Hospital Governing Boards

Hospital board assessment

Click HERE to learn more about the Iowa Hospital Association's online board assessment and view a sample assessment.

Trustee minutes

Governance resources

These resources can help hospital trustees in almost every aspect of governance:


Hospital Board and Trustee Certification Program

Certified TrusteeIn a rapidly changing health care environment, the Iowa Hospital Association is committed to supporting good hospital governance and quality of care. Our Hospital Board Certification Program provides trustee-centered training and resources based on best practices to demonstrate to stakeholders that Iowa hospitals.

Click HERE for more information about the Hospital Board Certification Program.

New: Critical Questions Every Hospital Board Needs to be Able to Answer

“Critical Questions Every Hospital Needs to be Able to Answer” is a comprehensive document that may be shared electronically or printed as a booklet for new trustees. Iowa Hospital Association member hospitals have used this as a primer for new board members and a refresher for existing board members by using the questions for discussion and building understanding and awareness at board meetings.

Updated in 2021, the 135-page document provides new trustees with answers to the most-important questions they must know, including:

  • How can the board be visionary in an era of uncertainty and transformation?
  • How does the board build lasting community partnerships?
  • How does the board create a culture of safety?
  • How does the board ensure a healthy, equitable community?
  • How does the board ensure continuous growth in its critical leadership knowledge?
  • How does the board ensure strong and effective executive leadership?
  • How does the board ensure strong collaboration with the medical staff?
  • How does the board ensure successful leadership?
  • How does the board hold itself accountable for continuous leadership improvement?
  • How does the board keep conflict out of the boardroom?
  • How does the board move forward after COVID-19?
  • How should the board gauge the hospitals’ financial performance?
  • What are the most prominent health needs in the community?
  • What does it mean to be an effective hospital advocate?
  • What is are differences among the hospital’s mission, vision and values?
  • What is population health, and why is it important?
  • What is the board’s accountability for ensuring the right organizational structure?
  • What is the board’s fiduciary responsibility?
  • What is the board’s responsibility for ensuring a positive workplace culture?
  • What is the board’s responsibility for planning?
  • What is the board’s role in medical staff credentialing?
  • What is the board’s role in quality and patient safety?
  • What’s is the board’s role in disaster planning?
  • Why should the hospital develop a community benefits report?

Click HERE to download a PDF of the document.

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