Trustees Crucial to Transformational Change
Posted on March 21, 2019
Building a healthy community can be achieved only by giving all individuals an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can, whatever their ethnic, geographic, racial, socioeconomic or physical circumstances may be. Hospitals must have partners to improve health in the community, but partnerships face common barriers, including limited funding and resources, differing organizational cultures, and the need for leadership buy-in. Helping overcome barriers is an essential role of the governing board, and there is no better way to prepare board members to lead in this capacity than through participation in the MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship.
The fellowship is a rigorous and comprehensive program that delivers tools and knowledge in four strategic areas: principles of effective governance, improving quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, and building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the sessions are led by experts in governance with a healthcare background. The schedule of the 2019-2020 fellowship has been amended slightly from past years. Fellows will still meet in person four times a year; but instead of the two-day sessions held in the past, each session will be completed in a single day at MHA headquarters in Okemos. The in-person sessions are augmented by 90-minute virtual sessions held in each of the months when fellows are not meeting in person. This new format should give board members a greater opportunity to fit this valuable learning into their busy schedules.
CEO support for the fellowship is overwhelmingly positive, as demonstrated in their testimonials. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 Excellence in Governance Fellowship, which will be held from October 2019 through June 2020. Space is limited for this class. To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.
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