Andy Stern is chairman of Dallas public relations firm Sunwest Communications. Active in healthcare, he is the incoming chairman of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance and serves on many healthcare boards including AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AHS), the nation’s largest healthcare workforce solutions company; Medical City Dallas Hospital and Dallas Medical Resource. He is past chairman of the Texas Healthcare Trustees and a former board member of the Texas Hospital Association. From 1975 to 1977, he served as Staff Assistant to President Gerald R. Ford at The White House and then served in senior corporate positions until founding Sunwest in 1982.

The Hospital Trustee’s Role in Advocacy

As community leaders, hospital trustees are a powerful voice for their hospitals or health systems when it comes to advocacy. They can offer legislators “real life” insights and perspectives into the challenges facing patients and community members in the hospital’s service area, as well as how legislation and regulation will affect the women and men who work every day to fulfill their hospital’s promise of help, hope, and healing. Trustees know how hard their hospitals and health systems are working to transform the way health care is delivered in their communities. They have an important role to play in making… Full Story

Healthcare’s Patchwork of Regulations Adds Important Nuance to ‘Repeal and Replace’ of the ACA

Frankly, repeal or probably a major restructuring is a legislative process that will take months and years. Congress might start the process since Speaker Paul Ryan began lining up alternatives with his “Patients’ Choice Act.” Congress needs a starting point and whatever is introduced will be a red-hot target for longtime advocates of Obamacare. Let that fun begin. Full Story

In a Web of Conflicts, Trust Between the Public and Hospital Trustees Remains Paramount

It may be permissible if a hospital trustee concurrently serves as the owner of a printing shop that produces the hospital’s brochures. Disclosure gives safe harbor to any transaction. But, to competitors in the community or patients concerned about rising healthcare costs, such transactions might as well be negotiated in the back room. It matters little if the concerns are misplaced or that the trustee submitted the lowest price, best service or value added. The trust in the institution is damaged. And, within the entire healthcare community, trust is the critical ingredient. Full Story