The Ethics Resource Team is a multidisciplinary council that fosters the culture of moral concern in accordance with the mission and values of St. Mary Medical Center. The purpose of the team is to provide resources to empower individuals in decision making processes with respect to clinical, business and moral dilemmas.
The Ethics Resource Team (ERT) exists to help patients, their families and members of the health care team with any ethical dilemmas that may arise during the course of patient treatment. By definition, an ethical dilemma involves the need to choose from among two or more morally acceptable courses of action; or the need to choose between equally unacceptable alternatives.
Comprised of ethicists, doctors, nurses, social workers, community representatives, and other caregivers, the ERT meets regularly to discuss current situations and to serve as a resource when difficult questions arise.
As a Catholic health system, the ERT adheres to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
An ethics consult can be arranged when members of the health care team, patient or family members are unsure about what steps to take in any given situation. Ask your physician, nurse, social worker or pastoral care representative to call the Vice President of Mission and Community Health (215-710-2116) or the Palliative Care Coordinator (215-710-4616).
It is important to note that the ethics consult is meant to be an advisory resource. The ERT will share opinions, options and suggestions with you. Ultimately, it is our patients, family members and health care providers who make their own decisions.