David Anderson, Chairman of the Story County Medical Center Board of Trustees, is one of 20 Iowa hospital trustees who have become the first “graduates” of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Trustee Education Certification Program. The trustees were recognized on May 4 at the IHA Governance Forum held at the Holiday Inn-Jordan Creek in West Des Moines.
“I have been a hospital trustee for over twenty years, and there is always more to learn,” said Anderson, who was first elected to the Story Medical Board of Trustees in 1990. “Healthcare regulations are very intricate and always changing. We must be doing everything we can to thrive within the industry.”
Through this certification program, IHA has provided a framework to support Iowa hospitals in developing highly-effective board members. Goals of the program include:
Helping hospitals use governance best practices.
Promoting the coordination of care and the best use of resources.
Demonstrating to community stakeholders that Iowa hospitals are dedicated to accountability and transparency and are governed at the highest level of excellence.
“Every hospital needs engaged, informed and vital board members to function as an integral part of the hospital leadership team,” said Joe Smith, CEO of Boone County Hospital and Chair of the IHA Board, who presented the certificates. “To help make that happen, IHA launched its Trustee Education Certification Program in 2010.”
The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences. All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are IHA members.
For 60 years, Story County Medical Center, Story Medical Clinics and Story Medical Senior Care have been the trusted providers of high-quality, local healthcare services for the residents of Story County. Their modern South Campus creates a healing environment that matches the personalized care and clinical expertise of its medical staff. Visit www.StoryMedical.org for more information.