October 2021 Grand Rounds – How Local Boards Can Survive an Identity Crisis

October 5, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

If you have a local Board and it’s floundering with its identity and mission – you’re not alone. The past decade has seen huge changes within hospitals and health care systems – often involving organizational and leadership restructuring. Hospital Boards have not been immune from transformational change, particularly in hospitals that have been acquired or merged with larger systems. For the first time, Boards that had well-established identities, procedures, and cultures have had to figure out how to function in conjunction with a system board. And, truth be told, while some have seized the day, more have struggled to find their way.

Join us for October’s installment of Grand Rounds where we will revisit the role of the local hospital Board and discuss strategies to orient, develop, and evaluate Boards (and their members).  Topics to be discussed include the following and more:

  • What does the local Board do once the hospital has joined a system?
  • If “he who holds the gold makes the rules,” what place is there for a local Board in the governance structure?
  • Can the local Board embrace its focused authority for the Medical Staff, quality, and service strategy – to achieve even more than before?
  • From a practical perspective, what does it mean for the Board to exercise oversight of the Medical Staff and quality program?
  • How can a local Board be involved in strategic and Medical Staff development planning?
  • Can a governance trifecta help your Board to embrace its new identity?
  1. Things the Board controls
  2. Things the Board has a “say” in
  3. Things the Board is informed about
  • Can/should local Boards conduct meaningful evaluations to gauge Board member commitment and performance and help keep the Board on track? What does the evaluation process look like?  Will it drive committed community members away?

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Articulate the common governance roles of system Boards versus local hospital Boards;
  • Implement strategies for local Board oversight of Medical Staff functions that not only allow the Board to fulfill its duty of care, but also impact patient safety and quality of care in a meaningful way;
  • Focus and engage more actively in matters within the local hospital Board’s authority and, for matters outside its authority, establish channels for the exchange of information as applicable and appropriate;
  • Plan and implement a Board evaluation strategy that provides a chance for Board member input, as well as Board member feedback and which identifies tangible opportunities for improvement.

Reading Resources

Education Credit

Instructions on how to obtain your Continuing Education certificate for audio conferences will be e-mailed to the contact person for your organization at the conclusion of this audio conference.

Category 1 CME

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEUs Credit

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs), which is equal to 1 contact hour.

NAMSS Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit and NAMSS hereby awards 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credits for participation in this activity.  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.

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About Grand Rounds

The Grand Rounds 2021 Audio Conference Series consists of twelve audio conferences spread over the course of the year, with the goal of providing focused, manageable bites of education for Medical Staff leaders and those who support them.

  • Registration includes an MP3 containing the audio conference at no additional charge following each conference.
  • CME credit issued for live conference participation.
  • Register for the full series of 12 monthly audio conferences. More information on how to register will be provided shortly.

* Registration fee includes up to three phone lines; you may add two additional lines to your order for $50 each line (per audio conference).

Designed for even the busiest hospital and medical staff leaders, registration for the year-long series is a quick and inexpensive way for Medical Staff Officers, members of the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairs, Chairs of the Credentials and Peer Review Committees, and the Chairs of other key Medical Staff committees to have access to the most up-to-date health care information at their fingertips while obtaining valuable CME credits as well.


PLEASE NOTE: To help your staff and medical professionals adhere to social distancing guidelines, we will waive the extra line fee for up to 3 additional lines so others in your organization are able to safely listen from their home or office.

Audio Conferences/Grand Rounds Registration: $250 and includes:

      • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit*
      • 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credit*
      • One MP3 recording to share with your staff throughout the year
      • Three phones lines. You may purchase additional lines for $50/line, per audio conference.

Can’t make the live audio conference? No problem! We offer single MP3 recordings for $250/audio conference.

*Not all audio conferences will be approved for continuing medical education credits.

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