(From the March 2016 Issue of MedStat)
The Ethics Committee (EC) of Nationwide Children’s Hospital serves as a resource to all parts of the Nationwide Children’s system in the areas of education, consultation and policy involving ethical issues. The overarching goal of the EC is to promote ethical decision-making throughout the organization. The EC strives to use an analytical and balanced approach to ethical issues confronting patients, families and staff throughout the system. In general the committee uses the principles of biomedical ethics outlined by Beauchamp and Childress as an initial analytic tool (autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice), but recognizes the value of other approaches to understanding ethics, and includes those as appropriate. As a unit, the EC’s function is similar to that of a consultant — empowered to reach decisions and make recommendations. Committee members represent an assortment of perspectives and disciplines — nursing, social work, respiratory therapy, hospital administration, clergy, psychology and medical staff.
The EC will consider consultations requests regarding any patient or family receiving services from Nationwide Children’s. The EC will also provide advice to community pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Consultation may be requested by patients, parents or legal guardians, Nationwide Children’s staff, or legitimately interested third parties. Recent consult requests have come from the Neonatal ICU, the Pediatric ICU, Adolescent Medicine, Endocrinology, and the Ohio Fetal Medicine Collaborative, to name a few.
To contact the EC please send an e-mail or page one of the co-chairs Pedro Weisleder, Pedro.Weisleder@NationwideChildrens.org, (614) 690-2124, or Linda Stoverock, Linda.Stoverock@NationwideChildrens.org. You may also contact Ms. Rosetta Gordon Rosetta.Gordon@NationwideChildrens.org or call her at (614) 722-5962. For more information, visit the EC webpage on ANCHOR at http://anchor.columbuschildrens.net/ethics-committee.