John Walker receives Governance Excellence certificate

Posted June 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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The Missouri Hospital Association has awarded a Governance Excellence certificate to Cedar County Memorial Hospital Board member John Walker to acknowledge his completion of its new voluntary educational program for hospital board members. Walker was honored Thursday, June 13, at the MHA Leadership Forum in Lake Ozark.

“We appreciate Mr. Walker’s willingness to contribute his own time to this program,” said Cedar County Memorial Hospital C.E.O., Jana Witt. “It demonstrates his dedication to his Board position.”

The Governance Excellence Certificate Program was launched in 2011 to enhance hospital trustees’ skills and provide them with increased knowledge of issues in hospital governance to help them make effective decisions for their organization.

“Hospitals are complex organization,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “To add value to decisions about hospital operations and support a hospital’s work in the community, a trustee must have a thorough understanding of a range of responsibilities in governance practices and the integration of the hospital’s mission and values. The Governance Excellence Certificate Program is designed to expand trustees’ knowledge base and provide enhanced decision-making skills.”

To complete the certificate program, trustees were required to attend a day-long session at MHA’s annual convention in November 2012 and complete six of eight independent study modules. The 27 certificate recipients recognized June 13 serve as trustees at 19 Missouri hospitals.

Cedar County Memorial Hospital, located in El Dorado Springs, opened in 1960. Cedar County Memorial Hospital is a county owned, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital.

The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 152 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public, as well as legislative representatives, about health care issues.