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Last Day to Participate in THT's Physician Survey
Texas Healthcare Trustees
Want to know what other Texas hospitals are doing about physician recruitment, retention and alignment? These issues are some of the most requested topics for resources and education from Texas Healthcare Trustees' members. THT, with the support of Merritt Hawkins, is conducting a statewide survey to find out what hospitals throughout Texas are doing, the challenges they are facing and the opportunities they have found. Today is the last day to complete the survey, and participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $150 Visa gift cards. If you haven't done so yet, please take five minutes to fill out the survey now
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Education Spotlight: Financial Reporting for Health Care Trustees
Texas Healthcare Trustees
What exactly are your responsibilities as a health care board member when it comes to your hospital's financial reports? What if you don't have a background in finance – do you know what to look for? Join Texas Healthcare Trustees Nov. 19 for a webinar that will feature the Finance and Reimbursement section of Trustee Online and discuss the financial metrics and reports health care board members should review. Bring your questions – there will be an opportunity to get real-time answers from experts.
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What Makes a Successful Health System Leader?
Becker's Hospital Review
Having a strong ability to lead and develop culture is one of the most important aspects of being a successful health system leader. "It takes vision, values, a common purpose and the ability to bring in other folks to create a strong network. From a cultural standpoint, it's difficult to knit these all together, but people do," said David DiLoreto, M.D., president and CEO of Presence Health Partners in Chicago.
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How to Achieve Physician Engagement in Your Hospital
Hospitals & Health Networks
Physician engagement is a critical success factor for hospitals and health systems navigating delivery system transformation. An engaged physician workforce is linked to enhanced patient care, lower costs, greater efficiency, and improved quality and patient safety. It also is linked to higher physician satisfaction and retention.
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Coaching: Breaking It Down for Health Care Leaders
By Christina Thielst
Great leaders are sometimes measured by how deeply they have impacted the lives of others, and the ability to coach those around them is a common characteristic. What is coaching? It is really just a tool for effective communication between a leader and those they lead. It helps build a mutual understanding of goals, alignment of expectations, the sharing of knowledge as it is needed, and more adaptive and reactive teams.
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To Motivate Employees, Help Them Do Their Jobs Better
Harvard Business Review
Forward-thinking companies pay a great deal of attention to employee engagement. But should they? Over the past decades, scientific research has provided compelling evidence for the idea that engaged employees perform better, are less likely to leave or burn out, and are more likely to display organizational citizenship. Employee engagement also has been found to correlate positively with business-level performance and other measures of organizational effectiveness.
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Hospital CEO Contends With Medicaid Conundrum
The Wall Street Journal
The future of Truman Medical Centers, a two-hospital safety-net system in Kansas City, Missouri, depends on the state Legislature — and no one understands that better than its new chief executive, Charlie Shields. Shields, a genial 55-year-old, spent 20 years as a Republican lawmaker, ending up as the leader of the Missouri Senate before term limits forced him to step down. In 2010, he became chief operating officer of one of Truman's hospitals, and in July he succeeded longtime Truman CEO John W. Bluford III.
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Seven Business Strategies All Successful Leaders Need to Master
Inc. via Business Insider
Many companies build decent success based solely on executing good tactics. They manage the day-to-day profitably and can solve problems as they happen. But eventually, they stall. Their competition catches up, they don't have clear differentiation, and no one is able to sell like the original entrepreneur. Simply put, they lack strategy.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    How CEOs Can Maintain Their Edge (Entrepreneur)
When Directors Go Rogue (By Robert C. Harris)
Education Spotlight: Health Care Finance for Trustees (Texas Healthcare Trustees)
What Happens to Key Actions and Decisions After a Board Meeting? (By William D. Pawlucy)
Nine Things Every Leader Should Keep an Eye On (Becker's Hospital Review)
Why Leaders Don't Brag About Successfully Managing Stress (Harvard Business Review Blog)

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Texas Healthcare Trustees is a statewide association whose members are Texas hospitals, health systems and health-related organizations. THT is a 501(c)(3) organization providing education and resources to help ensure our members are equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the health care industry and lead their hospital to success. Membership includes more than 450 governing boards and represents nearly 4,000 trustees. THT is the oldest trustee organization in the country, founded in 1961. THT is affiliated with the Texas Hospital Association and regularly partners with the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals.

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