Ethics Consultation - Cone Health - Greensboro, NC

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Ethics Consultation

EthicsAn ethics consultation may help whenever the health care team, the patient, or the patient’s family has an unresolved ethical concern.

A few examples:

  • When concerns come up about who is authorized to make health care decisions for the patient.
  • When the patient and/or loved ones are struggling with how to think about an important treatment that might conflict with their values and religious beliefs.
  • When the complexity of a medical situation causes ethical concerns.
  • When family members are having trouble making decisions about whether to start, continue, or end treatments, such as feeding tubes or breathing tubes.

The goal of the consultation is to assist patients, families and members of the health care team to achieve resolution of medical care/treatment conflicts. Members of the Ethics Committee will talk with the patient, health care providers, and family members to understand each person’s concerns and goals and help them communicate effectively. The Ethics Committee members do not make treatment decisions; instead, they provide advice and work to improve communication. The final decision regarding health care remains with the patients, families, and health care providers.

Consultation Team

Consultations are conducted by members of the Cone Health Ethics Committee.  This committee is comprised of Cone Health physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual care professionals, representatives from behavioral health and ancillary services, local university professors, an independent attorney and hospital administrators.

Issues and concerns identified in these consultations may be later used by the committee to review and develop hospital policies.

Requesting a Consultation

Anyone with an ethical concern about patient care may request assistance from the Hospital Ethics Committee.

You can call an Ethics Committee representative Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following numbers.

  • 336-832-7950 (Moses Cone, Wesley Long, Women's Hospital and Behavioral Health Hospital)

  • 336-538-8457 (Alamance Regional)

  • 336-951-4674 (Annie Penn)

For concerns after normal business hours, talk to a member of your patient's care team.