The Excellent Board is a proven resource for hospital trustees and directors who have accepted the responsibility of guiding their institutions to financial success and who regularly make strategic decisions that affect the health, and in some cases the welfare, of their communities. This publication is a collection of Trustee magazine's best and most recently published articles. It covers topics vitally important to a board's success -board composition, the governance process and trustee education, board/CEO relations, board work, finance, quality, patient safety, and strategic planning. The combination of articles give new and experienced trustees, as well as board and committee chairs, a firm grounding in what it takes to be an excellent board member and provides direction on how their health care organization can reach the next level of excellence. The Excellent Board provides a thorough understanding of current issues and contains practical guidance and direction on the tools needed for the job. The Excellent Board is an essential reference that will help health care governing boards achieve their goals as they face an environment where reduced reimbursement, complex technology, staffing conflicts and shortages and an increasing number of uninsured patients have put hospitals' bottom lines at jeopardy.