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From The CriticsReviewer: Richard L. O'Brien, MD (Creighton University)
Description: Two experienced researchers working with and consulting for healthcare governing boards have described and analyzed effective boards of healthcare organizations in this book. They explore responsibility structure, composition, functioning, and means of improving boards and their operation.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide board members, board chairs, and CEOs with practical ideas for transforming boards and enhancing board performance.
Audience: Board members, chairs, and CEOs are the audience. This is also a good work for other senior healthcare managers and for students of healthcare administration.
Features: The responsibilities and operations of boards, and how to achieve effective board structure, composition, and functioning are discussed. Different kinds of healthcare boards and their relationships to related entities, either superior or subsidiary are described. Board education and development are also discussed, and selection, monitoring, rewards, and removal of CEOs are included. Specific instructions are provided for being a good board member. Twelve governance check-ups/inventories are provided. There are good diagrams illustrating major messages.
Assessment: This is a very useful, clear exposition presented in logical sequence, flowing smoothly from definition of the purpose of boards to effective modes of functioning to useful means for transforming boards to make them more effective. Practical and easy-to-implement guidance is provided for board members and chairs. This book is superior to and more accessible to board members than any other book I have read on the subject. Good references and recommendations for further reading are included, as are other resources for board education and development. I wish this book would be read by every board member and manager of the healthcare organizations with which I am involved and on the boards of which I sit. This is an excellent framework for annual review of board responsibilities and operations.