Serving as a hospital or health system trustee is no longer a predictable, largely ceremonious role. Today's governing boards are called upon to tackle increasingly complex challenges. Trustees are helping guide management as healthcare organizations develop integrated networks, forge managed-care strategies, build stronger ties to physicians and craft risk-management programs.
In addition to these macro governance issues, trustees must respond to changes in their local healthcare markets. In many communities, the landscape has been altered because of closures, mergers and stronger competition. Friends and neighbors often turn to hospital board members for perspective on how marketplace changes will affect medical care. Staying on the cutting edge requires a strong commitment. But at times, serving becomes a thankless task.
That's why MODERN HEALTHCARE*is pleased to again recognize those who have made outstanding contributions as trustees of hospitals and healthcare systems. As in the past, we will honor two trustees: one from an organization with fewer than 200 beds or less than $40 million in annual revenues, and one from an organization with more than 200 beds or revenues of more than $40 million.
The 1998 Trustee of the Year competition is cosponsored by the Governance Institute, a La Jolla, Calif.-based organization that provides information services to trustees, physicians and managers of healthcare organizations. The Governance Institute is led by Charles Ewell, James Rice and Laura Walker.
Letters of nomination should be limited to five pages. They should outline the candidate's accomplishments as a trustee, emphasizing recent and specific achievements. Entry forms should be mailed with the nominating letter to Trustee of the Year Committee, MODERN HEALTHCARE Editorial Department, 740 N. Rush St., Chicago, Ill. 60611. Entries must be postmarked on or before Oct. 27.
Stories about the winners will appear in the Jan. 19, 1998, issue of MODERN HEALTHCARE.