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Trustees' Responsibility for the Quality of Medical Care

Harry R. Stephenson Jr.
JAMA. 1960;174(3):287-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.63030030001013.
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THE SUBJECT of "Trustees' Responsibility for the Quality of Medical Care" is one which, during my six-year tenure on the Board of Trustees of Greenville General Hospital, gave me great concern. It gave me concern, because I did not understand the problem in general and in particular, what the trustee should do to insure this great responsibility.

There was plenty else to do as a trustee to keep my mind off of this problem, or perhaps to procrastinate it. We have an excellent professional staff in Greenville, and, frankly, no chickens ever came to roost to bring us face to face with the problem. We assumed that the problem was taking care of itself, and, as far as I know, it did.

However, in the last year of my term as trustee, I represented our board, in an advisory capacity, on a committee from the staff which was to


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