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by Via Healthcare Consulting Thought Leaders

The Important Role of Trustee Advocacy  (Trustee Insights June 2023)
CEOs from four health systems around the country describe what is on their advocacy agendas and their strategies for leveraging the voice of their trustees to help build organizational resiliency and fortitude.
Health Equity Crosses All Board Responsibilities  (Trustee Insights April 2023)
Eliminating health disparities and improving health equity should be the responsibility of all health care leadership, beginning with the board. How the board carries that important work through all of its responsibilities will be a crucial component of health care’s success, or lack thereof, in improving health equity.

As economic pressures tighten, philanthropy has become an integral source of funding for hospitals and health systems. Understanding how the hospital board and foundation board can collaborate and connect can help maximize an organization’s ability to raise philanthropic support within their communities.

How to Navigate Complex, Multitiered Governance (Trustee Insights December 2022)

Affiliations and mergers and acquisitions have resulted in complex health systems with several layers of governance. Successfully navigating this multitiered structure takes defining roles and expectations for executive leadership and all the levels of governance.

Boards Must Address Equity Competencies (Trustee Insights Oct 2022)

To ensure health equity for patients and community members, board members should understand equity competencies required of the healthcare workforce, leadership, and governance.

Providing high quality, equitable care requires aligning strategic priorities in community health and population health with efforts to achieve health equity for patients and communities.

Via Managing Principal Karma Bass and Dr. Maria Hernandez, President/COO of Impact4Health, discuss how governing boards can use a survey tool to guide their efforts with health equity oversight.

A Governance Model to Get Physicians on Board (Trustee Insights March 2022)

Medical group governance can address physician burnout and provide physicians with decision-making influence that can increase provider satisfaction.

By addressing these key questions, governing boards can better understand the impact of COVID-19 on their underserved populations and take key actions that drive health equity.

Board Diversity Survey to Advance Health Equity (Trustee Insights September 2021)

Governing boards can use a ready-made survey tool to identify their strengths and weaknesses to oversee efforts that address racial bias and achieve health equity for their patients and communities.

Diverse Board Members Offer Their Perspectives (Trustee Insights August 2021)

Seasoned board members share key insights on how to attract and retain trustees of diverse ages, gender, race, ethnicity, and other attributes.

Board Diversity Lessons Learned (Trustee Insights June 2021)

CEOs from three leading health systems share their journey building governing boards that are diverse in terms of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and other attributes.

The Thing About Diversity Is…” (Trustee Insights April 2021)

Healthcare leaders can identify misconceptions that derail diversity efforts and key actions they can take to avoid them to build board diversity success.

5 Steps to Achieving Diversity on Your Board (Trustee Insights January 2021)

These key steps can serve healthcare leaders as guideposts to building a governing board with trustees of diverse ages, gender, race, ethnicity, and other attributes.

These practices and processes represent key drivers of success in building a governing board, comprised of trustees of diverse ages, gender, race, ethnicity, and other attributes.

Getting to the New Normal in Health Care (Trustee Insights November 2020)

A governing board can follow these key practices to help their hospital and health systems recover after a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tackling Health Equity: A Two-Part Podcast for Trustees (American Hospital Association August 2020)

Via Managing Principal Karma Bass and Dr. Maria Hernandez, President/COO of Impact4Health, discuss how hospital and health system governing boards are advancing health equity.

Building Hospital-Community Partnerships (Trustee Insights August 2020)

Leaders from several health systems and community organizations offer guidance on how to develop partnerships to address social determinants of health (SDoH) and better serve community needs.

Board Guidelines for a Time of Crisis (Trustee Insights April 2020)

These guidelines identify the do’s and don’ts of governance oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be applied to any crisis situation.

Eight Catholic U.S. health systems offer their success stories in redesigning their governance structures to address health system consolidation and centralization.

Reimagining Multitiered Governance in Health Care (Trustee Insights August 2019)

A more contemporary approach to hospital and community-level governance better reflects the changes resulting from the consolidation trend across the U.S. healthcare industry.

Five Questions Board Leaders Should Be Asking Themselves in 2016 (Becker’s Hospital Review January 2016)

Healthcare leaders and governing boards should ask these questions about five key issues to steer their organizations toward success in the New Year.

Reforms in healthcare delivery and payment have resulted in a transformation in how governing boards fulfill their duty of quality and patient safety oversight.

A Matter of Perspective (Trustee 2014)

Governing boards must understand the difference between governance and management or risk conflict with hospital leadership and unmet expectations.

Why Board Culture Matters (Trustee 2012)

Poor relationships and unhealthy group dynamics can lead to ineffective governance and negatively impact the performance of a hospital or health system.

Board Oversight of Quality (Journal of Healthcare Management 2009)

Better hospital quality performance, specifically in the process of care and mortality, may be associated with six key practices of board oversight of quality.

All Trustee Insights articles are used with permission of the American Hospital Association

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