CLINICAL ETHICS CENTER at Memorial Medical Center


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In support and promotion of the highest standards of ethics in medicine, the Clinical Ethics Center provides ethics consultation, education, policy development and review, research in bioethics and community outreach for Memorial Health System and SIU, School of Medicine.


Ethics Consultation: The Ethics Consultation Service was reorganized in 1995 with the opening of the Clinical Ethics Center. The Center provides primary staffing to the Ethics Consultation Service and initiates a liaison function to selected units. Consultations are conducted by trained clinical bioethicists who provide a prompt response to requests for assistance in dealing with ethical problems or questions arising in the care of patients. The purpose of an ethics consultation is to improve processes and outcomes of patient care and service.


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Education: 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 educational conferences for healthcare professionals, patients, family members and the community. 

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Policy Development and Review: The Center in coordination with the Human Values and Ethics Committee has responsibility for developing and reviewing policies and procedures that reflect a concern for ethics in healthcare.

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Research in Bioethics: The Center is committed to improving the care of patients through identification, analysis and systematic study of ethical uncertainties arising in the clinical setting and delivery structures of health care, as well as in emerging new technologies and scientific advances in medicine. The Center provides regular research updates and literature reviews relevant to the Human Values and Ethics Committee.

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Community Outreach: The Center provides knowledgeable speakers to address community organizations, religious congregations or professional associations in regards to advance directives and bioethical issues which may include but is not limited to health disparities, organ donation and impact of culture and diversity of values on decision-making.

Questions or comments - email us at Clinical Ethics Center
Last Updated May 25, 2012
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