With all due respect to Charles Dickens, it's the best of times—and the worst of times—to be sitting on the board of a hospital or health system.
Board members rise to challenges
It's the best of times because innovations in clinical practice, information technology and system integration will ensure top-quality, patient-centered care in a post-reform era. It's also the most difficult of times because trustees must grapple with seemingly overwhelming complexities inherent in financing, regulatory compliance and physician alignment, to name only a few.
We have all the confidence in the world that the nation's healthcare trustees are up to the times. Their determined work supports their organizations' mission to provide the highest level of patient care, even amid uncertainty. Board members have the vision and experience to play a pivotal role in developing strategy for challenges such as health reform, industry consolidation, physician partnerships and the development of accountable care organizations.
Witt/Kieffer is proud to partner with Modern Healthcare to support the Trustee of the Year program for the ninth consecutive year. The 2011 winners join trustees nationwide in representing a broad and deep resource of leadership. As you read about their contributions, I believe you will find their perspective and perseverance quite extraordinary in the face of so many challenges.
Lasting efforts on behalf of their hospitals and systems will support the transformation of healthcare delivery in this country. And in so doing, they continue to improve the health of the patients and communities they serve.
Changing times require leaders with a steadfast commitment to prepare for the future. This year's Trustee of the Year winners are among the very best.
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