AHA's Urban League Affiliate CEO Trustee Candidate Orientation

November 8, 2017

The Urban League Affiliate CEO Trustee Candidate Orientation was held on November 2 – 3, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. The orientation, entitled “The Role of the Trustee in the Face of Rapidly Changing Trends in Healthcare” provided the NUL Affiliate CEOs with a general overview of health care governance and some of the trends and issues facing hospitals and their boards.  AHA Board Chair, Gene Woods provided a high level overview of his experiences as AHA Board Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer Carolinas Healthcare System and past Chair of the Equity of Care Committee. Also from AHA’s Board was Vanessa Ervin who serves on the Board of Trustees Onslow Memorial Hospital located in Jacksonville, NC. She shared practices for ensuring that the organization’s strategic plan establishes a true vision for the future of the organization.

The orientation was facilitated by John Jones, Community Liaison, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, ProMedica Health System, Toledo, OH.  In addition, former AHA Board Chair Teri Fontenot, President & CEO of Women’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA; Michael Hulefeld, Exec. VP & Chief Operating Officer, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans; and John Daniels, Esq, Chairman Emeritus, Quarles & Brady, LLP and Board Chairman, Aurora Health Care, WI presented at the session.  Jay Bhatt, DO, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer & President, Health Research and Educational Trust and Debra Stock, Vice President of Trustee Services presented on behalf of the AHA.

Marc H. Morial, National Urban League President and CEO, provided opening comments and shared that Rick Pollack and his leadership team for their commitment and efforts to advance diversity in America’s hospitals impressed him.

On day two, Jay Bhatt opened with a presentation on the role that governing teams play to ensure quality and patient safety. Bhatt shared information and factors that boards should be aware of to measure progress. The discussion prompted questions that evolved into a broader conversation on precision medicine. Precision medicine is a medical model that proposes to customize healthcare with medical decisions, practices, and products tailored to the individual patient.

The orientation was held in conjunction with the NUL’s Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Urban Leadership Development Conference, in New Orleans from October 30 – November 3 with 15 Urban League CEOs in attendance.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the participants committed to begin efforts to recruit leaders in their hometowns for board recommendations. They added that the convening was very valuable and equipped them to better understand the qualifications that CEOs seek in candidates.

For more information on the AHA-NUL Affliate CEO Trustee program, please contact the Institute at (312) 422-2630.


Cynthia Washington Interim President and CEO Institute for Diversity in Health Management

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