Journey to Board Proficiency

The State Office of Rural Health and Texas Healthcare Trustees present the 2021 Board Education Program, encompassing a diversity of offerings and educational activities for rural hospital board members and executive leaders alike – all free of charge. Join us this fall on your Journey to Board Proficiency!

Join rural trustees for a live, interactive workshop specifically tailored to your geographic region! While this program is aimed at supporting rural hospital trustees and leadership, we welcome trustees from all across the state to join us.

In this session, we will cover:

New Trustee Orientation Bootcamp

The New Trustee Orientation Bootcamp provides baseline education and onboarding for new hospital board members as they begin their board service journey. This program provides a live, two-hour online module that broadly covers a trustee’s role and responsibilities, fiduciary duties, governing board structure, board meeting best practices, and health care industry trends.

Date: Thursday, October 21, 10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. CT
Speakers: Kevin Reed, J.D., Reed Claymon PLLC and Fletcher Brown, J.D., Waller Law

Rural Governance Forum

The Rural Governance Forum is a four-part series of facilitated conversations between THT governance and subject-matter experts with hospital trustees and executive leaders. Focused on specific issue areas facing rural hospitals, this forum will offer a unique discourse opportunity for hospital leaders to share experiences and gain insights from their peers across the state. Note: You may choose as many programs to participate in as you wish. Please click on each event below to view the registration links, and register yourself individually for each live event.

  • Thursday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Speaker: Quang Ngo, Vice President, TORCH and President, TORCH Foundation; LeeAnne Denney, CEO, LuckyDog Analytics
  • Tuesday, October 12, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Speaker: Craig Deao, Managing Director, Huron Group
  • Thursday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Speakers: Lilia Escajeda, Chair Emeritus, Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Amarillo; Cesar Lopez, J.D., associate general counsel, Texas Hospital Association
  • Tuesday, November 30, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Speaker: Sarah Fontenot, J.D., former board member of Peterson Health, Kerrville

Online Board Self-Assessment

We invite you to utilize THT’s Online Board Self-Assessment tool, which offers comprehensive data and analysis around your board’s performance. It is a best practice to participate in a Board Self-Assessment annually. THT’s software tool allows your board members to participate in the BSA anonymously to evaluate the efficacy of your hospital leadership team and identify opportunity areas for improvement. 

Please complete the BSA by December 1, 2021 to allow for report processing and analysis.

Sign up today!

Questions about your Journey to Board Proficiency? Please contact:

Susannah Ramshaw
Advisor, Texas Healthcare Trustees

Kathy Johnston
Rural Health Specialist, State Office of Rural Health

Frequently Asked Questions

If your hospital is designated as “rural” by Texas Healthcare Trustees, the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, and/or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, you are eligible to participate in the program free of charge. If you are uncertain of your hospital’s rural standing, please contact Susannah Ramshaw, or Kathy Johnston,

You may choose all or parts of the program in which to participate. Please use the registration links above to register yourself for each individual program.

The programs will be recorded for archival purposes only and will be delivered only to registrants. We encourage live participation in each of the events.

Thanks to a generous gift from the State Office of Rural Health, this program is completely free of charge to rural hospitals and health care systems across Texas.

Generously supported by:

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