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Ethics Services at Providence Health Care

Since the Founding Sisters established the first facilities in the 1890’s that would later become Providence Health Care (PHC), ethical reflection has been a cornerstone of who we are and what we do. While, grounded in the moral teaching and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, Providence Health Care’s commitment to ethical care is fundamental and universal. Our facilities provide leading edge medical care within the context of a deep commitment to compassion and social justice. We accomplish this by paying careful attention to how we interact with one another and the people that we serve. We do this not only in the care we provide today, but ethically grounded research, innovation, and teaching will continue to ensure the future wellness of the citizens of BC.

Ethics is the philosophical discipline that examines ideas about right and wrong. It is also the discipline that examines who we ought to be, how we should behave, and how we make decisions in light of who we say we are.  At Providence Health Care, we believe that ethics touches everyone and everything. Accordingly, Ethics Services at PHC seeks to bring the best of our wisdom and lived experience to our work by placing ethical reflection and discussion at the centre of all our activities.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values are at the centre of who we are and how we act, whether the issue at hand is how best to respond to a medical emergency; make difficult treatment decisions in clinical or residential care; manage disagreements between care providers, patients, residents, or families; allocate scarce resources fairly; support innovative research and teaching; or support the individuals, teams, programs and the organization as a whole in living with integrity.

We at Ethics Services are committed to:

- Identifying ethical issues

- Demonstrating how to deal with ethical conflict

- Establishing procedures and policies that reflect our ethical commitments

- Establishing an organizational climate that allows ethical concerns to be raised and fairly considered.

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