Volume 18, Issue 1, Spring 2018
Ethics Services in Catholic Health Care
Nicholas J. Kockler, Kevin M. Dirksen
Integrating Ethics Services in a Catholic Health System in Oregon
At Providence St. Joseph Health in Oregon, many factors contribute to the integration and success of the ethics services. There are three principal lenses through which one can understand the distinct way in which the ethics services are operationalized and integrated: the theological foundations of ethics as a service, the institutional ecology, and the professionalization of the field of health care ethics. The authors review key realities that have shaped their work through these three lenses and then describe the activities of the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics regarding its strategic objectives and clinical and administrative integration.