The governance of not-for-profit health systems has never been under greater scrutiny. Moreover, as health care organizations continue to transform, the role of governance becomes even more critical. To help hospital boards and CEOs enhance their governance effectiveness and continue to adapt to an onslaught of change, Grant Thornton co-sponsored this groundbreaking new study, led by Lawrence Prybil, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Governance in Large Nonprofit Health Systems: Current Profile and Emerging Patterns. To obtain hard copies of the study, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866.328.1247.
Governance in Large Nonprofit Health Systems:
Grant Thornton’s Health Care practice provides a full range of expert audit, tax and advisory services to health care providers. We also help organizations to meet existing and emerging governance benchmarks, thus enabling them to serve their patients and communities efficiently and effectively.
To help trustees and CEOs assess and enhance the effectiveness of their board governance, Grant Thornton collaborated with the University of Iowa and the American Hospital Association on Governance in High-Performing Community Health Systems: A report of trustee and CEO views. The survey examines the structures, practices and cultures of the governing boards of 123 community health systems, comparing them to existing benchmarks of good governance. Based on these findings, the report identifies areas where governance can be improved and provides specific recommendations for improvement, focusing on issues such as community benefit plans, board evaluations, boardroom culture and board composition. The survey identifies and distills the key factors that have influenced high-performing systems and taken them to the next level of governance.
Grant Thornton's health care practice, in coordination with the University of Iowa and the American Hospital Association, collaborated on this survey of nonprofit community health systems' chief executive officers to examine the structures, practices and cultures of community health systems' governing boards and compare them to selected benchmarks of good governance. This survey precedes Governance in High-Performing Community Health Systems and focuses on three important areas of health care governance: board structure and composition; board practices and processes; and board culture.