Providence Center for Health Care Ethics is a recognized and influential leader in advancing the role and value of ethics in health care. The Center for Health Care Ethics provides ethics consultations across the care continuum, education to all health disciplines and scholarship on key ethical issues.


The center was established in 2000 on the campus of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, an acute care teaching hospital in Portland, Ore. The center houses an endowed chair in applied health care ethics and three funded lectureships as part of its educational programming. The center is a regional resource serving all Oregon Providence ministries across the continuum of care.

The vision of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics is to contribute to excellence in patient care by providing the highest-quality ethics education, consultation, research and scholarship. For example, the center hosted the Sixth International Conference in Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC) in Portland in May 2010, bringing together more than 400 ethicists from 27 nations from around the globe. While seeking to distinguish itself as a theological center addressing ethics across the continuum of care, the center particularly focuses on ethical issues in the care of patients of diverse faith, spiritual and cultural traditions, and in palliative care.

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