Georgetown University Press, 2004 ISBN 1-58901-015-9; 284 PAGES, HARDCOVER, $64.95 Based on original research and task force meetings with leading experts from across the United States, The Ethics of Hospital Trustees is comprised of a series of essentially free-standing essays directed at various aspects of a major decision-making group in health care - hospital trustees.
Vol. 26:2 summer 2010 Book Reviews The Ethics of Hospital Trustees Bruce Jennings, Bradford H. Gray, Virginia A. Sharpe, Alan R. Fleischman, editors. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004 I S B N 1 - 5 8 9 0 1 - 0 1 5 - 9 ; 2 8 4 PA G E S , H A R D C O V E R , $ 6 4 . 9 5 Based on original research and task force meetings with leading experts from across the United States, The Ethics of Hospital Trustees is comprised of a series of essentially free-standing essays directed at various aspects of a major decision-making group in health care – hospital trustees. Thirteen chapters, divided into three sections, address legal and social context, ethical perspectives, and decisions and systems in the practice of trusteeship. While all are scholarly articles, they are written with varying degrees of audience appeal. Some articles are quite engaging, others are fairly dry, but all are informative. The ten-page introduction is well-worth reading and is a good overview for the essays. (If you read this book, don’t skip the introduction.) Not only does it set the table for the upcoming articles, it also directs us to watch especially for the principles which the editors define as fundamental to ethical trusteeship: 1) fidelity to mission, 2) service to patients, 3) service to the community, and 4) institutional stewardship. Much of the book’s material focuses on not-for-profit hospitals with one chapter devoted to Catholic hospitals and systems. In the latter, the author does an exceptional job of delving into the complex inter-relationships between Catholic hospitals and secular institutions vis-à-vis how far a mission- driven, religiously based institution can bend without losing its essential qualities, explaining formal and material
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