The furor surrounding the events unfolding at Penn State is sobering and should cause each and every one of us to pause. Do we individually and collectively do the right thing each and every day?
At IU Health our values include working in a community of colleagues who share mutual trust and respect. Yet we know that many of our colleagues have personally witnessed an event or behavior inconsistent with that value and do nothing about it.
Are we afraid? Do we believe nothing will happen? Do we truly not care? If we are in a leadership position and ignore such things, that is making it OK for everyone else to do the same….and that is simply unacceptable.
If you witness or become aware of bad behavior it is your duty to report it to your immediate supervisor. If that doesn't work, or you are reluctant to do so, call the TrustLine at 888.878.7836 (888.TRUST36). It is confidential. All of the activity is reported directly to me and the Board of Directors.
And, of course, we have a special duty and responsibility - our patients and their families are especially vulnerable while in our care. In order for them to be assured they made the right choice with IU Health, the community of mutual trust and respect must be obvious to them.
The great majority of us do the right thing. All of us know what the right thing is.
WE must recommit ourselves to doing the right thing all the time.