March 20, 2014

Contact: Christa Martin, (205) 286-4107

Helen Keller Hospital Board Members Achieve Trustee Certification

Sheffield, Ala. - Nine board members at Helen Keller Hospital were recently recognized for their achievement in becoming Certified Hospital Trustees. Trustees certified were: Alford Boyd, Jr.; Alyce Brown, PhD; Larry Carmichael, M.D.; Larry Collum; Larry Farmer; Steve Hargrove; David McKinley, M.D.; Don Ruggles; and Patrick Smith.

The certification program was established by the Alabama Hospital Association, in conjunction with the Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees, to encourage continued leadership development and knowledge of the health care system among hospital board members.

"Being a hospital trustee in today's environment is not an easy task," said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. "These men and women are called on for countless meetings on issues that make a tremendous difference to their communities, so education on the issues and on their roles and responsibilities becomes crucial. This certification program reinforces that."

According to Horsley, trustees who enroll in the certification program must fulfill a set of requirements on an annual basis that measure participation, basic knowledge, continuing education and other skill sets vital to effective governance. The program is voluntary and is offered to hospitals statewide.

"We had more than 100 men and women certified this year," added Horsley. "The program is growing, and we believe that this growth demonstrates trustees' dedication to being as informed and prepared as possible for the responsibilities of serving on a hospital board."