Stewardship: A Way of Life

April 2014

Stewardship is one of our core values here at SCL Health, and it’s also my top priority as the CEO. We define it as being accountable for the resources entrusted to us and it is central to our vitality as a healing ministry.

We not only wish to sustain and survive, but thrive so we can continue to improve the health of the communities we serve, with a special emphasis on those who are poor and vulnerable.

We sum up our commitment to stewardship as: Thriving through Excellence and Affordability. Like with the word “thrive,” each of these words has special meaning.

  • “Excellence” means we must provide top clinical quality, safety, and the best care experience for those we serve.
  • “Affordability” means our services must provide value and must not be economically taxing to anyone who seeks our care.

Good stewardship is more important than ever in the current healthcare economy. SCL Health , as well as other healthcare organizations, must continue to grow and achieve high productivity and efficiency.

However, we must never lose sight of our aim to provide high-quality care to our patients and their families. Their presence guides our every action and decision. In this way, stewardship becomes more than just a value or initiative for SCL Health, it makes us stewards of those we care for as well.

Stewardship must become a way of life for us if we are to thrive and meet the needs of the communities we serve. It is a journey and a culture shift.

While the path forward will be challenging, if health organizations work together and keep our minds open, we can reshape how and where we deliver care and provide excellence and affordability to those we serve.

Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE
President and Chief Executive Officer
SCL Health