Board Oversight of Community Benefit: An Ethical Imperative

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Board oversight of community benefit constitutes an ethical imperative for nonprofit health care organizations. By "ethical imperative" we mean a health care organization's duty to fulfill value-based obligations that transcend compliance requirements in order to be consistent with its basic sense of purpose. We consider three points here: the existence of a distinctively ethical imperative for board oversight, the fact that the imperative is organizational in nature, and practical ways to fulfill its obligations. To explain the meaning of ethical imperative, offer analytical clarification, and provide evidence-based guidelines we adopt an organizational ethics paradigm. Because community benefit for tax-exempt ..
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