Board of Governors
Mayor Don McIlroy, Chairperson
Mark Leatherwood, Vice-Chairperson
Pamela Mets, Treasurer
Shirley Bowser, Secretary
Dr. Gopinath Nair
President and CEO, Berger Health System
BERGER HEALTH SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS
All members of the Board of Governors (BOG) are honored to serve the Berger Health System and devote their energies to continually strive for self improvement so that patients can create a healthier life for themselves and their loved ones. The board creates an environment that exceeds expectations to be “The Best Community Hospital & Healthcare System” by carrying out the responsibilities of Hospital oversight and strategic planning,
How are Board members appointed?
Appointment to the Board of Governors (BOG) is outlined in the Ohio Revised Code, Section 749.18. Three (3) members shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Circleville with the approval of Circleville City Council, one being a physician, and three (3) members shall be appointed by the Pickaway County Commissioners, one being a physician. The Mayor of Circleville, by virtue of the office, shall sit on the BOG. The BOG may vote to appoint any member to serve as BOG Chair. Two (2) members shall be appointed by the BOG.
Members are appointed by the appointing authority to four (4) year terms and may serve only three (3) consecutive full terms. City appointees must reside in the city of Circleville or an adjacent county and must remain residents of the City of Circleville or the adjacent county during their term. County appointees must reside in Pickaway County or an adjacent county and must remain residents of Pickaway County or the adjacent county during their term.
Board of Governors: Duties & Responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities of the BOG shall include, but are not all inclusive of the following: providing for compliance with applicable laws and regulations; developing policy; providing for necessary resources, including long term capital expenditures; protecting assets; appointing and monitoring Medical Staff responsibilities; assuring that quality and equal level of care is provided; ensuring the safety of patients, medical staff, employees and visitors; defining the role of the health system; providing for institutional planning; and approving an annual operating budget. Since the Health System serves as the sole member of other organizations, the BOG is also responsible for meeting and acting separately in its capacity as the sole member and approving the Pickaway Health Services Board members as recommended by the Pickaway Health Services Board; and approving the Berger Health Foundation Board members as recommended by the Berger Health Foundation Board. The BOG is also responsible for employing the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Health System.
Board Committees: Duties & Responsibilities
The Finance Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and at least three (3) additional members of the Board (the Treasurer being the Chair of the Committee) and members of the Hospital’s Sr. Management Team. The duties of the Finance Committee shall be to see that a budget is prepared and submitted to the Board prior to the end of the fiscal year of the health system. This budget is to show the expected revenue and expenditures of the ensuing year. It shall then be the further duty of the committee to examine the monthly financial report and to receive an explanation from the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Corporate Vice President Finance of any material variations from the budget. The Finance Committee shall also critically examine the yearly audit.
Building & Equipment
The Building & Equipment Committee shall consist of four (4) members of the Board and members of the Sr. Management Team. This Committee shall receive from the Medical Staff and Health System departments’ requests for purchases of non-budgeted capital equipment and other services related to system plant, grounds, and equipment (i.e., non-budgeted maintenance or service agreements). This committee shall also assume responsibility for the review of proposed remodeling projects, to include furnishings and equipment requests; construction projects to include selection of architect and construction manager; and property acquisitions.
The Quality Committee shall consist of three (3) members of the Board and members of the Sr. Management Team. The Committee will promote and advance the safety, health, security and privacy of Health System employees, patients and visitors. As part of these duties, the Committee will compare the Health System’s work environment, safety and security records with accepted applicable industry benchmarks, ensuring the Health System meets or exceeds accepted standards in all categories.
Continuing Governance Education
The basic responsibilities of not-for-profit governing boards continue to increase, requiring volunteer board members to be better educated and informed regarding the nature of the healthcare industry. The level of responsibility, accountability and fiduciary liability has equally increased and will continue to do so as the industry begins to shift and change in a most dramatic, historic manner.
In 2009, the Board of Governors approved a voluntary Certification Program which requires Board members to obtain 15 hours of continuing education per year. Educational opportunities are offered throughout the year at Committee and Board meetings and at the annual Strategic Retreat. Through ongoing education and information sessions, Board members will be able to remain on the cutting edge of real time information allowing them to make the best-informed decisions possible.