The Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) is a standing medical committee of the hospitals. Its members represent the major medical departments; other clinical departments, such as nursing, social work, and allied health; as well as pastoral care, hospital administration, and the community. Members bring experience and expertise in their areas; some members have specific bioethics expertise. A representative from legal office and the chief medical officer are ex officio members.
Members are appointed by the Chief of Staff for three years terms, with the possibility of reappointment. Appointment of new members is staggered in order to maintain some experienced members on the Committee at all times.
Qualifications and Expectations
All members are expected to complete orientation as well as all self-education and continuing medical education as established by Committee guidelines. They are expected to participate in at least two of the Committee’s three areas of service and attend its meetings as their work schedules permit. Members who join the consult service must complete additional orientation per Committee guidelines. To apply for membership, or to learn more, visit the Apply to Join page.
Core Steering Committee
The general work of the committee and of the consultation and education services is managed through our core committee. This group is comprised of the chair of the ethics committee, the directors of clinical consultation and education, and 2-3 members at large from the HEC membership with varying terms of appointment. The core group meets each month to plan agendas for the monthly meetings, review budget requests, and assess the work done through each of our subcommittees, consultation, education, and policy.