Thomas Hanrahan, regional vice president of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health Care, and Rosemary Ernst Weghorst, learning and development specialist for Cincinnati-based Catholic Healthcare Partners, will share MODERN HEALTHCARE's 1999 Governance Fellowship award.
Each will receive $1,500 to study strategies for effective governance in large, geographically dispersed health systems.
It's the first time the biennial award, co-sponsored by the La Jolla, Calif.-based Governance Institute, has been given to more than one recipient.
Weghorst, 27, said her project will evaluate how governance best-practices manuals that are developed at the corporate level are refined, adapted to regional needs and disseminated. "It's really a way to strategize about our communications," she said.
Hanrahan, 52, who serves as chief executive officer of Intermountain's McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, will develop a case study. His goal is to help clarify "the change that is necessary in order to have effective governance in an integrated system that represents both payers and providers." He'll also analyze communication between local and corporate boards and their roles in healthcare systems.
The recipients will conduct their research independently.
A summary of the projects' outcomes will be published in an upcoming edition of MODERN HEALTHCARE.