Our approach to ethics in healthcare is grounded in the Catholic moral tradition.
The purpose of the Ethics Department is to promote values-based decision making in both the clinical and corporate environments that is consistent with the mission of Bon Secours Health System. In the clinical setting, the Ethics Department oversees the Bon Secours Richmond Clinical Ethics Committee. Through this committee, the Ethics Department provides healthcare ethics education, staffs clinical ethics consultation service and participates in clinical policy development.
In the corporate setting, the Ethics Department serves as a supportive resource for other departments in the system through participating in special projects and teams, facilitating values-based decision making, providing targeted ethics education to various departments and professions, leading the mission review process for strategic decision making, and by analyzing the ethical ramifications of current trends in healthcare.
Clinical Ethics Committee: A volunteer and multi-disciplinary system wide committee comprised of clinicians within Bon Secours Richmond Health System that is charged with overseeing the clinical ethics strategy within Bon Secours Richmond Health System. The Clinical Ethics Committee reports to the Quality Committee of the Bon Secours Richmond Joint Hospitals Board.
Clinical Ethics Consultation Service: An on-call service available 24/7 to assist patients, families, surrogates and clinical staff with addressing ethical issues that arises in the clinical setting.
Healthcare Ethics Education: Ethics Lecture Series
- Three lecture series featuring nationally known ethicists
- Timely and practical lectures on ethical issues in clinical medicine, nursing, and healthcare
- Lectures are free and open to all staff and community members
Clinical Ethics Case Conference: The purpose of this every other month case study presentation is to examine the ethical dimensions of cases that have arisen at Bon Secours Virginia.
Department Specific Ethics Debriefing: This a facilitated learning process designed to help staff examine specific cases, ongoing issues, special topics in healthcare ethics, or policy questions.
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American College of Physicians
- American College of Surgeons
- American Medical Association—Medical Ethics
- American Geriatrics Society
- American Nursing Association—Code of Ethics
- Ascension Health
- Catholic Health East
- Center for Practical Bioethics
- Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
- National Catholic Bioethics Center
- National Institutes of Health
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- United States Catholic Conference of Bishops