Established in 1995, the Center for Healthcare Ethics serves as the hub for various clinical, educational, and research-related activities directed towards recognizing and addressing issues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The center's orientation of all its programming is to address ethical issues as they are actually presented and encountered within clinical research contexts.
Ethical Leadership in Healthcare
The mission of the Center for Healthcare Ethics is to provide leadership at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center regarding the ethical dimensions of healthcare and healthcare delivery, as well as to serve as a readily identifiable and accessible institutional focal point for addressing ethical issues at all levels of practice.
Of primary importance is direct clinical and institutional services, in light of which the Center engages in four principal activities:
- Ethics consultation
- Education for faculty and staff, students, and others within the Cedars-Sinai community
- Participation on institutional committees, task force, etc.
- Policy formation or revision
Of secondary importance, the Center for Healthcare Ethics also engages in scholarly exploration of the ethical values and moral dynamics characterizing and influencing healthcare and healthcare research.
Your Healthcare Decisions
You have the right to plan and direct the types of healthcare you wish to receive in the future by making an advance directive. An advance directive gives you a voice in decisions about your medical care when you are unconscious or too ill to communicate.