Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

Editorial

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Dr. Viktor Frankl, the well-known Austrian psychiatrist, cautioned that freedom without responsibility is an oxymoron (Pattakos, 2012) and proposed "that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast" (Frankl, 1992, p. 134). Similarly, Benjamin West's painting Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple resides on the East Coast in the first U.S. hospital, Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Hospital. When West was originally asked to contribute a painting for the institution, he responded, "The subject... is the Redeemer of mankind extending his aid to the afflicted of all ranks and conditions" (Penn Medicine, n.d.).

Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple reflects a traditional American view of health and healthcare that places heavy emphasis on personal health services over population, community, and public health efforts. The articles in this issue of IHM, however, indicate that the time may have come for West's painting to be supplemented by one on the West Coast, perhaps entitled Christ Preventing the Onset of Illness Among the Healthy. Together, these articles emphasize the renewed importance of population health and epidemiology, offering strategies to address health and healthcare disparities, principles of public health as vital management competencies, and other key findings.

Our interview for this issue is with Wayne M. Lerner, DrPH, FACHE, past president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital. Dr. Lerner discusses the various leadership roles and organizational contexts in which he has worked, his unique career trajectory, his thoughts on how epidemiology can be the shared vehicle for improving working relationships between clinicians and administrators, and his view of the future of safety net hospitals in the United States.

Equity of Care columnist Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, describes the changing demographic landscape and current state of healthcare disparities in the United States, provides examples of programs and strategies employed by Catholic healthcare organizations to address disparities, and shows how advancing this issue is a crucial aspect of both the Affordable Care Act and the creation of a just healthcare system.

Daniel K. Zismer, PhD, our Integrated Health Systems columnist, argues that as greater value for dollars spent will be expected from our health system, the need to adopt principles and models of public health practice as new core competencies for healthcare management will be essential. …

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