Gatekeepers to Care
One of the most important responsibilities of the Board involves the quality of care available in the community. Members of the Board are responsible for working with Augusta Health to ensure it attracts and retains the most qualified and skilled physicians. Board members also keep a close eye on the hospital's standard of care.
"The Board enhances patient safety," says Mary Mannix, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Augusta Health Care, Inc. "They monitor clinical quality, physician credentials, and allied health professionals' competencies to perform their duties and practice in the hospital."
"Any opportunity you have to personally thank a member of the Board of Directors of Augusta Health Care, Inc., is an opportunity to let a leader in the community know how much his or her work is appreciated. The Board is essential and invaluable to the performance of Augusta Health and its ability to provide high-quality, safe patient care."
Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Augusta Health Care, Inc.
While the Board is involved with all aspects of hospital growth and development, even those instrumental in the Board's success say it's difficult to measure the exact impact the Board has on Augusta Health.
"I think it's difficult to quantify the importance of the Board to the overall success of the hospital, but it is a significant part," says Ann D. McPherson, secretary of the Board. "We not only deal with all the governance issues, but we also act as the goodwill ambassadors for the hospital. Everyone at Augusta Health has been wonderful to work with, and it's been a pleasure for me to serve on the Board for more than a decade."
"The board has a myriad of responsibilities. We act as liaisons to the members of the community and work together on a variety of service projects," says Stuart Crow, previous chair of the Board. "Among our projects is a foundation we have endowed to further not-for-profit human services organizations that emphasize community health and safety."
"The Board of Directors of Augusta Health Care, Inc., represents the community to oversee, direct, and assure the fulfillment of the hospital's mission. Board members are responsible for helping to ensure that community residents have access to high-quality, compassionate care."
Stuart Crow, previous Chair of the Board
Being a board member may not be a job for everyone—but it might be a calling for anyone with a heart for community service.
Giving your time to improve the quality of life for your fellow community residents, committing hours to getting new projects off the ground, and overseeing existing services are all parts of being a member of the Board of Directors for Augusta Health Care, Inc.
"Our Board members all have a sincere interest in community service and a desire to see our hospital integrated into the community," says Mary Mannix, FACHE, president and CEO of Augusta Health Care. "We seek individuals who possess the same values and vision as the hospital and encourage them to use their gifts to help shape our future."
Board members are chosen from candidates who are interested in working together to improve the health of our community. The Board Development and Nominating Committee keeps a diverse group of members involved by electing community members with backgrounds in business, government, legal, religious, educational, and medical fields.