Aug. 23, 2018
As planning season approaches, we once again take stock of our clients’ progress, appreciating the relationships we’ve built, and, as always, looking for places where we can help them succeed.
A growing trend I’ve observed over the past year is a refreshing and encouraging effort by successful rural health CEOs to fully capitalize on the strengths and skillsets provided by their board of directors.
Now, having said that, rural health board of directors may not traditionally have experience in healthcare. And, they may expect change that happens in manufacturing, for instance, but due to issues such as privacy laws and regulations, just aren’t practical in healthcare.
Historically, some CEOs may view boards as a just another cog in the health care machine. Provide the monthly updates and then go on about your business. But today’s board is so much different than the board of 20 years ago. Today’s board is diverse, highly skilled in many aspects of business, and most importantly, if properly engaged, full of tremendous ideas that can be put to immediate benefit.
However, as with snowflakes and fingerprints, no two boards are exactly alike. They do, however, share some commonalities:
All too often, boards aren’t fully utilized for the diverse array of experience and talent they bring to your hospital. In fact, this article from the American Hospital Association reminds us all that your board should not only be involved in the planning the growth of your organization, but rather, it should be driving it.
I’d encourage you to sign up for our upcoming webinar on September 6, where we profile rural health organizations and address strategies you can immediately apply:
In short, an empowered board is one of your facility’s greatest strengths. Get these dedicated community servants on board and enjoy valuable returns.
We’ve covered the “why;” next, let’s talk about the “how.” I’ll be discussing the best ways to onboard your board during our next webinar on Thursday, September 6th at 2 p.m. CST.
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