Want a spot on the American Hospital Association board of trustees next year? There are some new criteria you'll have to meet.
The AHA board recently approved "desirable criteria" for would-be trustees.
Proposed by the AHA's Committee on Nominations, the criteria were presented last week to the 26-member AHA board during the association's annual membership meeting in Washington.
Richard Wade, AHA senior vice president for communications, said criteria for prospective board members are discussed each year by the AHA board and nominating committee. Wade said nothing specific led to the adoption of the criteria.
The criteria, the AHA said, include:
A commitment to the AHA's mission and values of healthcare that are centered around patients and their communities.
Proof nominees are pushing their organizations to a strong network leadership role.
A strong record of involvement with the AHA at its grass-roots and national levels.
The AHA's six-member committee on nominations will recommend candidates for five trustee seats that will open on the AHA's board next year, including two chairmanships on regional policy boards. A board trustee's term is three years.
The committee, chaired by Carolyn Roberts, a former AHA board chair, also must nominate someone for the post of chairman-elect, an appointment that ultimately leads to chairmanship of the board.
The committee's nominations must be approved by the AHA's House of Delegates.
Fred Brown, the current chairman-elect, will become the AHA's board chair next year. Brown is president and chief executive officer of BJC Health System, St. Louis.
Late last year, the AHA said board members John McMeekin, president and CEO of Crozer-Keystone Health System, Springfield, Pa., and Carolyn Lewis, a trustee at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, were vying to be the next chair-elect.