Healthcare Boards and CEOs: Revisiting the Mission

healthcare board-CEO functional model_ChastainMost healthcare organizations established their missions with the idea that these statements would be set in stone, writes Andrew Chastain in the Spring 2016 cover story of the American Hospital Association’s Great Boards Newsletter. And while a mission statement is not something to fiddle with often, “boards should face the challenge with an open mind, viewing a mission statement as something that can change if there is a compelling call to do so.”

With recent changes in healthcare, many hospitals and health systems are indeed tweaking their missions to align with current compelling strategies and visions. Chastain explains the context for doing so. Moreover, he presents a new functional model for board-CEO relationships that outlines the critical role that mission should play in current leadership and governance activities.

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