Yet when it comes right down to it, healthcare is still about people and communities—maybe more so in an era that extols the importance of patient experience, supports population health, and celebrates healthy lifestyles and wellness. Even the most sophisticated board must have a laser-like focus on its organization's mission, values and constituents.
This focus is a defining characteristic of the exceptional trustees profiled in the following pages—their success is rooted in a deep appreciation of their charge. They are servants in the fundamental sense of the word, sacrificing themselves for the betterment of their organizations and the strengthening of their communities.
Witt/Kieffer is proud to support Modern Healthcare's Trustee of the Year awards program. These awards are a rare chance to recognize individuals who demonstrate duty of care through great leadership and board service—all for the good of others. As you read their stories, I encourage you to reflect upon the ongoing and often-unnoticed contributions of board members in your own organization. Let us all continue to advocate for a brand of healthcare that will always put patients and their communities first.
Charles W.B. Wardell III is president and CEO of executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, Oak Brook, Ill.