The Hospital Association is a non-profit trade association, organized for the benefit of its members and the people of New Hampshire. Advocacy is the Association’s top priority. The Association serves as a resource for helping administrators, trustees, physicians, nurses, volunteers and others working in hospitals and other healthcare organizations to pursue common goals and meet common needs. The Association works to preserve regulatory and business climates that support both the clinical and economic performance of healthcare organizations, expand access to coverage and care, enhance the future viability of essential community providers, and improve public confidence in hospitals and healthcare statewide.
Election of Members and Terms of Office
A board of trustees elected by the membership governs the Association. The board includes 16 members. Board members are elected by the membership at the Association’s Annual Meeting, generally held in September of each year. There are no designated seats or other special eligibility criteria for election to the board, except that the president of the Association serves ex officio with vote as a member of the board. Board members are generally elected for a two-year term. Members may be reelected for additional consecutive terms for a total of up to six consecutive years of service.
Election of Officers and Terms of Office
The membership at the Annual Meeting also elects a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary-treasurer. Officers are elected for a one-year term. An Executive Committee consisting of the chairman, vice-chairman, secretary-treasurer, immediate past chairman, AHA RPB delegate and the president can act on behalf of the board between regularly scheduled board meetings. Service as chairman or immediate past chairman is not counted toward the six consecutive years of service term limit.
Board members are responsible for attending Board meetings regularly and participating in providing the policy guidance that the Association needs. Board members support the work of the Association by accepting special assignments such as serving on Board committees or ad hoc committees at the request of the chairman. Board members also serve by accepting the special responsibility of providing leadership as an officer of the Association. Board members also help set the strategic direction for the Association, help monitor and evaluate performance, and help serve as liaisons for the membership. Overall, board members keep the Association financially sound and well managed so that it can continue to be an effective advocate for health and hospitals in New Hampshire now and in the future.
Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses
Service as a member of the Board is volunteer service for which there is no compensation. Generally members incur little or no expense in serving as a member of the Board. However, Board members are not expected to incur personal out-of-pocket expense in carrying out their duties as a board member. In such cases a Board member can apply for reasonable reimbursement of direct, personal expense incurred.