The Missouri Hospital Association announced recipients of the Governance Excellence Certificate at the MHA Leadership Forum, held June 13 in Lake Ozark, Mo. Four Lake Regional Health System board members, Grant Barnum, D.O., Kevin Byrne, D.O., Robert Mason, D.O., and John Parrish, completed the voluntary educational program for hospital trustees.
“Each of our board members works diligently to stay abreast of the many issues related to health system operations and governance,” said Michael E. Henze, CEO of Lake Regional Health System. “We are pleased that nine of our 15 members now have completed the program during its first two years.”
MHA launched the Governance Excellence Certificate Program in 2011 to enhance hospital trustees’ skills and provide them with increased knowledge of issues in hospital governance to help them make effective decisions for their organizations. Lake Regional Health System Board Members John Caine, Dennis Michaelree, Robert Schwendinger, Larry Shields and Corey ten Bensel completed the program last year.
“Hospitals are complex organizations,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “To add value to decisions about hospital operations and support a hospital’s work in the community, a trustee must have a thorough understanding of a range of responsibilities in governance practices and the integration of the hospital’s mission and values. The Governance Excellence Certificate Program is designed to expand trustees’ knowledge base and provide enhanced decision-making skills.”
To complete the certificate program, trustees were required to attend a day-long session at MHA’s annual convention in November 2012 and complete six of eight independent study modules. The 27 certificate recipients recognized June 13 serve as trustees at 19 Missouri hospitals.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake region. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a two-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional Health System also operates primary care, urgent care, specialty and rehab therapy clinics, retail pharmacies and home health services throughout the lake area.
The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 152 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public, as well as legislative representatives, about health care issues.