Community Stewardship: Applying the Five Principles of Contemporary Governance (J-B AHA Press)

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As the 21st century approaches, health care is experiencing a fundamental shift away from sick care toward wellness and prevention. Community Stewardship takes this fundamental trend and transforms it into practice. Scott W. Goodspeed has written a timely and authoritative resource for board members, CEOs, physician executives, senior planners, and leaders of community-based organizations. This important work advocates a different way of governing in health care. Goodspeed demonstrates organizational opportunities to improve governance and to facilitate community initiatives that contribute significantly to improving the overall health status of communities.

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SCOTT W. GOODSPEED, FACHE, is president and CEO of Goodspeed, a national management consulting firm in Bedord, New hampshire, aspiring to creat healthy futures for individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. Before founding Goodspeed, he was the president and CEO of a 300-bed community hospital, vice president and COO of a $300 million health care system, and president and CEO of an academic medical center. Goodspeed has served on over 20 nonprofit boards, and in 1994 he won the Modern Healthcare/Governance Institute Governance Fellowship Award.

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"This book offers a path to health care reform that goes beyond our obsession with cost control. The book does an excellent job of redefining the role of health care in building community and breaking the boundaries of our thinking and our actions." —Peter Block

"Community Stewardship is a must for the health care trustee and CEO of the future. It links the concepts of a 'learning organization' and 'healthy communities' into a guide for positive governance reform." —Gail L. Warden

"This should be required reading for all new board members to help them understand their most basic responsibility: the community's health. The author appropriately suggests that we swing open the boardroom doors and discover what is really going on out there in the larger community—break down those hospital walls!" —Charles M. Ewell

"Attention: Frustrated Hospital Trustees! Want to do good? Feel good? Read this book for a lucid, authoritative, helpful discussion." —Regina E. Herzlinger

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