The Ethics of Hospital Trustees

The Ethics of Hospital Trustees

by Bruce Jennings
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589010159

ISBN-13: 9781589010154

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Despite the bioethics explosion little attention has been paid to the ethical roles and responsibilities of those who are ultimately in charge of hospital governance. Traditional legal frameworks and paradigmatic understandings of the role of trustees no longer suffice as guides to ethical responsible accountability and conduct. The goal of this book is to show that…  See more details below

Overview

Despite the bioethics explosion little attention has been paid to the ethical roles and responsibilities of those who are ultimately in charge of hospital governance. Traditional legal frameworks and paradigmatic understandings of the role of trustees no longer suffice as guides to ethical responsible accountability and conduct. The goal of this book is to show that the decisions made by hospital trustees and the actions of hospital boards do raise important ethical issues, and that ethical dimensions of trustee service should be more explicitly recognized and discussed.

The essays included here are based on a Hastings Center research project involving extensive interviews and group meetings with 98 nonprofit hospital trustees and CEOs over a two-year period. What emerged from these interactions were four principles of hospital trusteeship: 1. Fidelity to mission; 2. Service to patients; 3. Service to the community; 4. Institutional stewardship. These principles guide the thinking of the contributors, and represent the book's scholarly contribution to the field.

The first part of the book offers a philosophical and theoretical framework for understanding the four principles; the second part of the book is more practical, offering readers empirical data on how hospital trustees actually perform--and should perform--their duties. These latter chapters address such issues as money and mission, religious issues in Catholic hospitals, the role of ethics committees, and patient safety.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589010154
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Hastings Center Studies in Ethics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Framework for the Ethics of TrusteeshipBruce Jennings, Bradford H. Gray, Virginia A. Sharpe, and Alan R. Fleischman

Part I: Hospital Trusteeship in Legal and Social Context

1. The Trustee's Dilemma: Hospitals as Benevolence or Business - Looking Back a CenturyElizabeth Robilotti and David Rosner

2. The Legal Responsibilities of Voluntary Hospital TrusteesJ. David Seay

3. Hospital Trusteeship in an Era of Institutional Transition: What Can We Learn from Governance Research?Jeffrey A. Alexander

4. The Role of Hospitals in the CommunityRomana Hasnain-Wynia, Frances S. Margolin, and Mary A. Pittman

5. The Role of Trustees and the Ethics of Trusteeship: Findings from an Empirical StudyBradford H. Gray and Linda Weiss

Part II: Ethical Perspectives

6. The Trustees of Nonprofit Hospitals: Dealing with Money, Mission, and MedicineWilliam F. May

7. Trustees and the Moral Identity of the HospitalDavid H. Smith

8. Trusteeship as RepresentationBruce Jennings

9. Ethical Dimensions of Trusteeship on the Boards of Catholic Hospitals and SystemsCharles J. Dougherty

Part III: Trusteeship in Practice: Decisions and Systems

10. Hospital Partnering, Sale and For-Profit Conversions: Trustees' Responsibility and Perceptions in a Time of ChangeLinda Weiss and Bradford H. Gray

11. Fitting Board Information to Board FunctionAnthony R. Kovner

12. What Hospital Trustees Can Learn From Ethics Committees: An Essay on Pragmatism, Ethics, and the Governance of Health Care OrganizationsJoseph J. Fins

13. Patient Safety and the Role of Hospital BoardsVirginia A. Sharpe

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