The Ethics Committee is a resource for patients and families seeking advice and support in unusual, complex or emergency care situations when decisions become difficult due to differing personal values.
The free service is available to all patients, family members, friends and health care providers who find themselves with concerns or in conflict around values related to:
The consultation team facilitator reviews the consult request and schedules an ethics consultation if there is an ethical dilemma. The ethics committee meets with the patient, family and health care providers to understand all aspects of the ethical concern.
Once all information is gathered, the committee meets again to discuss the details and provide guidance about any identified ethical concerns to all involved parties. A summary is included in the patient's medical chart.
Referrals can be requested directly through EvergreenHealth's Spiritual Care office or by asking your health care provider to initiate an ethics consult on your behalf.
Monday-Friday, during regular business hours
After hours: contact the hospital operator
From inside the hospital - Dial 0
From outside the hospital - 425.889.1000