Compassionate Care in a Catholic Setting

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A MINISTRY OF THE SISTERS OF CHARITY (HALIFAX)

What is the Mission of the Ethics Committee?

The Mission of the Ethics Committee is to:

Underlying Principles for Our Ethics Policies:

The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services is a document put forth by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops to provide strength and grounding as health care decisions are being made.

The directives deal with care of the sick, the importance of advance directives, consistent moral teaching, informed consent, including information about benefits, risks, side effects, consequences and cost of treatment alternatives, and the benefit/burden principle (ordinary/ extraordinary means.)

They also focus specifically on those situations which might arise in providing care for the dying. Catholic health care institutions strive to be communities of love and support, where residents are kept as free of pain as possible through alleviating medicine, at the same time avoiding the use of futile or burdensome technology that offers no reasonable benefit to the resident. The benefits of Palliative Care cannot be over-stated.

Who Belongs to the Ethics Committee?

In order to ensure a multi-disciplinary perspective, the Ethics Committee members include physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, administrators, social workers, chaplains and family members.

How to Request a Consult:

If a situation arises requiring the confidential involvement of the Ethics Committee, (e.g. end-of-life care, foregoing life-sustaining treatment) any of the following may be contacted:

Lori Ferrante, Administrator
Elizabeth Seton Residence

Linda Colozzi, Chaplain
Elizabeth Seton Residence

Sister Judith Breen, Administrator
Marillac Residence

Sister Ann Regan, Chaplain
Marillac Residence

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