Under criticism from other industry groups, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership has doubled the number of voting members on its board and added powerhouse names from outside its main constituencies to serve as liaisons. The NCHL, which turns 1 year old next month, also graduated its first class of 30 executives from its Advanced Leadership Institute.
"We're making good progress," Chief Administrative Officer Marie Sinioris said last week. She said the group is "gaining the confidence of some organizations and skeptics who were wondering what we were up to."
Sinioris said the new board members, liaison members and participants in the NCHL's four topical councils constitute broad support across the industry. Their mission is to foster cooperation between executives and health management educators. Sinioris said the NCHL had been recruiting the new members for months.
The new voting trustees are Brenita Crawford, chief operating officer, Regional Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn.; Leo Greenawalt, president of the Washington State Hospital Association, Seattle; Richard Gustafson, senior partner, Heidrick & Struggles, Chicago; David Leach, M.D., executive director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Chicago; Stephen Loebs, professor, Ohio State University, Columbus; Janet Porter, associate dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Mary Richardson, professor, the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle; and Steve Shortell, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.
Also appointed were four nonvoting liaison members: Janet Corrigan, director of the Board on Healthcare Services at the Institute of Medicine, Washington; Nancy-Ann DeParle, former administrator of HCFA (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Washington; Scott Serota, president and chief executive officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago; and Maureen Bisognano, executive vice president and COO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston.
The Chicago-based NCHL is a partnership of the Healthcare Research and Development Institute, a private, for-profit organization whose members are executives of some of the largest healthcare systems in the country, and two academic groups, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and its sister organization, the Accrediting Commission for Education in Health Services Administration. Modern Healthcare is one of HRDI's 48 clients.
In its first year, the NCHL attracted nearly $900,000 in grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, but it also garnered criticism from existing organizations, which said its work duplicates their efforts.