West Shore Medical Center Trustee Beth McCarthy recently graduated from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Excellence in Governance Fellowship program. McCarthy and the other graduates, representing hospitals from around the state, were honored at the MHA’s annual meeting on Mackinac Island on June 27.
The goal of the fellowship program is to arm members of governing boards for hospitals and health systems with advanced governance and leadership skills to enable them to better serve their communities.
“The health care industry is complicated, and the MHA program provides a depth of knowledge that is incomparable,” said West Shore Medical Center President James Barker. “We are fortunate to have dedicated Board members willing to make the significant time commitment to the fellowship. The hospital benefits greatly from having such well informed and skilled Trustees.” West Shore Medical Center Trustees Theodore Batzer, MD, Clara Kraus Saari, and Kellie Parkes are also alumni fellows.
The training consists of four face-to-face sessions covering effective governance, the board’s role in quality and patient safety, hospital and medical staff strategic partnerships, and personal mastery and capacity building. The program provides additional learning opportunities through retreats, virtual communications, and peer-to-peer learning circles. Expert facilitators and nationally recognized faculty present the program.
McCarthy, co-owner of MacBeth & Co. stores in Onekama and Glen Arbor, has served on the West Shore Medical Center Board of Trustees for 6 years and is also a member of the boards of directors of the West Shore Healthcare Foundation, the Manistee County Community Foundation, and the Alliance for Economic Success, as well as the Vogue Theatre Capital Campaign.