Board Orientation, Recruitment & Succession Planning

HTNYS New Hospital Board Member Orientation Program

The amount of information that healthcare trustees must learn to effectively fulfill their governance responsibilities can seem overwhelming. To help provide new and current trustees with a comprehensive overview of healthcare governance, HTNYS has developed an orientation program to inform trustees about the fundamental roles and responsibilities of hospital trustees in New York state. The recorded session and materials are available to HANYS members only.

  • Recording (90 minutes)
  • Program Agenda (start time in parentheses)
    • Welcome by HTNYS Board Chair (00:00:00)
    • Program Agenda (00:03:02)
    • Overview of HANYS, HTNYS and resources (00:06:13)
    • A scan of NY’s hospital system (00:14:49)
    • Healthcare governance (00:30:08)
      • Leading practices
        • Fiduciary duties; financial oversight; stewardship of mission, vision, values
        • Governing leadership; management vs. governance
        • Board room conduct
        • Community focus and relationships
      • Quality and patient safety (01:11:42)
        • Role of the board
        • Overview of key quality measures; public reporting
        • Medical staff credentialing
    • Short roundtable discussion with HTNYS Board Members and governance expert (01:23:37)
  • Presentation
  • Portal of Resources (Username and password were provided to members. Contact Kristen Phillips for details.)

HTNYS Educational Materials

Boardroom Orientation


  • Podcast: Proactive Board Renewal, AHA Trustee Services
    In this podcast, Pamela Knecht, president and CEO of Accord Limited, describes how to create and sustain a board with the competencies, skills and perspectives needed to become a valued partner with the executive team. Key takeaways include practical tips and tools for board selection, development, reappointment and succession planning. (Recorded in August 2020)
  • Coaching: A Critical Tool for Board Chair Development