Western Connecticut Health Network's Code of Business Ethics requires adherence by all staff at all times. Elements of the Code are outlined below.
Compliance with Legal Requirements
We must abide by the letter, as well as the spirit, of all applicable laws and regulations.
Adherence to Ethical Standards
We must adhere to the highest ethical standards of conduct in all activities.
Respect for Patients
All patients are entitled to equal access to care and to be treated with respect and dignity. We must respect the privacy of patients and fully comply with confidentiality obligations.
Respect for Fellow Employees
All employees are entitled to be treated fairly and respectfully. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital or military status, disability or sexual orientation is strictly prohibited, as is sexual harassment.
Maintenance of Accurate Records and Documents
All Western Connecticut Health Network records, documents, and reports must be accurate, complete and in compliance with internal as well as governmental requirements. All bills for patient care services must be based on the services actually provided and supported by the required documentation.
Avoidance of Conflict of Interest
We must avoid conduct which has even the appearance of conflict between our personal interests and those of DHS, and comply fully with the Policy on Conflicts of Interest.
Adherence to Proper Business Practices
We must conduct our business activities on the basis of fair competitive practices. All purchases of services and supplies must be from qualified and reliable sources and be based upon objective factors.Compliance with Environmental Laws. We must comply fully with all environmental laws and regulations. All hazardous materials and infectious wastes must be stored, handled and disposed of in full compliance with all laws, regulations and policies.
Protection of Occupational Safety
To ensure a safe work environment, we must abide by all laws and regulations regarding occupational safety.
Maintenance of a Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace.
The use, sale, purchase, transfer, possession or presence in one’s system of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited. Similarly, the use, sale, purchase, transfer, possession or presence in one’s system of alcoholic beverages while on duty is prohibited.
Employees are encouraged to come forward with any concerns or information regarding an actual or possible violation of this code or Western Connecticut Health Network’s policy and cooperate fully in the investigation of any alleged violation. Reports may be made either in person, by telephone or in writing to any of the following: Your Supervisor; Chief Compliance Officer (x7110); or the Compliance HelpLine (x7676).
Discipline of Violations
DHS will take disciplinary action, including dismissal when appropriate, against any employee who violates any legal requirements or institutional policies, including anyone who fails to report violations or retaliates against any individual for reporting, in good faith, a possible violation.
Questions Regarding the Code
This Code is designed to remind you of the general legal requirements and institutional policies that you must adhere to as an employee of Western Connecticut Health Network. It is not a substitute for existing and future policies of the Health Network. If you have any questions regarding the Code, you may direct them to your supervisor or to the Chief Compliance Officer.