SJU Arrupe Center Hosts Discussion Panel with President of Independence Blue Cross

Friday, September 27, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 25, 2013) – The Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics at Saint Joseph’s University will host “Transforming Health Care Through Innovation,” its first Business Leaders Series discussion, on October 2, 2013 in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the discussion will follow at 7 p.m. This event is hosted in conjunction with Net Impact, a nonprofit that seeks to empower professionals to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.

Independence Blue Cross (IBC) President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty ’78 will discuss how innovation plays an important role in health care’s challenge to provide high quality care at a low cost. This event is sponsored by the Richard D. Donchian Foundation, which was founded to help others find their potential and achieve high levels of personal and professional success.

“This event is timely, because access to quality health care is one of the most pressing ethical issues of the moment,” says John McCall, Ph.D., director of the Arrupe Center and professor of business ethics.

Hilferty, who graduated from SJU in 1978, now serves as the Vice Chair of the SJU Board of Trustees. He has more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communications and education. As the president and chief executive officer of IBC, the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania, he administers providing healthcare to more than seven million people in over 23 states throughout the U.S.A.

Founded in 2005, the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics serves as an intellectual resource for students. The purpose of the Center is to ensure that business students receive the proper resources to engage in critical reflection on ethical issues and are prepared to use that knowledge towards their chosen profession.

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