Our providers, caregivers and faculty dedicate themselves to our patients and in doing so make IU Health the best healthcare system in our state and IU School of Medicine one of the top medical schools in the nation. In return, we owe each other support when their professional judgment is questioned, or action is taken against them, and we believe their actions are aligned with our values. That’s what it means to count on and care for one another.
When our caregivers follow our organization’s policies, guidelines and standards, as well as all relevant federal and state rules and regulations, we will support them to the fullest extent allowed, including legal representation. When they do the right thing and live our values in providing great care for our patients, we will stand with them to support their actions.
In addition, we recognize and respect every person’s right to express their opinions on issues of the day. When employees express their views publicly as an individual, they should make clear they are speaking for themselves and not for IU Health or the IU School of Medicine and honor our commitment to patient privacy.
And in order for IU Health and the IU School of Medicine to provide a consistent public voice on critical health matters, we ask that all inquiries and requests for news interviews and public statements be handled through our respective Public Relations teams.
Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA
Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs
Dean, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dennis M. Murphy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Indiana University Health
Joint statement of support for Caitlin Bernard, MD, from IU President Pamela Whitten and IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess
“Dr. Bernard has always demonstrated sincere concern for the well-being of her patients and the education of her students. It’s what makes her a well-respected doctor, researcher, and educator, and a member of the faculty in good standing with IU School of Medicine.”