The Snow Storm Lawsuit

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The Snow Storm Lawsuit

Candice Kessler

Health Care Policy, Law and Ethics

Strayer University

April 29, 2012

As the chief executive officer of this non-profit community hospital, I would have to consider the legal, ethical and professional aspects of this case. The first legal consideration is duty of responsibility. In a healthcare organization, management functions begin with the senior administration. This includes the chief executive officer. The responsibilities of senior administration include the following duties: support the governing board in its strategic planning and policymaking activities, carry out the board’s policies and strategic goals, communicate board policies and the strategic plan to employees and the medical staff, oversee day-to-day hospital operations, measure the quality of patient care, manage operating funds, select qualified junior executives, and conduct necessary business transactions. Management must report regularly to the governing board on the status of all of these activities (Showalter, 2008). In this case, it could be suggested that I, as CEO, neglected to adequately oversee day-to-day hospital operations which led to the staffing issues. It should also be asked if I reported the issue to the governing board. The second legal consideration is negligence. A healthcare provider can be held liable for the negligence of others, even though he has not been personally negligent. This is called vicarious liability, and is based on the principle of respondeat superior – let the superior respond for the negligence of agents or employees. Thus, physicians and other providers are responsible for the negligent acts of their nurses, paramedics, x-ray technicians, and other persons in their employ (Showalter, 2008). The third legal consideration is the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor (“the thing…...

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