Board Culture

Barbara Sowada, president of the Board of Trustees at Memorial Hospital, discusses the role board members can play in helping rural hospitals and health systems navigate today’s pressing problems, and how the AHA’s resources and educational materials can provide valuable assistance.
 AHA’s recently released 2022 National Health Care Governance Survey Report shows that today’s hospital and health system boards are working hard to keep pace with transformation in health care.
Before COVID-19 seized center stage in our national conversation about the future direction of health care, the word most often heard driving that discussion was transformation.
In this conversation, AHA’s Sue Ellen Wagner, vice president of Trustee Services, is joined by Carol Lovin, the executive vice president, chief integration officer, and system chief of staff at Atrium Health.
Judy Rich, R.N., former AHA Board member and Tucson Medical Center CEO, leads a discussion on how to build formal board development plans that help trustees better understand and more effectively guide health care leaders on current strategic issues.
AHA board member Delvecchio Finley leads Alameda (Calif.) Health System in bringing more services to the community it serves, meeting patients where they are and improving health outcomes with innovative approaches to address upstream interventions.
Quality must be the top priority of any hospital or health system—there simply is no alternative. And it takes all of us working together.
The Class of 2020 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.