Ethics and Compliance
The Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) ethics and compliance guidelines help us provide the community with a wide range of quality health care services.
Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) adheres to a high standard of ethical and legal practices, both for our employees and for the organization as a whole.
To make sure our standards are maintained throughout GSH, we’ve created a Corporate Compliance Plan and a Code of Conduct. These documents identify professional and ethical standards of conduct and compliance with federal, state, and local laws. The Plan and Code promote good corporate citizenship for members and partners and help us to identify high-risk areas and prevent misconduct. In many cases, the policies and procedures we’ve set exceed the standards required by law.
We understand that no set of standards or written rules can substitute for the personal integrity, thoughtful judgment, and common sense needed to make good decisions daily. However, these documents provide employees with measurable standards, policies, guidance, and even a hotline to report misconduct.
Expectations for Employees
We expect employees to ask questions and raise concerns about business practices when they see something they think might be wrong. There might be times when employees are not comfortable raising those concerns with their supervisors, compliance officers or human resource contacts, or when they simply wish to remain anonymous. A toll-free telephone “hotline” has been implemented so that our employees can anonymously report instances of suspected wrongdoing or ask questions about compliance matters.
Consequences for non-compliance
Failure to follow the Compliance Plan and Code of Conduct can bring serious consequences to employees and to GSH. Employees who do not follow the Plan or Code could lose their jobs or face criminal charges. Noncompliance for Premier means the organization could face criminal prosecution, substantial monetary fines, and possible exclusion from Medicare and other federally funded programs. Perhaps the greatest consequence to Premier would be the loss of our reputation for integrity.
We have a dedicated compliance team who works with senior management to implement our program. Our compliance department ensures our employees know what is expected of them and helps them to make the right decisions. Our mandatory online training modules help employees understand legal and ethical business practices. The Plan and Code is updated periodically to ensure that Premier is educating employees about changes in laws and regulations as well as implementing and enforcing the changes.