Jefferson Introduces New Compliance Program
Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) has established a new compliance
program under the direction of the Office of University Counsel designed
to reduce the chance of illegal conduct and to detect any offenses in the
event a legal violation should occur.
Ensuring compliance is the responsibility of every employee of the University
and the Hospital, says Brent Saunders, JD, MBA, the University's Corporate
The University views the program as a logical extension of our mission to
provide excellence in health care, education and research. It also enables
Jefferson to address areas where violations of law, intentional or not,
TJU's compliance program makes provision for:
- A Code of Professional and Business Ethics
- High-level personnel to oversee compliance
- Communication of standards and procedures to all employees
- Training programs to reduce the prospect of wrongdoing
- Monitoring and auditing systems to ensure compliance
- Establishment of a Compliance Helpline to allow individuals to report
- Enforcement of standards through appropriate disciplinary mechanisms
Thomas Jefferson University's Board of Trustees will supervise compliance
program development and implementation, and guide development of high-level
policies. The Corporate Compliance Officer in the Office of University Counsel
will address day to-day program administration.
The establishment of the Corporate Compliance Program will minimize the
University's legal risks by ensuring that Jefferson's employees, agents
and contractors will not only be informed of all applicable laws, regulations,
policies and procedures, but will follow them. In addition, the program
enables efficient, effective communication with employees, agents and contractors.
If you have questions about the program, call Brent Saunders, JD, MBA, at
5-8585 or Lee McDaid, Corporate Compliance Coordinator, at 3-0797.
Compliance Helpline Is Confidential
Call the new Compliance Helpline at 1-888-5-COMPLY (1-888-526-6759) to confidentially
report suspected violations of any laws, regulations, policies or procedures.
The Compliance Administration Office will protect the anonymity of employees,
physicians and others who use the hotline.