Heritage: The Story of St. Mary's Hospital, 1880-1980
By Leo G. Bryne and Sister Alberta Cammack, C.S.J
Chapter II Modern Medical Complex
Board of Directors
The decisions which form hospital policy and shape its spirit spring from its dedication to the Christian ministry of mercy. This spirit guides St. Mary's through the cooperative efforts of the corporation's Board of Directors and the Administration of the hospital. The Sister who represents the Congregation, known as Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary's and the President of the Board of Directors, which is composed of both religious and lay members.
The Board of Directors, through established committees, works with the Medical Staff on all matters of mutual interest or concern; it studies and authorizes all hospital contracts; assists in establishing the best working conditions and benefits for hospital personnel; determines the financial feasibility of corporate projects, acts, and undertakings; and keeps abreast of trends in order to evaluate and plan comprehensive long range projects, services and programs. Recognizing that each person has uniqueness and dignity, patient care and quality of life are the prime concerns in all deliberations of the Board. In its efforts to alleviate suffering, it assumes the obligation to provide proper atmosphere and competent means to prevent and cure illness and to improve the quality of life.
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