Chilton Medical Center is committed to providing patients with comprehensive health care administered with dignity and respect. Our Bioethics Committee is an interdisciplinary group that draws from the hospital staff and the community. The purpose of the Bioethics Committee is to educate, advise, offer support and consultation, propose policy and serve as a resource for patients and families, physicians, hospital personnel and the community.
The Bioethics Committee can help a patient’s family understand the health status of the family member hospitalized, the patient’s chances of recovery and, most importantly, explore what they believe the patient would want. The committee is available to help you make difficult decisions regarding today’s health care issues. The Bioethics Committee does not make decisions for the family; it only offers recommendations.
The committee is available to assist families in the following areas:
- End of life concerns
- Addressing health care-related conflicts
- Adherence to advance directives (living wills)
- Decisions to forego or withdraw life-sustaining treatments
- Decisions to withhold resuscitative services (such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
- Use of artificially administered nutrition and fluids
- Management of pain
Anyone interested in contacting the Bioethics Committee should call Social Services at (973) 831-5177.