Health care governance
As part of its mandate to promote and foster excellence in health care governance, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) partnered with Deloitte to publish Health care governance in volatile economic times: Don’t waste a crisis. Deloitte interviewed board members of health care organizations from across Ontario, as well as recognized experts in health care governance. One message came through consistently: although health care organizations may be familiar with operating in tough times, the long-lasting impact of today’s deficits is an entirely new fiscal challenge.
Because it is difficult to determine the many possible ripple effects of the economic downturn, this publication has been designed to include questions that board members should ask at any time, regardless of fiscal circumstances. It allows boards to customize the information according to their specific needs and realities. The section entitled “Key questions to ask” seeks to assist board members in fulfilling their fiduciary duties as directors on hospital boards and representatives of their communities.