Scholarship fund created for rural Texas hospitals
Houston County Courier
AUSTIN - Texas Healthcare Trustees has announced the creation and funding of the THT Scholarship Fund to help further governance education in rural hospitals throughout the state of Texas. The scholarship fund provides governing board members of Texas rural hospitals with education and tools to help ensure they are prepared to lead during a health care era marked by rapid change and innovation. The scholarship program has been fully funded for 2014 by FirstSouthwest. "THT is very excited to collaborate with FirstSouthwest on the new THT scholarship program," said Stacy Cantu, THT president/chief executive officer. "Now, more than ever, rural hospitals face much uncertainty. These smaller hospitals contain such dedicated staff, leaders and board members, and we want to guarantee they have what they need to remain viable and successful. "We greatly appreciate FirstSouthwest for this collaboration. This scholarship is another step in providing resources for trustees allowing them to govern their organizations to provide the best care for Texans." Hill A. Feinberg, chairman and CEO of First- Southwest, said funding for the program resulted from continued work with local hospitals across the state that remain focused on providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of patients in their communities. "We knew joining Texas Healthcare Trustees on this scholarship program would provide a great asset to health care board members. Health care is an increasingly multifaceted industry, and hospital and system board members need to be equipped with the knowledge to navigate these complexities," Feinberg said. "Providing the best quality in health care starts with the board, which is why we are happy to join THT in providing a scholarship fund to help trustees lead." The aim of THT is to inspire excellence in health care governance through education, resources and leadership opportunities to board members throughout the state. THT's mission inspired the creation of this fund to help rural trustees get access to the education they need.