When Michael Voisin joined the board of commissioners at Terrebonne General Medical Center in 1997, board meetings averaged seven hours. That's because his tenure at the 305-bed public hospital in Houma, La., began amid turmoil.
As the economy spiraled downward in 2007, the board of directors at Virginia Gay Hospital debated whether to go ahead with a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to renovate the 25-bed critical-access facility. It wasn't an easy decision.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker's life is about faith and fairness. She has worked steadfastly to infuse those values into her roles as a hospital trustee and a judge for the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, a position she has held since 1984.
Patricia Costante is not one to shy away from difficult jobs. In fact, she's made a career out of it. She founded MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey in 2002 even as other malpractice insurers serving the state failed.
With all due respect to Charles Dickens, it's the best of times—and the worst of times—to be sitting on the board of a hospital or health system.
This year, 47 nominations were received for the Trustee of the Year awards program, co-sponsored by executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, based in Oak Brook, Ill. Nominations were accepted from Oct. 4-Dec. 17. The categories were expanded, and some of the criteria changed compared with previous years.