Ethics Consultation

Providence Center for Health Care Ethics provides ethics consultation in the following areas:

Clinical: We strive to demonstrate through quantifiable evidence that ethics consults can enhance patient safety and quality of care, reduce the risk of medical error, create efficiencies and contribute to an environment of ethical leadership.

With two full-time ethicists on staff, Providence Center for Health Care Ethics offers clinical ethics consultation for caregivers, patients, and families throughout the Oregon Region.

To ensure quality and consistency in care, we developed a model for clinical ethical decision-making. It includes four areas of concern: A typical consult may involve: Identifying appropriate surrogates, clarifying patient wishes, addressing concerns related to protecting a patient or third party, reviewing issues related to professionalism, and respecting cultural and religious diversity.

Clinical Integrity
Honesty in the delivery of health care
Dependability to benefit patients
Fairness to patient in the context of their lives
Accountability to other obligations

An ethics consult can be obtained urgently by paging the center staff or routinely through EPIC. Patients or families who desire an ethics consult are encouraged to notify a member of their care team or to contact the Center directly at 503-216-1913.

Organizational: Providence Center for Health Care Ethics has developed a decision-making matrix for the ethical discernment of business and organizational practices. This matrix seeks to assure integrity in these decisions by exploring honesty in the pursuit of our Mission, reliability in our commitment of the common good, fairness in the impact on stakeholders and partners, and accountability for our justice concerns and our historical and Roman Catholic tradition. Ethical discernments are facilitated by hospital Mission directors or Ethics Center staff.


Disaster planning: Providence Center for Health Care Ethics, in cooperation with the Oregon Medical Advisory Group, has developed a decision-making matrix for use in a pandemic or other high-casualty event. This matrix explores accountability for the key values of social solidarity, adherence to professional standards and justice, along with each values characteristics and related ethical issues.

Also known as: Clinical ethics consultation, Organizational ethics consultation, Disaster planning, Ethics consultation