Summer 2015 Issue of Great Boards Explores How to Implement Best Practices; Assess/Develop Effective Board Culture

The summer 2015 issue of AHA’s Great Boards newsletter is now available and includes a feature article on how the board of a small critical access health care organization used its Governance Committee to implement best governance practices, as well as an article exploring a process for assessing and developing effective board culture.

In “Best Governance Practices: Not Just for Goliaths,” author Mary K. Totten profiles how Margaret Mary Health, a 25-bed critical access hospital and health system in Batesville, Ind., is shattering the myth that only large boards can practice state-of-the-art governance. The article discusses Margaret Mary’s journey and includes a list of six best practices now used by the organization’s board.

In “Effective Board Culture: The Last Frontier,” author Pamela R. Knecht, president and CEO of ACCORD LTD, looks at the challenges boards face in developing an effective culture. She discusses the importance of conducting an assessment and focusing on a few key markers of governance culture that will help the board understand its current culture and identify possible issues for discussion.

Two new tools have been added to the Great Boards website. The first is a Digital Health Transformation Framework tool for understanding the movement toward digitally-enabled health care, courtesy of Maestro Strategies, LLC. The second is a sample board chair evaluation.