Ethical Governance in Health Care: A Board Leadership Guide for Building an Ethical Culture

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Health Forum, 2004 - Medical - 106 pages
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Ethical Governance in Health Care helps boards of trustees and CEOs design programs and allocate resources that strengthen their effectiveness and accountability. In an era of egregious actions and mistakes directly attributable to lax oversight and weak governance by corporate boards, health care trustees must collaborate with institutional leaders to respond to the changing legal, moral, and ethical climate of the care delivery system. Ethical Governance in Health Care redefines the role, function, power, and process of governing boards. As a practical guide, the book provides direction on how to confront moral and ethical dilemmas. It defines the difference between the legal environment and a facility's ethical climate to help trustees translate organizational values into future plans. Ethical Governance in Health Care also addresses the critical challenge of putting mission into practice. At stake is the hospital's ability to build trust among the community, staff, vendors, public regulators, and accreditation agencies. A special place is reserved in this book for guidance on avoiding actual and perceived conflicts of interest. Book jacket.

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Being Effective in a Changing World
Developing Skills in Ethical Analysis
Creating the Ethical Organization

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Roger A. Ritvo, Ph.D., serves as professor and vice chancellor at Auburn University Montgomery (AL). He received a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. He was dean and professor at the University of New Hampshire¿s School of Health and Human Services. Other positions include director, graduate program in health administration at Cleveland State University as well as sr. policy advisor to two Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The AHA published Dr. Ritvo¿s book, Improving Board Effectiveness.

Joel D. Ohlsen, M.D., a radiation oncologist, is director of cancer services for St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Dr. Ohlsen has served on its board of trustees for 15+ years, has been a member of the AHA¿s Regional Policy Board for seven years, and is a member of the AHA Committee on Governance. In addition, Dr. Ohlsen is a member of the board of trustees of the Colorado Health and Hospital Association, and is the chairman of the board of the Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

Thomas P. Holland, Ph.D., is professor and co-director of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, University of Georgia. He holds a doctorate from Brandeis University, where his research focused on the impacts of management changes on staff and consumers. For 30+ years, he has taught graduate courses in management of nonprofit organizations and conducted extensive research on their governing boards. He consults with boards internationally and has numerous publications on governance. Dr. Holland is the lead author of Improving Board Effectiveness, published by the AHA.

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