Board mem­bers rise to chal­lenges

Modern Healthcare - - Special Feature -

With all due re­spect to Charles Dick­ens, it’s the best of times—and the worst of times—to be sitting on the board of a hos­pi­tal or health sys­tem. It’s the best of times be­cause in­no­va­tions in clin­i­cal prac­tice, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and sys­tem in­te­gra­tion will en­sure top-qual­ity, pa­tient-cen­tered care in a post-re­form era. It’s also the most dif­fi­cult of times be­cause trustees must grap­ple with seem­ingly over­whelm­ing com­plex­i­ties in­her­ent in fi­nanc­ing, reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance and physi­cian align­ment, to name only a few.

We have all the con­fi­dence in the world that the nation’s health­care trustees are up to the times. Their de­ter­mined work sup­ports their or­ga­ni­za­tions’ mis­sion to pro­vide the high­est level of pa­tient care, even amid un­cer­tainty. Board mem­bers have the vi­sion and ex­pe­ri­ence to play a piv­otal role in de­vel­op­ing strat­egy for chal­lenges such as health re­form, in­dus­try con­sol­i­da­tion, physi­cian part­ner­ships and the de­vel­op­ment of ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Witt/Ki­ef­fer is proud to part­ner with Mod­ern Health­care to sup­port the Trustee of the Year pro­gram for the ninth con­sec­u­tive year. The 2011 win­ners join trustees na­tion­wide in rep­re­sent­ing a broad and deep re­source of lead­er­ship. As you read about their con­tri­bu­tions, I be­lieve you will find their per­spec­tive and per­se­ver­ance quite ex­tra­or­di­nary in the face of so many chal­lenges.

Last­ing ef­forts on be­half of their hos­pi­tals and sys­tems will sup­port the trans­for­ma­tion of health­care de­liv­ery in this coun­try. And in so do­ing, they con­tinue to im­prove the health of the pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

Chang­ing times re­quire lead­ers with a stead­fast com­mit­ment to pre­pare for the fu­ture. This year’s Trustee of the Year win­ners are among the very best.

Jim Gauss, Pres­i­dent and CEO Witt/Ki­ef­fer

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