Click here REQUEST an ETHICS CONSULTATION (link accessible only from Loyola network)

Background:  The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations mandates that hospitals have a process for addressing ethical dilemmas in patient care. The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics maintains the Ethics Consultation Service to meet this need at Loyola University Medical Center.

Purpose of Ethics Consultation Service:

  • Identify ethically acceptable courses of action
  • Educate about ethical issues
  • Clarify legal and hospital policies
  • Facilitate the resolution of ethical issues

What Happens During an Ethics Consultation?

An ethics consultation consists of an ethics consultant reviewing the medical record, facilitating a conference among the main parties to the case, and recording a recommendation in the medical record.

LUHS health-care professionals may seek information from members of the ethics committee of faculty of the Neiswanger Institute at any time. However, an official consultation consists of the steps listed above. Unless an official consultation is requested, information provided is informal and for educational purposes. Private communications are not for use in the medical record.

Ethics consultants are also available to provide information regarding advance directives and advance care planning to patients, families and members of the Loyola University Medical Center community. Simply contact the consultation service to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be arranged to meet the needs of the patient and family and can be done on evenings and weekends.

Organization of the Consult Service:

The consult service is available between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  We promise a response within 24-hours.
We accept consult requests from patients and families, and doctors, nurses, social workers, other healthcare workers involved in the patient's care, as well as chaplains, legal affairs, and administrators.
At least one member of the following list will be conducting the consult:  Andrew Bonwit, MD, Mary Donnelley, JD, Theresa Kristopaitis, MD, Mark Kuczewski, PhD, Michael McCarthy, PhD, Kenneth Micetich, MD, Aaron Michelfelder, MD, Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, Katherine Wasson, PhD, MPH