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Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Leadership

Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This panel has been approved for 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face credits.

Ethical challenges arise in all aspects of healthcare and service, from the bedside to the boardroom. Hospital leaders and boards set the ethical compass of the organization by making decisions about priorities, policies and resource allocation as they determine the best ways to meet the needs of their communities, while respecting their staff and the populations they serve. Understanding the expanding paradigm of planning, creating, and maintaining an ethical healthcare organization is crucial to help identify strategies for implementing ethics initiatives within your own organization and how an organization has addressed ethical challenges. Healthcare leaders must “walk the talk” and demonstrate their commitment to ethics throughout their organization.


Mary Homan, DrPH, MA, MSHCE
Regional Director of Ethics
Providence St Joseph Health

Di Ann Sanchez, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM – SCP
DAS HR Consulting LLC

Jennifer Schroeder, JD
VP Assistant General Counsel
Texas Health Resources

Sandra Sneed, MBA, FACHE (Moderator)
VP Professional & Support Services Officer
Texas Health Arlington Memorial


Speaker Bios:


Mary E. Homan, DrPH, MA, MSHCE is the regional director of ethics for Providence St Joseph Health serving the Providence and Swedish ministries in the Puget Sound and Western Washington region. Homan was recently appointed to a three-year term as an ethicist for the Washington State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Homan maintains an adjunct assistant professor position in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Institute for Health & Equity, at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). She is currently the principal investigator on HRSA R40 MCH award (1-year, $100,000) “Exploratory Analysis of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System to Identify Modifiable Factors Related to Adverse Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes.”

Previously, as full-time MCW faculty, Homan was co-investigator on the $5mil REDIRECT project funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment. She was also co-investigator on the Childhood After Heart-Lung Failure: The Risk Environment and Impact of Mechanical Circulatory Support on Functional Outcomes funded by the Herma Heart Institute and the Children’s Research Institute. She was appointed co-chair of the ethics advisory committee and provided clinical ethics consultation for Children’s Wisconsin as well as facilitated bi-monthly Schwartz Rounds®.

Dr. Homan has held an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center teaching the required course ethical issues in public health since 2015.

Dr. Homan co-founded and is the immediate past president of the Bioethics Network of the Upper Midwest (BENUM). She serves on the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s fetal and infant mortality review and previously served as a reviewer and advisor for the Central Oklahoma Fetal Infant Mortality Review. Mary previously held the role of chair for the maternal and child health section for the Oklahoma Public Health Association and was a gubernatorial appointment to the Oklahoma Health Research Committee, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology.

Previously Dr. Homan held health care ethics leadership roles at Mercy (Oklahoma) and SCL Health (Kansas).

Dr. Homan earned degrees at Saint Louis University (BA, theological studies, 2004), Aquinas Institute of Theology (MA, systematic theology, 2006), Creighton University (MS, health care ethics, 2013) and the University of Oklahoma (DrPH, health administration and policy, 2017). Her dissertation research on ethics consultation and adverse patient outcomes won the 2017 Mercy Innovation Award in Service Excellence.


Di Ann Sanchez, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM – SCP, is the Founder/President of DAS HR Consulting LLC, a WMBE/HUB-certified firm focused on creative and non-traditional Human Resources programs and services. Dr. Sanchez has over 35 years of experience, is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR & SHRM – SCP), and has held executive positions with both private and public companies, including:

          • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
          • United Natural Foods, Inc.
          • Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
          • American Airlines
          • Delta Technology
          • Burlington Northern Santa Fe


Jennifer Schroeder is Vice President of Legal Services with Texas Health Resources. She is a board certified health care attorney and focuses primarily on health care operational and regulatory issues and transactions. She manages the team of attorneys that supports health care and business operations across the enterprise. She has practiced law for 26 years.




Sandra Sneed is an accomplished senior leader with a successful track record in hospital operations, strategic business initiatives, physician and employee engagement and service lines.

She has extensive experience in operational leadership and financial management for: Facilities, Environmental services, Food and Nutrition Services, Biomedical Engineering, Emergency Management and Public Safety.

She has led hospital service lines and clinical departments; Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Oncology, Surgical Services, Rehabilitation Services, Emergency Services, Pharmacy, Radiology, Pathology/Laboratory and Ambulatory services.

Sandra develops high performing teams and drives execution via her collaborative, engaging and people-centered leadership style.




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Thursday, December 2, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


ACHE of North Texas
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