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CHICAGO, February 14, 2005—Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D., has been named the winner of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2005 Dean Conley Award for his article “Prejudice and the Medical Profession,” published in the September/October 2003 issue of Health Progress.

The award will be presented on March 16, 2005, at the Wednesday Hot Topic Session #1 during the American College of Healthcare Executives 48th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hilton Chicago.

Named for ACHE’s executive director from 1942 to 1965, the Dean Conley Award is granted annually by ACHE to recognize contributions to healthcare management literature and to encourage healthcare executives to write and publish articles. “Prejudice and the Medical Profession” was selected by ACHE’s Article of the Year Awards Committee.

In his article, Clark outlines a brief history of racism in healthcare and identifies several situations that contributed to minorities’ lack of trust of the medical establishment. Clark then applies the three ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence/nonmaleficence, and justice to the issue of racism in healthcare. He concludes that immediate action is necessary to ensure that all Americans are receiving equal care. Clark also identifies several steps to eliminate racism in healthcare, including offering every citizen adequate healthcare, increasing the number of minority doctors, using evidence-based guidelines to determine treatment, ensuring equity among organ transplant recipients, and addressing the many myths and rumors that surround healthcare issues such as HIV/AIDS and vaccinations.

Clark is professor of Ethics for St. Joseph’s University and bioethicist for Mercy Health System, both located in Philadelphia.

The Article of the Year Awards Committee recommends two additional articles: “Changing the Healthcare Culture: The Consumer as Part of the System of Care,” by Julie Morath, R.N., from the Summer 2003 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management, and “Scrutiny of Not-for-Profit Community Hospitals’ Exempt Status Targets Their Pricing/Collection Practices, Charitable Purposes and Finances Resulting in Significant Local, State and National Events That Now Challenge Hospital Managements and Boards,” by James J. Unland, published in June 2004 by HealthBusinessandPolicy.com.

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