Great Boards Joins the American Hospital Association’s Center for Healthcare Governance

Bader & Associates founded the Great Boards website and newsletter in 2001 with the singular goal of promoting excellence in the governance of hospitals and health systems.  Since then, more than 40 issues of the newsletter have covered the gamut of board best practices, and the website has grown into a rich resource of model documents, tools and templates for boards in the healthcare field, all provided at no cost to subscribers.

Earlier this year, Bader & Associates and the American Hospital Association joined together to announce that the Great Boards newsletter, website and blog  now will be published by the AHA through its Center for Healthcare Governance, in conjunction with Bader & Associates.  This collaboration will enable Great Boards to significantly expand its outreach to new readers and to develop new content based on the combined capabilities of Bader & Associates and the AHA.

What will this mean for subscribers?  Beginning this fall, the tangible benefits you’ll see will include:

  • Redesigned Great Boards newsletter, published quarterly, with in-depth articles and practical tools on emerging governance issues such as health disparities and strategic planning for the care systems of the future
  • New tools and templates to help boards implement best practices
  • Redesigned Great Boards website to make it easier to locate the right resource
  • Streamlined access to AHA’s extensive resources on governance, current health policy issues, and performance improvement, including the Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence website
  • New interactivity tools to expand dialogue opportunities with AHA and throughout the trustee community.

Some things will not change, including Great Boards’ mission of providing valuable and extensive resources without cost to the healthcare community.  Barry Bader will serve as an editor and contributor, and will bring his 35 years of experience in governance to AHA as a Senior Consultant to the Center for Healthcare Governance and as a member of the Center’s National Board of Advisors. Mary K. Totten, Director of Content Development for the Center, will be the managing editor of Great Boards.

The first issue of the Great Boards newsletter to be produced jointly will be released shortly and address two important subjects: how boards can take action to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, and how to implement effective decision making processes at theboard level.