Assistance for Adults and Pediatrics
Making decisions about your
health care often involves difficult moral and ethical
questions. Your personal beliefs, values, and goals may differ
from those of your health care providers or your family members.
If disagreement develops about care, a request can be made for
review or consultation with the Ethics Consultation Group.
The Ethics Consultation Group can be comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers,
administrators, legal counsel, chaplains, community members and
others who have been trained to deal with moral and ethical
issues. One function of the group is to support those who are
trying to make these difficult decisions. The group does not
make decisions; it serves in a consultation/advisory capacity,
or as a resource for exploring options available to those
An ethics case review may
be requested by anyone i.e., patient, family member, physician,
nurse, hospital personnel, etc. This review can be helpful in
bringing about resolution to many ethical questions, problems, or
The following process has
been established for requesting an ethics review:
1) Ethics Consult Request
Phone Line for LMHS: 239-343-5049.
2) Monday through Friday -
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact Spiritual Services to initiate your ethics consultation
request. Patients or family members may ask Nursing for
3) After Hours (Monday through
Friday - 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and weekends).
Contact the Nursing Administrative Supervisor. Patients or
family members may ask Nursing for assistance.