IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE
The mission of Adventist HealthCare, (“AHC”) is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. We accomplish this mission by living our five core values of respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship.We have remained true to our mission and values for many years and will continue to do so. Consistent with this mission, AHC is committed to ethical business practices and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. As such, we have adopted an Organizational Integrity Program (“OIP”) to help us meet our ethical and legal obligations.
The AHC Code of Conduct, along with various other policies & procedures, form the basis of our system-wide Integrity Program. The Code of Conduct is designed to reinforce our understanding of the OIP, and to assist us in navigating the various compliance obligations of the highly regulated health care industry in which we do business.
Each AHC employee will be furnished with a copy of the Organizational Integrity Program Handbook, which contains our Code of Conduct along with a summary of the essential elements of the OIP. Each employee must review and become familiar with the requirements of the OIP, and sign the form attached to the Handbook acknowledging that you have read and understand the Code of Conduct. This is important because adherence to the Code of Conduct is mandatory and a condition of your employment. Indeed, the Code of Conduct applies to everyone, including board members, officers, directors, managers, contractors, medical staff, as well as all employees. By adhering to the standards and principles summarized in this Handbook, you enable AHC to continue to fulfill its mission of delivering clinical and service excellence to our customers in a legal and ethical fashion.
The OIP policies & procedures will be available to all employees through their supervisors and the AHC Intranet. We also will provide you with formal training to further enhance your understanding of the OIP and Code of Conduct.
In regards to the structure of the OIP, Susan Glover (Sr. VP System Quality, Chief Quality and Chief Integrity Officer) has been appointed as AHC’s System Integrity Officer, and will be in charge of AHC’s regulatory compliance efforts. AHC has also established an Organizational Integrity Committee, which includes members of AHC’s Senior Leadership Team as well as Local Integrity Officers (“LIO’s”) from each of AHC's hospitals, long term care facilities, and behavioral health operations.
I am very excited about our Organizational Integrity Program and look forward to working with each of you on this critical area. Please join me in reaffirming AHC’s ongoing commitment to organizational integrity. And remember, integrity is all about:
Knowing the Right Thing to Do and Doing the Right Thing
President and CEO