Is Your Organization Ready for a
Ann G. Taylor, B. Moses Vargas, and Jennifer Stevens
What is the issue? When a hospital is entrusted with providing medical care
to a high-profile patient, or when an incident regarding the care of a patient
attains high-profile status, the entire organization can become vulnerable to a
host of staffing, public relation, and operational issues.
What is at stake? If a hospital does not have in place policies and procedures that key stakeholders involved in the patient’s care can rely on, the
unique challenges brought on by high-profile patient situations can result in
public relation debacles, breach of patient confidentiality, attacks on the organization’s operational systems, and an unsafe or confusing work environment
What should attorneys do? Attorneys can equip hospitals to handle high-profile patient scenarios by ensuring that clear policies and protocols are in
place and followed by the key stakeholders—and their staff—who are most
involved in caring for the patient.
CITATION: Ann G. Taylor, B. Moses Vargas, and Jennifer Stevens, Is Your Organization
Ready for a High-Profile Patient?, J. Health & Life Sci. L., June 2016 at 85. © American
Health Lawyers Association, www.healthlawyers.org/journal. All rights reserved.
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