From the heart of the nation's largest metropolis to the heart of its farm belt, the spirit of community service is alive and well in America.
The 1998 winners of MODERN HEALTHCARE'S Trustees of the Year awards have exemplified that spirit in long and devoted service to their local hospitals. The awards recognize the best of the trustees volunteering their time and energy to the nation's hospitals.
The Governance Institute is again co-sponsoring the awards. The La Jolla, Calif.-based organization provides information services to trustees, executives and physicians at healthcare organizations.
This year's winners, Susan Brown Roschen of New York and Urban Knobbe of Carroll, Iowa, could give lessons in leadership and devotion. Roschen has served NYU Downtown Hospital in a variety of roles over four decades. Knobbe sacrificed some of the tranquility of his retirement years to help guide St. Anthony Regional Medical Center into the 21st century. Their stories, recounted in the articles that follow, should be an inspiration for everyone, layman or professional, in the healthcare system.
The judges for this year's awards were:
Sally Berger, chairwoman of Sally Berger & Associates, Chicago.
Connie Huber, chief executive officer, Powell County Memorial Hospital in Deer Lodge, Mont.
James Orlikoff, president of Orlikoff & Associates, Chicago.
Mark T. O'Neil Jr., president of United Health Services, Binghamton, N.Y.
S. Harvey Price, a healthcare strategist based in Boca Raton, Fla.
James Rice, president of the Governance Institute, La Jolla, Calif.
In a third portion of this year's awards coverage, reporter Ron Shinkman offers a cautionary look at a growing concern: potential conflicts of interest among healthcare trustees. He presents advice from leaders of the Governance Institute and other experts on how to head off problems.