Overseeing Without Overstepping: The Board’s Role in Hospital Operations

To what degree should boards be involved in the finances and operations of their hospitals? This is an important question, because effective hospital boards are clear on their roles and responsibilities. That role is hospital governance while management is the responsibility of the hospital leadership team. That means board members must focus on strategy and leave operations to hospital leadership. Yet, it’s not only appropriate but also imperative that board members understand the finances and operations of their hospital.

That means board members must discern the financial situation; education about...


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Case Studies

Enthusiastically On Board: Essential Elements of a High-performing Board at Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum, TX

The Situation

Yoakum Community Hospital serves as a model of positive CEO-board relations, but establishing this level of board engagement did not happen overnight. CEO Karen Barber has led the 25-bed critical access hospital in rural Texas to a status worthy of national recognition, with strategic direction from an engaged, effective board of trustees. Barber says she feels “fortunate” to be backed by a high-performing board, but it was her own efforts along with the trustees’ that put all the elements in place for the exemplary board Yoakum has today.



Press Releases

Freestone Medical Center Announces Retirement of Board Member J.R. Corne

Fairfield, Texas (January 23, 2018) Fairfield Hospital District (FHD) Board member J.R. Corne has announced his retirement after 25 years of dedicated service. During his tenure with FHD, Corne has been involved in many hospital improvements, including last year’s careful transition of hospital operations to the District, and to subsequent management by Community Hospital Consulting (CHC Consulting), the management and consulting arm of Community Hospital Corporation of Plano, Texas.

The Board plans to honor Corne at a private ceremony at Freestone Medical Center on Thursday, January 25. At the ceremony,...


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Hospital board votes to approve management agreement

New management is about to take over North Texas Medical Center after members of the Gainesville Hospital District Board of Directors voted Monday to allow its board chairman to sign a negotiated agreement with Plano-based Community Hospital Corporation.

The vote to execute the agreement with CHC was unanimous.

Read the full article in the Gainesville Daily Register, March 27,...



Board Communication, Teamwork, Spell Success at Yoakum Community Hospital

Leveraging Resources for Change

When I joined the Yoakum Community Hospital team in 2006, one of the biggest hurdles I faced was improving board-management relationships. I realized that addressing this challenge would be essential to paving the way for a better, more secure financial and operational future for the hospital and community. Elorine Sitka, Yoakum Board Trustee and Chair, shared this vision, and together, we turned ideas into reality.

As a 25-bed critical access hospital in rural Yoakum, Texas, it became apparent that trustees had not been receiving all the...


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Building successful hospital-board relationships

In a recent blog post, Community Hospital Corporation’s, SVP, Southwest Hospital Operations, Craig Sims discusses how to build successful hospital-board relations.

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Building Successful Hospital-Board Relationships

Community-based hospitals put the “care” in healthcare, and meaningful hospital-Board partnerships based on trust and mutual goals drive this mission. Board members make important decisions to serve the community , and help develop strategies to ensure the hospital’s long-term sustainability.

Here are some best practice tips for positive, productive Board-CEO relationships.

Develop a Trustee recruitment and retention process. Recruiting and retaining Trustees is too important to be left up to chance. In fact, “retention” begins in the recruitment phase and never ends. Initial orientation for new Board members should...