Three lead­ers hon­ored as 2013 Trustees of the Year

Trustees key to guid­ing health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions through tur­bu­lent times

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Charles W.B. Wardell III, pres­i­dent and CEO of Witt/Ki­ef­fer, Oak Brook, Ill.

“In times of stress, be bold and valiant,” Ho­race wrote more than 2,000 years ago. Stress­ful times cre­ate great chal­lenges and great chal­lenges cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for change. True lead­ers draw in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and prove their met­tle with ac­tion and courage.

To­day, the re­mark­able trustees pro­filed on the fol­low­ing pages are liv­ing proof. They em­brace the up­heaval in health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions as they con­tinue the stren­u­ous jour­ney to­ward pa­tient­cen­tered care. With 2013 promis­ing an­other strong dose of tur­moil in our in­dus­try, board mem­bers con­tinue to cham­pion change in the face of un­re­lent­ing pres­sure to re­duce costs, main­tain qual­ity and pro­tect pa­tients. For this, they de­serve our recog­ni­tion and ad­mi­ra­tion.

Thanks to trustees such as th­ese, the coming year may also bring some­thing even more wel­come: progress to­ward a trans­formed de­liv­ery sys­tem. As we rapidly ap­proach the third an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, we will be­gin to see the re­sults of new and im­proved models of care. In toil­ing away to help their or­ga­ni­za­tions adapt to seis­mic shifts in how care is de­liv­ered and re­im­bursed—and con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor­ing what’s work­ing and what’s not—th­ese trustees will drive re­sults and help move our en­tire in­dus­try for­ward.

Witt/ Ki­ef­fer is proud to sup­port Mod­ern Health­care’s Trustee of the Year pro­gram for the 11th con­sec­u­tive year. As you read the sto­ries of this year’s hon­orees, take a few mo­ments to con­sider what they en­dured to ad­vance their or­ga­ni­za­tions’ mis­sion and vi­sion. I also en­cour­age you to re­flect upon the no­ble ac­com­plish­ments of board mem­bers in your own or­ga­ni­za­tions who, with­out fan­fare, are em­brac­ing ad­ver­sity and fur­ther­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of the na­tion’s health­care sys­tem.

Let them in­spire all of us to be bold in our think­ing and coura­geous in our ef­forts to keep the health and wel­fare of our ci­ti­zens at the cen­ter of our work.

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