Trustee hon­orees bring al­ter­na­tive views

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Mer­rill Goozner, Ed­i­tor

A well-rounded board of trus­tees needs lead­ers who bring some­thing be­yond ac­count­ing, law and busi­ness skills to give top man­age­ment the ad­vice it needs in to­day’s com­plex health­care en­vi­ron­ment.

This year’s Mod­ern Health­care Ex­cel­lence in Gov­er­nance hon­orees, pro­filed in the next few pages, high­light how or­ga­ni­za­tions in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sec­tors are look­ing for peo­ple with unique ex­pe­ri­ences for their boards. You still need busi­ness­peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, of course.

But if you’re a large health sys­tem like As­cen­sion, you ask for­mer U.S. Sur­geon Gen­eral Dr. Regina Ben­jamin, who has made ill­ness pre­ven­tion a cen­tral fo­cus of her ca­reer, to serve. “We need to look at things such as clean air and clean wa­ter and work­site well­ness—they’re just as im­por­tant when it comes to to­tal out­comes of im­prov­ing health­care,” she said.

If you’re a medium-sized provider like Rose­land Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal in Chicago, which was in the throes of a fi­nan­cial cri­sis, you ask some­one like Ru­pert Evans, who took up a ca­reer in health­care man­age­ment af­ter re­tir­ing from the U.S. Air Force, to lend a hand. And, as di­rec­tor of a com­mu­nity health cen­ter, he knew how to bal­ance bud­gets.

And if you’re an in­no­va­tive health in­surer driv­ing to­ward greater cus­tomer en­gage­ment like Cam­bia Health So­lu­tions in Port­land, Ore., you seek out some­one like Mack Ho­gans, whose only prior ex­pe­ri­ence in health­care was that of a consumer. His long ca­reer in forestry had taken him into up­per man­age­ment at Wey­er­haeuser Co., a huge for­est prod­ucts com­pany.

Ho­gans’ lead­er­ship “has been in the epi­cen­ter of the move to build­ing a whole new plat­form of strong, consumer-ori­ented prin­ci­ples,” Cam­bia CEO Mark Ganz told Mod­ern Health­care.

I want to thank all our read­ers who sent in many wor­thy nom­i­na­tions. The judges this year de­cided not to give an award in the small provider or­ga­ni­za­tion cat­e­gory.

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