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Ethics at HHS

HNHB Regional Ethics Network

HNHB Regional Ethics Network (HNHB REN), housed within the Hamilton Health Science’s Office of Clinical  & Organizational Ethics, was created in 2013. The founding members are:

HNHB REN’s mission is to enhance patient care by strengthening clinical and organizational ethics capacity across the HNHB LHIN Regional Partners.

This is achieved through the following strategic goals by:

  1. Standardizing approach for clinical ethics consultations across partner organizations
  2. Standardizing approach for organizational ethics consultations across partner organizations
  3. Developing communication plan about ethics programs for broader organizational audience
  4. Developing education strategy for ethics committee members
  5. Creating education strategy for the staff and physicians within partner organizations

Our Vision
is “Bringing ethics to life in healthcare!” and we strive to do so by reflecting on following values  of:

    - Collaboration/Partnership - to work cooperatively to build similar ethical cultures within individual
       partner organizations and across HNHB LHIN.

    - “Caring” – to nurture ethical and compassionate relationships in healthcare
    -  Creativity – to create novel and effective practices and resources in clinical and organizational 
       ethics in community settings

    -  Patient/family/ provider needs – to consider values of everyone involved in healthcare
    -  Learning – to cultivate climate of long-life learning and evidence-informed ethical practice
    -  Integrity – to  ensure consistency of our actions and values

Benefits of membership in the Regional Ethics Network include:

Networking and Resource-sharing:

  • Access to resources and support for both clinical and organizational ethics  across HNHB LHIN and in surrounding geographical areas
  • Access to Hamilton Health Sciences’ Office of Clinical & Organizational Ethics resources, tools and expertise; recognized as a leading practice by Accreditation Canada for integrating ethics bedside to boardroom
  • Support  of Regional Partners in meeting  Accreditation Canada standards related to ethics
  • Link with McMaster University, supporting ethics related research and innovation  
  • Identification of trends that affect access to services across healthcare sectors through linkages amongst Regional Partners

Ethics Capacity Building:

  • Support  for the development of local ethics capacity, including starting a new or revitalizing an existing ethics committee
  • Delivery of education for local ethics consultants
  • Provision of ethics education tailored to individual programs and services  for each Regional Partner
  • Assistance in developing or revising policies related to clinical and organizational ethics (for example, clinical ethics consultation policy or resource-allocation framework)
  • Access to HHS and McMaster University Ethics Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Access to the Regional Ethics Network Community of Practice, a forum for discussion of contemporary issues in ethics

Ethics Consultation:

  • Support for clinical and organizational ethics consultation by regional ethicist
  • Support for the development of a regional ethics consultation service
  • Cross-coverage by the Office of HHS Clinical & Organizational Ethics   

For information about membership in the Regional Ethics Network, please contact:

Andrea Frolic, Director, Office of Clinical & Organizational Ethics, Hamilton Health Sciences 

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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