Governance Ethics in Health Care Organizations


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America’s hospitals and health care systems are currently facing an unprecedented array of demographic, economic, and social challenges. Addressing these challenges effectively demands collaboration by board, clinical, and executive leadership. Many of the challenges involve ethical as well as financial, operational, and strategic considerations. Establishing the ethical standards of conduct that provide the foundation for the organization’s biomedical, managerial, and organizational ethics and decision-making is vested directly in its governing board.
Given its responsibility to establish and maintain the organization’s ethical standards of conduct, what are the board’s critical duties? In the realm of ethics, what are the hallmarks of effective governance? In their presentation, Drs. Gerald Magill and Lawrence Prybil will identify and discuss – in practical terms – the core foundation-related, process-related, and practice-related hallmarks that warrant on-going attention by board leadership in partnership with their clinical and executive partners.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the Ethics Paradigm that was designed by the authors for their work on Governance Ethics in Healthcare Organizations.
  • Discuss the oversight of board structure focusing on foundation-related, process-related, and practice-related governance ethics hallmarks.
  • Explain community benefit and community health focusing on foundation-related, process-related, and practice-related governance ethics hallmarks.

More About the Speakers:

Gerard Magill, Ph.D., holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair at Duquesne University (appointed in 2007, continuing), where he is a tenured Professor in the Center for Global Health Ethics. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 13 books including a recently co-authored book on Governance Ethics in Healthcare Organizations (Routledge 2020). In the Center for Global Health Ethics at Duquesne University, Dr. Magill teaches courses on ethics in the doctoral program and leads clinical ethics rotations for senior students in several hospitals. His current research includes governance, organizational, professional, and clinical ethics, among many other topics.

Lawrence Prybil, Ph.D., has been a Professor in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health since 2010, where he served as Associate Dean and retired in June 2021 as the Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership. He is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, where he was Associate Dean and Senior Advisor to the Dean in the UI College of Public Health. Before returning to Iowa to participate in building its new College of Public Health, Dr. Prybil held senior executive positions in two of our country’s largest nonprofit health systems for nearly twenty years, including ten years as CEO for a six-state division of the Daughters of Charity National Health System (now Ascension Health).