Ethical issues in health care challenge health professionals every day.
As new technologies and treatments develop, new ethical questions emerge. Ascension understands that it is our responsibility as a health care provider to uphold the highest ethical standards to the patients and community we serve.
To fulfill our mission to “live out the healing ministry of Christ by providing services that promote the health and well-being of the communities we serve, especially the poor,” ethics is a top priority at Ascension. We pay careful attention to patients’ rights and dignity, and we encourage health care professionals to act as patient advocates by participating in the search for fair and just health policies.
Our Catholic Heritage
Ascension adheres to Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (5th edition). For more information about specific directives, please visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Web site.
Ascension has six internal ethics committees, made up of a collaboration of physicians, other Ascension employees and community members. The Organization Ethics Committee oversees the ethics of all of Affinity Health System. The other five ethics committees serve specific parts of Ascension: Ascension Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Ascension Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, Network Health Plan and Affinity Medical Group.
Ascension care professionals may request an ethics consultation with one of the ethics committees whenever necessary. Common reasons for a consultation include: to explore the ethical issues of a special case, to apply values and religious directives to a situation and to offer advice to those responsible for a patient’s care.
Institutional Review Board
The Ascension Institutional Review Board ensures the ethical treatment of people who participate in health care studies.