Inside Two Worlds

By Cathy K. Eddy

Serving on the boards of a hospital system and its health plan offers a unique governance perspective

My journey as a student of governance began 10 years ago when I attended a course on board best practices. As president of the Health Plan Alliance in Irving, Texas, I thought this would be a good way to enhance my communication with my own board, which is made up of C-level health plan executives.

In 2005, I joined the Presbyterian Health Plan board, which is part of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, an integrated, nonprofit system of hospitals, a health plan and a medical group in Albuquerque, N.M. Becoming a trustee gave me the opportunity to see board dynamics from the other side and taught me the importance of thoughtful, intentional board composition and meeting design.

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