A national advisory panel has selected six health systems as demonstration sites for a study linking quality of system governance to community health.
The W.R. Kellogg Foundation is underwriting the $450,000 three-year study, which will examine how hospitals can better link the performance of hospital chief executive officers and boards of directors to improved community health. The goal is find the best ways to motivate hospital managers to address and improve health in their communities.
The panel, whose members were selected by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Hospital Association, chose Evergreen Community Health Care in Kirkland, Wash., and its CEO, Andrew Fallat; Kaleida Health in Buffalo, N.Y., and its CEO, John Friedlander; Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson, N.C., and its CEO, Philip LaKernick; St. Joseph Healthcare in Albuquerque and its CEO, Steven Smith; St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Ind., and its CEO, Milton Triana; and Texas Health Resources in Irvine and its CEO, Douglas Hawthorne. Thirty-one hospitals applied for the study. The panel sought diversity.
Hawthorne is on the AHA's board of trustees.