Update
Tuesday, Oct. 24
Noon to 1 p.m.
Click here for more information.


The Governance Excellence Certificate Program

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. The Governance Excellence Certificate Program has been designed specifically for hospital trustees to develop the skills and knowledge that will allow them to make effective decisions for their organizations. This voluntary program gives Missouri hospital trustees the opportunity to earn a certificate in governance excellence from the MHA Health Institute.

MHA launched the Governance Excellence Certificate Program in 2011 to enhance hospital trustees’ skills and to equip them with increased knowledge of issues in hospital governance. To complete the certificate program, trustees are required to attend a day-long seminar and complete six of eight independent study modules. To date, there have been 122 graduates of the GECP program. 

New governance education resources are now available on-demand. This includes:

  • 12 self-playing 20-minute educational programs
  • additional reading for both new and experienced trustees

This content is available at

If you are a member hospital or member hospital board member, please contact Donna McCulloch at to obtain the password to access the education materials.

2016 Trustee Webinars

Strategic Planning for Health Care Boards: From Process to Implementation
Speaker: Panos Lykidis

Hospital and Health System Board Self-Assessments
Speaker: J. Larry Tyler
Chairman and CEO, Practical Governance Group
Chairman Emeritus, Tyler & Company

“Best Practices in CEO Performance Appraisals
Handout 1  |  Handout 2
Speaker: Charles R. Evans
Associate, Practical Governance Group
President and CEO, International Health Services Group

2015 Trustee Webinars

“The Role of the Trustee: Guidelines for New or Rookie Hospital Trustees”
Recording | Handouts
Speaker: Larry Walker
President, The Walker Company

“Compliance and the Board: Understanding Fiduciary Responsibilities”
Speaker: Patrick Sulzberger, CPA, CHC
Partner, TSP Healthcare

Trustee Matters

This publication from MHA provides insights on important health care topics, with special attention to emerging issues in health management and governance. Published quarterly, Trustee Matters provides educational tools to Missouri’s hospital trustees to add value to their board service and trustee experience.

Trustee Briefs

Trustee is the only magazine written specifically for the directors of hospitals and health care systems. Its award-winning articles are designed to serve both new and veteran trustees. Each issue is packed with expert governance guidance and the latest health care trends, issues and data from the industry's most important thought leaders. Trustee gives board members the information they need to lead their organizations through the changing health care environment. Inside Trustee is a free e-newsletter offered through Trustee magazine.

2020 Trustee of the Year Award — SUSPENDED

Due to the impact COVID-19 is having on hospital and health system staff, MHA will be suspending the 2020 Trustee of the Year Award. While we believe this award is important to recognize the outstanding work that individuals and hospitals are doing, we also understand how valuable your time is, especially now, and should be devoted to addressing the needs of your hospitals and communities.


2019 Trustee of the Year Award

Marvin Lyman
Truman Medical Centers
Kansas City, Mo.


Winthrop "Win" Reed III
Mercy Hospital South
St. Louis


2018 Winners

Thomas W. Wagstaff
Saint Luke's Health System
Kansas City, Mo.

Robert Jackson
Community Hospital – Fairfax
Fairfax, Mo.


2017 Winners

Omanez Fockler, R.N.
Texas County Memorial Hospital
Houston, Mo.

Peggy Dunn
Truman Medical Centers Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.