The creator of a proposed study to identify skills and competencies for governing board members of integrated healthcare systems is the winner of MODERN HEALTHCARE's 1994 Governance Fellowship Award.
The award winner is Scott W. Goodspeed, vice president and chief operating officer at Optima Health, a Manchester, N.H.-based two-hospitalGovernance
holding company. A summary of his research will be published in an upcoming issue of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
The award, co-sponsored by the Governance Institute, La Jolla, Calif., is given to an individual who seeks to answer timely or controversial governance issues through research.
"A governance team must clearly be committed to tackling the challenges facing the health of its community while maintaining the strength of its balance sheet," Mr. Goodspeed said in his award submission. "New core skills and competencies need to be identified and adopted for 21st century governance in order to prepare the healthcare organization and community for change."
The two award runners-up:
Keith T. Pryor, a healthcare professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and Andrea Szentirmai, vice president at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, New York. Mr. Pryor and Ms. Szentirmai proposed to study effective methods of improving communications between management and boards of integrated delivery systems. Mr. Pryor is the former president and chief executive officer of Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, Mass.
Vicki L. Romero, president and CEO at Woman's Hospital Foundation, Baton Rouge, La. Ms. Romero offered to review and assess the new strategic planning method at Woman's Hospital, called "CoNexus." The method calls for problem-solving through the use of computer software that allows board members and management staff to "vote" and record their opinions anonymously.