Summer 2013 Issue of Great Boards Features Articles on Board Committees and Practices for Enhancing Their Effectiveness

The summer 2013 issue of Great Boards is now available and features articles on board committees and practices for enhancing their effectiveness.

In “A Unique Approach to Assessing Board Committee Effectiveness,” Mary Totten reviews the process and outcomes from a board committee assessment conducted by the Internal Audit Services function at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc./Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. The article also provides eight suggestions for boards interested in successfully adopting this practice.

Improving board committee structure and function is the focus of a piece by governance consultants Barry S. Bader and Pamela R. Knecht. Topics they discuss include committee size, composition, information and reports, performance assessment, system-subsidiary board committees and more.

In addition, three new tools have been added to the Great Boards website. Two are from Sierra Vista Regional Health Center – a quarterly mentor feedback form and a board orientation form. The last is a tool from Board Effect on board portal preparedness. This tool will help your board decide which portal is right for you by providing you with important decision-making resources.