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Ethics Matters

At St. Joseph's General Hospital, we are committed to living our Mission, Vision and Values with the highest standards of ethical integrity.

Ethics Support is available during times of ethical uncertainty in order to ensure the best and most appropriate care is being delivered to each patient and resident in a manner which is respectful to all. An example of an ethical concern could be the treatment a patient wants at the end of life or their advance care plan

Our Clinical Ethics Brochure outlines the 9 Steps to Ethical Decision Making as identified in the organization's Framework for Ethical Decision Making and provides additional information and important contact details for ethical support. You can pick up a copy of our Clinical Ethics Brochure outside of the Pastoral Care & Ethics Support Office on the hospital's main level.

St. Joseph's General Hospital's clinical ethics are guided by the Health Ethics Guide (2012) published by the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada. For an introduction to the Health Ethics Guide, prepared by Dr. Nuala Kenny please click here: Open Overview

St. Joseph's Ethics Committee is a very active Board Committee with a multidisciplinary membership involving the whole hospital: Board, Senior Leadership, Physicians, Nurse Leaders and Social Work. The Committee meets regularly to review case studies related to current ethics issues and trends; education, and minimal risk research proposals (not clinical trials.) Annually, to support and promote ethical awareness, the committee hosts Ethics Week including a variety of educational events and activities.

For ethics consults, please contact your Physician, Clinical Nurse Leader or Program Manager or Pastoral Care directly:

  • Emergency Pager: Daily 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. (250) 703-7094
  • Pastoral Care & Ethics Coordinator: (250) 339-1474; or local 61474
  • Chaplain's Office (250) 339-1531 or local 61531

Advance Care Planning

Having a voice in decisions about your health care treatment is important. There may come a time when, due to illness or injury, you are incapable of expressing your treatment wishes to health care providers. By planning in advance, you can be sure that your family, friends and/or health care providers know your wishes and can ensure these wishes are followed. Please refer to My Voice - Advance Care Planning Guide and the Comox Valley Hospice Society's for helpful information.