4Effective Governance

A team is only as good as its ownership. This is especially true in times of great change, stress, cultural transformation, and innovation. Geisinger’s board structure over the years serves as a good case study for the importance of effective governance, adapting to major changes in the organization and in the healthcare industry. Geisinger’s evolution from a regional provider to a nationally recognized, vertically integrated health services delivery and payer model could not have happened without a simultaneous evolution in board composition, structure, and aspiration.

The fundamental Geisinger governance structure and function was first set up in 1981 with the creation of a single functional governing board, which became ...

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