THA Board Certification Program

The Trustee Council has designed a hospital governance certification process that is unique to Tennessee, and enables hospitals to utilize best practices and demonstrate to lawmakers, regulators, physicians, employees, the business community and other community stakeholders that Tennessee hospitals:

  • Understand and embrace the need for governance accountability
  • Govern according to a standard of excellence
  • Are willing to formally certify their adherence to governance best practices

Program Information

Best Practices and Other Resources

More information is available from many regional and national sources. These resources can be a great reference as board members navigate the governing process.

Trustee Education

THA offers a variety of education opportunities for trustees, which satisfy the requirements of the THA board certification program.

With the recent weather-related disasters in Tennessee and other parts of the southeast, it’s important to be aware of your hospital’s disaster preparedness plan. This Board Brief provides information on how trustees can be involved in preparing a hospital for any number of crises.

Education for Trustees – Quality and Safety

Free access is being made available for a special quality and safety curriculum through the Institute for Health Improvement. Given the importance of the issues of quality and safety, this offer is being extended to trustees participating in THA’s Board Certification Program.

While the full curriculum examines issues related to quality and safety from a variety of perspectives, we feel specific courses may be of interest to trustees.  These education modules can be completed as a group as part of a board meeting, or can be an individual exercise as schedules permit.  All courses have three to five lessons lasting less than 30 minutes each.  Each lesson is eligible for continuing education credit.

The entire course listing and other details may be viewed at www.ihi.org/lms/onlinelearning.aspx.  The registration document is available here.

Sure Progress: The Battle for Patient Safety in Tennessee
Introductory video to initiatives of the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, featuring Peter Pronovost, MD, of the John Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care and a leading national expert on patient safety issues.

Video (running time: 13:01) 

 

Patient Safety Ten Years after the IOM Report on Medical Errors: Unmistakable Progress and Troubling Gaps
Presented by Robert M. Wachter, MD, professor and associate chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also is chief of the division of hospital medicine and chief of the medical service at UCSF Medical Center. He has published 200 articles and six books in the fields of quality, safety and health policy.

Part 1 (running time: 21:56) 
Part 2 (running time: 21:42)  
Additional Information (PDF)

 

Culture Eats Strategy: Why Transforming Culture is the Key to Improving Patient Safety
Presented by Robert M. Wachter, MD, professor and associate chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also is chief of the division of hospital medicine and chief of the medical service at UCSF Medical Center. He has published 200 articles and six books in the fields of quality, safety and health policy.

Part 1 (running time: 28:36) 
Part 2 (running time: 20:14) 
PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

 

When Perception Isn't Reality: Improving Patient Safety
Presented by Christine A. Goeschel, MPA, MPS, ScD, RN, director of patient safety and quality initiatives and manager of operations for the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and a clinical instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of acute care experience as a critical care registered nurse, chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and chief compliance officer.

Part 1 (running time: 20:21) 
Part 2 (running time: 19:58) 
PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

 

Our Journey to Becoming a High Reliable Organization and Preventing Harm - Baptist Hospital, Inc., Nashville, TN. Presented by Debbie Roberts, RN, Director of Quality and Risk Management at Baptist Hospital, Inc., Nashville, TN. Click here to read Mrs. Roberts biography.

Part 1 (running time: 27:52)
Part 2 (running time: 20:07)
Part 3 (running time: 20:29)

Reference Materials: Click here to view the presentation slides (pdf).

Health Care in Transition: Topics for Trustees

The AHA Center for Healthcare Governance is offering a new educational series for trustees, which includes 20 to 30 minute presentations about readmissions, value-based purchasing and bundled payments. Each of these presentations is available for viewing or download on the Center’s website.

National Resources

Continuing Education