VDMC trustees receive certifications

IHA?program focuses on education and governance best practices

— Submitted photo Board Chair Roberta Knutson, Secretary Kirk McCollough, Vice Chair Carroll Ose and Trustee Darcy Swon recently received recertification from the Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Board Certification program. Van Diest Medical Center is designated as a One Star Hospital by the IHA with over 50 percent of board members currently certified through the program. Board members are shown accepting their recognition with VDMC Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge.

DES MOINES – A group of 76 Iowa hospital trustees and 14 Iowa hospital boards from across the state were honored recently at the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Trustee Recognition Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Des Moines. The event was held in conjunction with an annual IHA education conference for hospital trustees and governing boards.

Members of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees who received recertification from the program include Chairman Roberta Knutson, Secretary Kirk McCollough, Vice Chair Carroll Ose and Trustee Darcy Swon.

This IHA Hospital Board Certification program provides a framework for hospital trustees and governing boards to demonstrate their individual and collective commitment to their governance roles and responsibilities. Certification is made up of two components: education and governance best practices. Trustees who have met the certification requirements have completed 12 hours of health care-specific education over a two-year period and confirm individually and as a board that recognized governance best practices are being utilized. Hospitals and health systems are also recognized as One, Two, or Three Star Boards depending on the percentage of board members certified.

VDMC is designated as a One Star Board with more than 50 percent of board members currently certified.

Through this certification program, individual trustees and entire hospital boards show their community and its stakeholders including employers and businesses, lawmakers and hospital employees their commitment to serving in the best interests of the community. More than 230 trustees and 22 hospital boards are currently certified.

“Every hospital needs informed and engaged board members to function as a vital part of the hospital leadership team,” said Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System and IHA Board Chair. “Through this program, IHA is providing a structure to support and promote hospitals in fostering highly-effective governance.”

The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences. All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are IHA members.