Elected Boards No Way to Run a Hospital
When asked for a comment, current board chairman RoseMarie Reno, a nurse who served on the board more than 25 years, replied, "There's an old saying, 'one bad apple spoils the bunch.' The board is taking the blame for the actions of one board member."
Who knows whether anything will quell these soap opera-like sagas. But I thought Kazemek summarized it best:
"It's embarrassing. It's certainly not helpful, and is hurtful to the reputation of the hospital, which impacts donor giving and philanthropic support, which in turn affects morale and the medical staff, and causes physicians to start thinking maybe I should take patients to another hospital."
There are a lot of disruptive board members on dysfunctional boards in elected hospital districts in the U.S., he says.
"But this one seems to be in the upper decile. It's a shame."
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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