Hospital chief executive officers and board chairpersons have significantly different views about each other's roles in running their institutions, said a report released last month by the American College of Healthcare Executives.
The report contains the final results of ACHE's Partnership Study, which was cosponsored by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and Ernst & Young, the national accounting and consulting firm.
The sponsors began releasing a few results from the report as early as last fall, but they waited until February to issue the results in their final form.
The report is based on a survey of 1,423 CEOs, board chairpersons and medical staff presidents from 1,197 hospitals. The survey polled the respondents about their views of their roles and the roles of their counterparts in running their institutions.
One of the differences between CEOs and board chairpersons involves strategic planning. Some 74% of the board chairpersons identified strategic planning as one of their major roles, while only 54% of the CEOs said it was a prime role for board chairpersons (See chart).
The leaders also disagreed on whose responsibility it is to identify a successor for the CEO. Some 53% of the board chairpersons said that's one of their major roles. But only 38% of the CEOs said chairpersons should perform that duty.
Board chairpersons also saw the major roles played by CEOs differently than the CEOs themselves. For example, some 54% of the chairpersons said the CEO has the major responsibility of presenting medical staff interests to the board. Only 27% of the CEOs agreed. Meanwhile, some 40% of the medical staff presidents said CEOs should have that role.