Five hospitals named among world's most ethical companies

Three health insurance companies also honored

The Ethisphere Institute this week released its list of the world's most ethical companies, which includes five hospital groups, three health insurance companies, and several other health care organizations.

How the list was created

Overall, Ethisphere named 132 companies in 21 countries to the list. Companies were evaluated in five areas: ethics and compliance programs, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, and leadership, innovation, and reputation.

"The World's Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance," says Ethisphere's CEO Timothy Erblich, adding, "These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture… involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing."

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Hospitals named to the list

In 2015, five hospitals were recognized on Ethisphere's list:

  • Baptist Health South Florida;
  • Cleveland Clinic;
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA);
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System; and
  • University Hospitals.

Baptist Health President and CEO Brian Keeley credited his organization's focus on patients for its selection. "We are committed to doing the right thing for our employees, our patients, and the communities we serve," he said in a statement.

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Other health care companies on the list

Three insurance companies were also included on the list:

  • Blue Shield of California;
  • BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina; and
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

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Other health care companies on the list included Premier, Novation, and Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (Ethisphere list, 3/9; Ethisphere methodology, 3/9; Allstate release, 3/9; West, FierceHealthcare, 3/10; Baptist Health release, 3/9).

The takeaway: Five hospitals and three health insurance companies were named among the world's most ethical companies in a list published this week.

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