DES MOINES – A group of 76 Iowa hospital trustees and 14 Iowa hospital boards from across the state were honored April 26 at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Trustee Recognition Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Des Moines. The event was held in conjunction with an annual IHA education conference for hospital trustees and governing boards.
This IHA Hospital Board Certification program provides a framework for hospital trustees and governing boards to demonstrate their individual and collective commitment to their governance roles and responsibilities. Certification is made up of two components: education and governance best practices. Trustees who have met the certification requirements have completed 12 hours of health care-specific education over a two-year period and confirm individually and as a board that recognized governance best practices are being utilized. Hospitals and health systems are also recognized as One, Two, or Three Star Boards depending on the percentage of board members certified.
The FMCH Board of Trustees had 100% participation in the certification process gaining them 3-Star status. The FMCH Board of Trustees is made up of the following volunteer community members: Ann Menke, President; Dave Poland, President-Elect; Deanna Barr, Past President; John McKillip, Vicki Stephenson, JoAnn Lampe and Neal Dodd.
“We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of Trustees as part of the FMCH team. Their commitment to the success of our hospital is highly commendable and greatly appreciated,” expressed Jeremy Alexander, FMCH CEO. “They freely lend their time and expertise to improving health care in Southeast Iowa.”
Through this certification program, individual trustees and entire hospital boards show their community and its stakeholders including employers and businesses, lawmakers and hospital employees their commitment to serving in the best interests of the community. More than 230 trustees and 22 hospital boards are currently certified.