Hospital Trustee Education

Trustee Online – OHA Governing Board Video Series

The OHA Governing Board Video Series is a wonderful resource for new board members or experienced board members who would like a refresher on key areas of board oversight.

The necessity to be educated and informed is at an all-time high and budgets and availability to attend health care conferences is low. That's why the Oklahoma Hospital Association is bringing programming to you! The Governing Board Video Series is a convenient and affordable way to increase your board’s knowledge of health care governance. It is divided into nine essential domains of health care governance. These study tools can be used for independent learning or as part of a board education plan. 

The cost to subscribe to the video series is $300 for one year per hospital.

To download the 2019 OHA Governing Board Video Series brochure, click here. To register online, click here.

Special offer: OHA is offering the series free for the first year to any hospital that brings one or more trustees to the OHA Annual Convention, Dec. 5-7. 2018. 

To subscribe to these videos and obtain the password for use with your governing board, contact

Module 1 – Governance 
Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations. They advance the common good with uncommonly good work. Effective and efficient governance is about providing critical capital – intellect, a solid reputation, resources and access – to power success and strengthen the mission of the hospital or system and to improve the community’s health.

Module 2 – Advocacy and Political Activity 
With an appropriate understanding of their roles as well as good preparation, hospital trustees can help raise awareness of issues in the community and meet with elected officials to request support for specific legislation, policies or health care funding.

Module 3 – Physicians and Medical Staff 
Just as the board delegates the management of the hospital to the CEO and his/her administrative team, it also delegates the delivery of quality health care through the medical staff. As health care delivery continues to evolve, collaboration between physicians and hospitals becomes more important. Governing board members can play an important role in creating and preserving trust with physicians and ensuring open communication.

Module 4 – Finance/Reimbursement 
Financial oversight of the hospital or health system often is viewed as the main function of the organization’s governing board. The fiduciary duty is one of the core responsibilities of trustees.

Module 5 - Community Health and Relations
Governing boards and communities have a symbiotic connection. The hospital exists to serve its community, and the support of the community is essential for the hospital’s success. Governing board members are the hospital’s direct link with the community and it is important to foster that relationship.
Module 6 - Nursing and Allied Health Professionals 
Nurses interact with patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They advocate for their patients, interact with family members, communicate with physicians who are directing the patient’s treatment, collaborate with other disciplines providing care and teach, advise and listen to their patients. With such an integral role in health care delivery it is important for trustees to have a keen understanding of the role of nurses and the allied workforce. 

Module 7 - Quality and Patient Safety 
“Quality and patient safety” have become a mantra for today’s hospitals. Certainly hospitals, their physicians and staff members want to provide patients with the best care possible, but delivering on that promise is proving elusive. Hospital governing boards play a critical role in ensuring quality and patient safety and are accountable for the outcomes of patient stays and encounters. Making certain that each and every patient gets the best health care possible is without a doubt the most important responsibility of board members. Hospital trustees must embrace this responsibility and take the lead in transforming health care delivery.

Module 8 - Health Care Delivery
Health care delivery is changing. Cost-based reimbursement and fee-for-service medicine are gone forever. The future demands measurable value for dollars spent. Lower reimbursement rates are forcing hospitals to contain costs and capitalize on economies of scale. This reality is driving consolidation of the marketplace. The fundamental paradigm shift is moving health care delivery away from “sick” care to true “health” care. This is an exciting time to be involved in health care, and today’s governing board members have the opportunity to shape a better future.

Module 9 - The Governing Board and the CEO
A good board/CEO relationship is critical for the overall performance and management of the hospital. Investing in building and maintaining a close, effective working relationship benefits the hospital, its patients and ultimately the community. 

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