Ethical issues in health care challenge health professionals every day.
As new technologies and treatments develop, new ethical questions emerge. Affinity Health System 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 Affinity Health System. 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
Affinity Health System 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.
Affinity Health System has six internal ethics committees, made up of a collaboration of physicians, other Affinity 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 Affinity Health System: Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, Network Health Plan and Affinity Medical Group.
Affinity health 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 Affinity Health System Institutional Review Board ensures the ethical treatment of people who participate in health care studies.
Under FDA regulations, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an appropriately constituted group that has been formally designated to review and monitor biomedical research involving human subjects. In accordance with FDA regulations, an IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove research. This group review serves an important role in the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects.
The purpose of IRB review is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs use a group process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.
Contact the Affinity Health System IRB:
1531 S. Madison St.
Appleton, WI 54915
222 W College Ave, 10th Floor
Appleton, WI 54911