What We Do
The Ethics and Human Values Committee is available to provide ethical
consultations. A consultation with the committee can be requested by a
patient, family members, a patient's friends or any health provider
directly involved with a patient's care.
The Ethics and Human Values Committee has monthly meetings which include:
- ongoing self-education on current ethical issues affecting health care
- development of educational activities for the communities served by St.
Joseph Medical Center
- review and discussion of cases
- review and development of policies regarding possible ethical concerns,
both clinical and organizational.
How We Serve
The committee serves those who need a forum with consultation, discussion,
support and assistance in facing choices or resolving ethical conflicts.
Questions such as "What is the right thing to do?" are very
real questions in these times of increasingly high-tech specialized medical
care. Dilemmas often arise when there are conflicts of values, obligations
and loyalties among patient, family, clinical staff, nursing home or health
The Ethics and Human Values Committee acts in its advisory capacity according
to the mission and values of St. Joseph Medical Center, the Ethical and
Religious Directives, and in maintaining Catholic identity for Catholic
If you wish to discuss any clinical and/or organizational questions or
issues with the Ethics and Human Values Committee, please tell your doctor,
nurse, chaplain, social worker or member of administration. Following a request, a representative of the committee will meet with
the individual requesting the consultation.
If a formal consultation with the committee is appropriate, either the
whole committee or part of it will be convened. The patient's family
and those health care providers involved in the care of the patient will
be invited. We believe through open and honest discussion at this meeting,
the ethical concerns involved in the care of the patient can be addressed
and satisfactorily resolved.
While the committee does not have decision-making authority, it can make
recommendations regarding the care of the patient.
Who We Are
The Ethics and Human Values Committee is comprised of at least
- two to four physicians
- at least two nurses
- non-clinical hospital staff member
- representative from long-term care facilities
- an administrator
- member of the board of directors or board of counselors
- two representatives from the community
- representative of our home health organization
The committee is advisory in nature. Guiding the deliberations will be
the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Facilities.
For more information on St. Joseph's Ethics Ethics and Human Values
Committee, call Administration at 816-943-2680.