Hospital Board Certification Program

Hospital Board Certification

The Iowa Hospital Association has designed the Hospital Board Certification Program to help hospitals use governance best practices, promote the coordination of care and make the best use of resources. This demonstrates to lawmakers, regulators, physicians, employees, the business community and other community stakeholders that Iowa hospitals:

  • Are committed to coordination of resources in their communities.
  • Are willing to formally certify their adherence to governance best practices.
  • Embrace community accountability and transparency.
  • Govern according to a standard of excellence.
  • Integrate local health efforts with state programs.
  • Structure their community benefit and outreach programs to meet community needs.
  • Understand and embrace the need for governance accountability.
  • Use data from the Iowa Hospital Association to identify and address areas of need, especially for the uninsured and underinsured.
  • Use performance data to identify opportunities for improvement and monitor progress that improves quality and safety.

Iowa Hospital Association Trustee Certification Program 101 video.

Certified trustees are recognized each year at the Iowa Hospital Association Governance Forum.


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Certified hospital or system boards

Hospitals and health systems can register their entire boards to complete the Hospital Board Certification Program. Three levels of board certification are recognized:

  • One star – 40-69% of board members are certified.
  • Two stars – 70-99% of board members are certified.
  • Three stars – All board members are certified.



2024 Events with Continuing Board Education Hours

  • Governance Forum – March 5, 2024 – 5.75 hours
  • Rural Hospital Leadership Forum – June 13, 2024 – 5.0 hours,
    Pre-conference Workshop – 3.0 hours
  • Annual Meeting – October 8-9, 2024 – TBD

Learn more, and sign up today!

Click the links below to learn more about the Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Board Certification Program and to see previous certified trustee awards:

Certification education log submission page

Current certified trustees:

Congratulations to these hospitals for achieving star awards for their 2024 trustee participation in the Iowa Hospital Association's Hospital Board Certification Program:

One-star board participation

(40-69% participation)

  • Adair County Health Systems, Greenfield
  • Clarke County Hospital, Osceola
  • Floyd County Medical Center, Charles City
  • Henry County Health Center, Mount Pleasant
  • MercyOne Newton Medical Center, Newton
  • UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell

Two-star board participation

(70-99% participation)

  • Great River Health, West Burlington
  • Madison County Health Care System, Winterset
  • Monroe County Hospital & Clinics, Albia
  • Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, Fort Madison and West Burlington
  • Story County Medical Center, Nevada
  • UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital, Waterloo
  • Van Diest Medical Center, Webster City

Three-star board participation

(100% participation)

  • Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda
  • Dallas County Hospital, Perry
  • Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson
  • Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield
  • Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona
  • Lucas County Health Center, Chariton
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames
  • Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak

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