They serve be­hind the scenes

Modern Healthcare - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

An­other elec­tion year brings even greater scru­tiny on the na­tion’s hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems. Can­di­dates in­vari­ably fo­cus on health­care—of­fer­ing widely di­ver­gent opin­ions on an is­sue of deep per­sonal in­ter­est to Amer­i­can fam­i­lies. Out­side the po­lit­i­cal arena—and re­gard­less of the elec­tion out­come—hos­pi­tals and sys­tems are trans­form­ing the ways in which this coun­try de­liv­ers and pays for care. Be­hind the scenes, health­care trus­tees work tire­lessly to guide their or­ga­ni­za­tions through ma­jor shifts in de­liv­ery and pay­ment mod­els.

To­day’s gov­ern­ing boards are well-versed in com­plex is­sues such as the de­vel­op­ment of ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions, ac­qui­si­tion of physi­cian prac­tices and in­te­grat­ing tech­nol­ogy to im­prove pa­tient care. Trus­tees help steer their or­ga­ni­za­tions through in­dus­try con­sol­i­da­tion, on­go­ing re­source con­straints, in­creased de­mand for ser­vices and a dearth of tal­ented lead­ers ready to step in for a gen­er­a­tion of re­tir­ing ex­ec­u­tives.

Witt/ki­ef­fer is proud to part­ner with Mod­ern Health­care to sup­port the Trustee of the Year pro­gram for the 10th con­sec­u­tive year. The 2012 win­ners join trus­tees na­tion­wide who vol­un­teer their time, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to im­prove the qual­ity of life in their com­mu­ni­ties. From ad­vanc­ing in­no­va­tion in pa­tient care to strength­en­ing suc­ces­sion plan­ning strate­gies, trus­tees like this year’s award win­ners are de­ter­mined to up­hold the mis­sion and vi­sion of their hos­pi­tals and sys­tems. Read­ing about their con­tri­bu­tions drives home the com­mit­ment these in­di­vid­u­als bring to the fu­ture of their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

As you ex­er­cise your right to vote in this year’s elec­tion, I urge you to reach out to a health­care trustee to ex­tend your vote of thanks for ex­tra­or­di­nary vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions to im­prov­ing the health of Amer­i­cans na­tion­wide.

Charles W.B. Wardell III Pres­i­dent and CEO

Witt/ki­ef­fer Oak Brook, Ill.

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