University Hospitals (UH) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®.
UH has received this designation five times since 2012, and is one of only seven health care providers recognized this year. The award underscores an ongoing institutional commitment to continually raise the bar on ethical leadership and behavior throughout the organization.
“The recognition is a tribute to the culture of integrity that defines University Hospitals and the care we provide to the people of Northeast Ohio,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals. “As this honor continues to grow in prominence, we hope more organizations worldwide recognize that high ethical standards are fundamental to success.”
This is the eleventh year that Ethisphere has honored companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.
UH highlighted several programs to Ethisphere to demonstrate its commitment to integrity and social responsibility. The foundation is UH’s best-in class ethics and compliance program and strong corporate governance, and in addition to that are programs designed to enhance the communities and environment in which it operates. These include a system-wide sustainability program and community sustainability initiatives, such as the bike share program “UH Bikes”; various diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the “Health Scholars Program” for young people in underrepresented minorities who are interested in healthcare careers, mentorship and recruitment programs for minority medical residents, and the “Step Up to UH” program, which supports the economic development of neighborhoods surrounding the system’s flagship UH Cleveland Medical Center through the recruitment, development and retention of minority employees.
“One of the reasons UH has been recognized again as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is our culture of ethical decision-making. This is part of the DNA of the organization,” said Kim F. Bixenstine, UH Chief Compliance Officer. “This is a recognition of our commitment to doing the right thing for our patients, our employees and the communities in which we offer services.”
Being a five-time honoree underscores UH’s commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices ensuring long-term value to key stakeholders including patients, employees, and suppliers.
“Over the last eleven years, we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to everyone at University Hospitals for being recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company.”
The full list of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies:
Best practices and insights from the 2017 honorees will be released in a series of infographics and research throughout the year (view or download the 2016 insights). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World’s Most Ethical Companies are invited to participate in the Ethics Quotient.
About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to UHhospitals.org
About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: http://ethisphere.com
Paula Darte (UH)
Clea Nabozny (Ethisphere)