Guide to Good Governance for Hospital Boards

©2009 Center for Healthcare Governance

The AHA’s Center for Healthcare Governance is a community of board members, executives and thought leaders dedicated to advancing excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance.The Center’s mission is to offer new and seasoned board members, executive staff and clinical leaders a host of resources designed to progressively build knowledge, skills and competencies tailored to specific leadership roles, environments and needs.To help fulfill its mission the Center is pleased to provide The Guide to Good Governance, a resource for U.S. hospital boards and leaders adapted from the original Canadian version developed by the Ontario Hospital Association.

The Guide contains a comprehensive overview of the key components of good governance practices, as well as templates and tools to support these practices. The resource materials found in the Guide are intended for use by all hospitals, non-profit, government or for-profit, however, they may need to be adapted to meet the needs of specific institutions. Hospitals are therefore encouraged to customize the tools and templates to meet their unique needs. It is not expected that hospitals will adopt the Guide in its entirety. Further, hospitals may wish to consult the Guide for different purposes. For example, new board members may utilize the Guide to familiarize themselves with governance practices and processes, while more experienced board members and officers may look to the Guide to supplement their practices in a particular area.

The Guide is not intended, nor should it be construed as legal advice. Hospitals concerned about the applicability of specific governance practices to their organization are advised to seek legal or professional advice based on their particular circumstances. As hospitals continue to improve their governance processes and practices, additional resources will be needed.The Center looks forward to developing further tools, resources and educational programs that will supplement and expand upon the contents of the Guide.

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