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HRET and the Center for Healthcare Governance periodically field brief, focused surveys to benchmark current practices and emerging trends. The first surveys, in 2004-2006, collected data from a designated panel of CEOs and board chairs. More recent surveys have been fielded more broadly.
Credit Crisis and the Board
In December 2008, responding to the need for information about how hospitals are dealing with the current credit crisis, the Health Research & Educational Trust and the Center for Healthcare Governance surveyed 258 hospital and health system CEOs about their board's activities in the areas of risk management and oversight. The survey focused on the types of risk analysis done by the board, the board's activities in evaluating and monitoring financial risk, the board's responses to potential increases in financial risk, and the importance of an organization's overall risk level in its strategic planning.
Capital Allocation and the Board
In September 2008, the Health Research & Educational Trust and the Center for Healthcare Governance, along with our partners at Navigant Consulting, surveyed 294 hospital and health system CEOs about the role of each of their boards in the process of capital allocation.
Survey on Trustee Demographics
In December 2007, the Health Research & Educational Trust and the Center for Healthcare Governance surveyed 249 hospital and health system CEOs about the demographic characteristics of their boards, looking at age, level of tenure, and work status of their board members.
Executive sessions can be a very sensitive topic for trustees and CEOs. With such a delicate topic, it is important to have objective benchmarks to compare current organizational board practices to the practices of boards from other health care institutions and to prescriptions from the field. Three hundred fifty CEOs responded to this survey.
To get a better sense of how hospital boards interact with physicians and exercise their oversight of clinical operations, Trustee magazine, HRET, and the Center for Healthcare Governance surveyed CEOs and board chairs. Two hundred fifty-eight responded to this survey during the fall of 2006.
In September 2004, Trustee magazine and HRET surveyed CEOs, board chairs, and a wider set of board members on the important topic of patient safety.