The Franciscan Alliance
Learning Team B
HCS/335 Health Care Ethics & Social Responsibility
January 13, 2014
The Franciscan Alliance is a health care organization that provides access to the latest technology and offers a variety of health care services such as cancer care, rehabilitation, senior services, hospice, amongst other services. In 1875, a group of Catholic Sisters from Olpe brought St. Francis ministries of health and education to the Midwest United States, which late opened doors to the first hospital known as the Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health (The Franciscan Alliance, 2013). Later the sisters expanded the health system with more ...view middle of the document...
“Continuing Christ’s Ministry in our Franciscan Tradition” (The Franciscan Alliance, 2013) is the motto the organization lives by. The importance of continuing to protect each patient is through the help of Christ is always first. They continue to provide health care to patients by using Jesus as the idol. The way He was so caring and compassionate to other people, no matter their background, is a driving force. A belief of the staff helping in some way is part of the ministry. Not only having the capabilities of providing the health care in questions, but having the ability to help patients cope with a diagnosis or even worse, the death of someone, is very important. The staff is meeting its own agenda by abiding by the slogan. The community is as much a part of the Alliance as the staff members are. The Franciscan Alliance believes that the community and the staff members are responsible for the success of the organization as a whole. The Alliance is always finding ways to better help serve the community it provides care to. They strive for keeping this going is to continually do research that focuses on the improvements of the health care. Also providing classes for those who are interested in a particular subject is another way of serving the community and meeting the organization’s own expectations. The patients are always top priority of the Franciscan Alliance, and this is proven with its many programs designed specifically for those patients.
Relationship between the culture and ethical decision-making
The relationship between the organization’s culture and ethical decision-making is based on the organization’s values and mission statement. Ethical standards are set in place in order to a healthy, well developed, and well informed healthcare culture. This benefits all of the organization, its employees, and the patients that receive care there.
Franciscan Alliance’s mission statement combined with their values is what makes up their organization’s culture. Ethical decision making can be made from the standards that cultivate from the organization’s values and mission statement. Management, physicians and other health care workers deliver quality patient care when their decision-making reflects that of the organization’s mission statement. Healthcare workers that have a full understanding of the organizations expectations of them can give better patient care as well as be in compliance with federal healthcare regulations.
Franciscan’s values include respect and value of life, loyalty to team members and patients, compassionate care, joyful availability, and Christian stewardship that is defined as a “Christian stewardship is evidenced by just and fair allocation of human, spiritual, physical and financial resources in a manner respectful of the individual, responsive to the needs of society, and consistent with Church teachings” (The Franciscan Alliance, 2013).
In order for an organization’s culture to reflect their ethical...