As the health care landscape continues to change and evolve, business and community leaders serving on health care boards must know what is expected to continue the mission in providing exceptional care to patients.

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations believe strong, informed boards are vital in our rapidly changing health care landscape. With this in mind, we are providing our members with the latest resources, tools and education to foster high-performing health care boards.

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Stepping into Governance

This video series produced by SDAHO in collaboration with Sumption and Wyland features Margaret Sumption, LCP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP of Sumption and Wyland. Margaret has over 30 years’ experience as a leader in organization governance. She is a native South Dakotan with a master’s in education, Mental Health Licensure, and credentialing as a human resources executive. Margaret is a familiar face to SDAHO members, hosting several webinars focusing on governance and regulation over the past several years.

Introducing Governance Design defines the various governance models healthcare organization’s work within. Fiduciary duties demanded of board members as they provide their leadership to their organization are important and focused on throughout video one of this four-part series. Members will also be given tools to help them better engage with their community through philanthropy, which can fulfill the healthcare mission, keeping a health system vibrant and connected. 

Session 1 Video Click here

Partnerships and Alliances provides an overview of the many relationships that contribute to effectively running a healthcare organization. Outlined are the relationships, partnerships, understanding, and communication demanded of board members as they provide their leadership to their organizations. Board members have a fiduciary duty to understand types of affiliations and partnerships now common in healthcare across regions. Board members are the voice of their community and each member’s voice has power. A board member’s role has great responsibility that must be carefully protected and viewers of video #2 will get an overview of all the above.

Session 2 Video Click Here

The Business of Healthcare provides an overview on setting strategic direction and acting as the leading voice of the community. Viewers will better understand that when done well, boards of directors can feel confident that their community neighbors, family, and friends are being served with the highest quality and accessibility to meet their emergency and routine medical needs. Video #3 helps viewers understand “boundaries and business” of a board member and remembering both can make a real difference for the community.

Session 3 Video Click Here

Moving Mission Forward provides an overview of the strategic work of the board in collaboration with its executive leadership. The video outlines three areas; board composition, renewal, and role as ambassador in the community.  Self-management by the board allows for it to act responsibly in the community and assure healthcare will continue to be delivered with the community in mind.  When done well, boards of directors can feel confident that their community neighbors, family, and friends are being served with a system uniquely designed to meet their needs.  Viewers will leave understanding how good governance acts as a core element of stability in healthcare access and sustainability for the long term.

Session 4 Video Click Here


GovernWell™ is a a robust library of resources developed to help health care CEOs and their boards of trustees raise their performance to meet a broad spectrum of concerns as they strive to fulfill their organizations’ mission and achieve its vision.

Each of the GovernWell™ modules will advance the board’s knowledge, skills, structure, practices and capacity for success in the ever-changing health care environment.

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