In the wake of corporate scandals this year, governance issues never may face a more intense spotlight. Of course, board members at healthcare organizations have been feeling the heat of such scrutiny for years after the high-profile bankruptcy of Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation in Pittsburgh.
Although these stories get all the press, countless trustees labor tirelessly and nearly anonymously on behalf of hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide to keep their organizations focused on one thing: providing the best healthcare for their communities. But we want to tell their stories as well, which is the purpose of Modern Healthcare's annual Trustee of the Year competition. The awards honor two outstanding trustees for their contributions to healthcare governance-one for small healthcare organizations, those with fewer than 250 beds or less than $75 million in annual revenue, and another award for larger organizations.
To nominate someone for Trustee of the Year honors, send Modern Healthcare a letter no longer than five pages explaining why you believe the person deserves to win. Judging criteria will include accomplishments in leadership, strategy, community relations and finance. Letters must include the name of the healthcare organization, the organization's chief executive, address and phone number, number of staffed beds and 2001 revenue, as well as the name of the nominee's employer and years the trustee has been on the board. The letter also should include pertinent information about the person making the nomination.
Send nomination letters to Modern Healthcare, Trustee of the Year Awards, c/o David May, Assistant Managing Editor, 360 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60601-3806. The deadline for all nominations is Dec. 20. Winners will be announced in the March 24, 2003 issue of Modern Healthcare.