Goals of the Clinical Ethics Center
The Clinical Ethics Center seeks to help resolve difficulties that arise primarily through:
The Center provides speakers to Community organizations in regards to advance directives and bioethical issues. Activities include semi-yearly conferences provided by the Gold Club of Memorial Medical Center on advance directives.
The Center develops and supports educational programs in clinical medical ethics for house staff, medical staff, nursing staff, and other health care providers. Activities include case conferences, unit rounds, and continuing educational programs. The Center hosts yearly an educational conference for healthcare professionals. Titles of past Conferences have been Medicine and Death: Euthanasia in the Netherlands and the United States; Understanding Ethics Consultation: A Crash Course; Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making; Changes in DNR Policy: Recent Developments in Illinois Law; and Managed Care: Forecasting the Future.
Ethics Consultation Services
The Center provides primary staffing to the Ethics Consultation Service and initiates a liaison function to selected units. Ethics consultations are responded to promptly. Over the past few years the consultation service has grown substantially, culminating in an average of over 500 case consultations per year at Memorial Medical Center.
The Center supports the Policy development/review activities of the Human Values and Ethics Committee. The Center assists the Human Values and Ethics Committee with developing and reviewing policies and procedures that reflect a concern for ethics in healthcare.
Research in Bioethics
The Center's research will focus on basic ethical problems in clinical practice and health care delivery. The Center provides regular research updates and literature reviews relevant to the Human Values and Ethics Committee.