Up Where We Belong: The Meaning of Volunteerism in a Time of Constant Change


Emily Friedman, Independent Writer, Lecturer, and Health Policy and Ethics Analyst, Chicago, Illinois
Rasa Rafie, Volunteer, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, San Diego
Arthur A. Sponseller, President/CEO, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Sacramento
Rosemary Wilson, Director of Volunteer Services, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, Los Angeles

With the entire health care system appearing to be in turmoil, and with everyone focused on financing, new laws and regulations, and sensational ethics cases, it is critical to remember why this system exists, and the ethical commitment and volunteerism that have always been at its heart – and have defined it. After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand that change is a constant in health care.
  • Better cope with the ups, downs, and shocks that occur in times of major shifts in the landscape.
  • Be more committed to the basic values that have always underlain the health care system.

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