Ed Hatcher Earns Iowa Hospital Association’s
Trustee of the Year Award
Edward Hatcher, a member of Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, was recently recognized by the Iowa Hospital Association as the top hospital trustee in the state.
IHA’s Excellence in Governance Award is presented each year to an Iowa hospital trustee who is identified as a strategic thinker, diplomat, and leader who understands the strategic vision of the organization, focuses management attention on the past, present, and future healthcare needs of the communities served, and works to influence community perceptions and actions taken on behalf of the hospital.
Hatcher was recognized before a crowd of his colleagues and peers on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at a reception in conjunction with IHA’s annual meeting conference in Des Moines.
“As a leader and board member, Ed is a tremendous asset to our organization, our board, and to me,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “For more than 26 years, Ed has served either on the board of directors or on the GRMC Foundation Board. He is a teacher, a farmer, and a hospital leader who cares deeply about the health of the community around him.”
Hatcher was nominated by staff and fellow trustees of GRMC. Nominations are reviewed by an impartial out-of-state third party judging panel with no input or influence from IHA on the outcome. Hatcher is the 26th recipient of the Excellence in Governance Award, which IHA began recognizing in 1991 as a memorial to Ernie Hayes, a 40-year trustee for Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant. Hayes’ selfless dedication to service continues to benefit people, hospitals, and communities throughout Iowa.