Bryan J. Weiner, assistant professor of health systems management at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is the winner of MODERN HEALTHCARE's 1997 Governance Fellowship award.
Weiner, 30, will use the $2,500 fellowship to study such issues as mission and community accountability faced by public-private healthcare partnerships.
"Partnerships employing traditional governance practices may experience difficulty securing the level of direct community participation in governance necessary to guide resource allocation and service delivery efforts," Weiner said in his award submission.
"I'm thrilled," he said after his selection. "It's a great opportunity to determine how you take all that energy and enthusiasm and actually improve the health of the community."
Weiner said he will use the fellowship to subsidize the study of four partnerships: the Solano Coalition for Better Health in Solano County, Calif.; Healthcare 1999 in Pembroke, N.C.; the Itasca Partnership for Quality Healthcare in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and the Somerbridge Community Health Partnership in Cambridge, Mass. A summary of Weiner's research will be published in a subsequent issue of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
Finalists for the fellowship included:
Keith H. Morgenlander, project director, integrated delivery systems, Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Pittsburgh. He proposed a study of virtual healthcare integration as it pertains to the shared governance between payers, hospitals and physicians.
Jonathan R. Phillips, associate consultant, Deloitte & Touche, Detroit. He proposed to study the role of healthcare system governance as it relates to improving competitiveness.
Errol L. Biggs, director, center for health administration, University of Colorado at Denver. He proposed to study the compensation of hospital and health system board members and whether there was a correlation with their overall performance.