Our vision

Providence Center for Health Care Ethics and its staff reveal God's love for all, with particular attentiveness for the poor and vulnerable, by promoting human dignity, the common good, and social justice in the diverse communities of Providence Health & Services through the center's services and programming.

Purpose Statement

The center aspires to help transform technical skill and expertise into professional practices in health care through ethics and the medical humanities. That is, the center strives to cultivate prudence, integrity and peace in care delivery, insurance provision, and other institutional activities and decision-making.

Relative to Providence's core strategy of Creating Healthier Communities, Together, the center embraces its role in inspiring and developing caregivers and core leaders in service to the Mission and Core Values of the organization. Following a 'theology of encounter,' the center seeks solidarity with all those who confront the full range of ethical issues in health care from the bedside to the boardroom as well as outside the bricks and mortar of health care. The center aspires to bear prophetic witness to call attention to those whose future is most at risk and to rally remedies to their vulnerabilities.

The center was established in 2000 on the campus of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, an acute care teaching hospital and houses an endowed chair in applied health care ethics. Providence Center for Health Care Ethics contributes to excellence in patient care by providing the highest-quality ethics education, consultation, research, and scholarship.

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, spirituality, and cultural traditions.

To learn more about who we are, meet our team; to learn more about how we got here, please read our stories.