On November 5 Mount St. Mary’s University hosted its 21st annual Corporate Social Responsibility Symposium. The event entitled The Ethics & Economy of Healthcare in America, centered on the issues facing the state of the United States healthcare system today, what direction it is headed and our own concerns and reservations the American people have regarding such moves. The panel featured Richard P. Kidwell C’76, Richard P. Miller C’74 and William J. Ward Jr. C’65 esteemed members of the healthcare industry in their own areas. The panel was led by moderator Gracelyn A. McDermott C’93 who is the Vice President of Accrediting and Client Services for URAC.
After opening remarks by Karl Einolf, dean of the Richard J. Bolte School of Business the panel began discussions surrounding methods to achieve health equity, improvement of the healthcare experience and how health economics and ethical issues interact. Richard P. Kidwell C’76 who is the Senior Associate Counsel/ Vice President of Risk Management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center began the discussion addressing medical malpractice in the healthcare industry and how you can respond appropriately and professionally. The second panelist to address the crowd was Richard P. Miller C’74 who is the president and CEO of Virtua, a non-profit healthcare system in the southern New Jersey area that specializes in hospice and end of life care. One of the main points from Miller was the importance of human dignity in the end of life care process. William Ward Jr. closed with comments regarding the supply and demand cycle of healthcare. Ward argued that as the government attempts to limit healthcare choices the public will no longer have the choice that consumers have been fortunate to have over the years.
The event overall was well received by a crowd of about 140 as students and faculty engaged in their own concerns regarding the state of healthcare in America. The event is sponsored by the Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business and the BB&T Center for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Capitalism.