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No. While HRSA does not require a CEO succession plan based on the HRSA Compliance Manual and Site Visit protocol, it is strongly recommended (and an industry best practice) that the Board of Directors have a CEO succession plan. A CEO succession plan helps to navigate the risk of an unplanned absence, can provide a plan if a transition should occur, and breaks the ice on succession planning. A succession plan should not be used to inappropriately remove the CEO; but can be used to assist with planning for any unforeseen occurrences. The CEO transition within a health center can put stress on employees and the organization. It is important that a board approved policy is developed to ensure that the succession plan can:
If a health center has a change in the CEO position, it is important to remember that HRSA requires that: