A thank you for a thankless job

Hospital Board Members do not receive any compensation for their time and energy but GVMH’s Board Chair was recently recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association for his leadership and vision. 

Before I share the press release detailing the award I want to say a few things about the role board members play in the successful operation of a hospital.  Hospital board members provide oversight of the facility and help to ensure that a hospital is meeting its mission.  In our case, our board is elected and there are 6 board members that each serve 6 year terms.  The terms are set up in a way so that one board seat is open for election each year.  Each seat serves a distinct geographic area which provides equal representation of our primary service area. 

The board is responsible for fiduciary oversight of our operations, they are responsible for our compliance activities and they are the ultimate authority.   The board is not involved in day-to-day operations but they are responsible for holding administration to task and verifying that we are doing all of the things necessary to meet the needs of our patients, staff and physicians. 

An engaged board member is worth his or her weight in gold and GVMH is extremely fortunate to have an engaged board committed to quality and safety.  Recently, Tim Glasscock, Chair GVMH Board of Directors, was recognized for his commitment and leadership.  Below is an excerpt from a press release describing the award:

GLASSCOCK RECEIVES MISSOURI HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE AWARD

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Hospital Association presented a 2012 Excellence in Governance award to Tim Glasscock, board chair of Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Mo., in recognition of his contributions to the health care community. Glasscock was one of six board members statewide honored during a June 14 presentation at MHA’s annual Leadership Forum in Branson, Mo.

“Tim’s dedicated, conscientious leadership has been instrumental to the hospital’s ability to effectively meet the health and wellness needs of the community,” said Randy S. Wertz, CEO of Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare. “His sound judgment and guidance have been a tremendous benefit to governance and planning activities.”

Glasscock joined the board in 1999 and has served as board chair since 2007. In addition to serving on several board committees, he served as board treasurer from 2001 to 2007.

His community service extends past the hospital grounds. Glasscock has served on the board of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorn Bank of Clinton and the local chapters of the Optimists and Elks.

Since 1985, MHA’s Excellence in Governance award has been given annually to hospital board members for their dedication to exceptional health care. Award recipients are chosen by MHA’s district council presidents.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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