CMH Board member Hacker awarded Governance Excellence Certificate
David Hacker, Citizens Memorial Hospital board member, was awarded a Governance Excellence certificate by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) to acknowledge his completion of the MHA’s new voluntary educational program for hospital board members. Hacker was recognized on June 14, at the MHA Leadership Forum in Branson. Forty hospital trustees from 19 hospitals were awarded the certificate.
To complete the certificate program, trustees were required to attend a day-long session at MHA’s annual convention in November and complete six of the eight independent study models. Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO, said, “The Governance Excellence Certificate Program is designed to expand trustees’ knowledge base and provide enhanced decision-making skills.”
The certificate program was started in 2011 to enhance hospital trustees’ skills and provide them with increased knowledge of issues in hospital governance to help them make effective decisions for their organizations.
Even at the young age of 27, David Hacker, DDS, was actively involved with the informal “planning committee” that existed from 1976 through the formation of the Hospital District in 1979. “The only reason Dr. Hacker was not a ‘charter’ member of the board is that he was too young as the statute required board members to be at least age 30,” says Donald J. Babb, chief executive officer of Citizens Memorial Hospital and executive director of Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation. “He was involved with recruiting the initial members of the Board that stood for election and was the first ‘replacement’ to come on the board after Charlie Pence resigned due to his moving from the community.”
Dr. Hacker is a voice of quiet reason when issues are being debated. Since assuming the chairmanship in December 2006, he has done a wonderful job of providing leadership and doing those time consuming and sometimes difficult jobs that a Chairman is expected to do,” says Babb.
Dr. Hacker retired from his full-time dentistry practice in Bolivar and is currently a dentist for Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield.
October 03, 2011