Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is a resource for assisting in ethical decision making and is dedicated to assisting patients, families and physicians who are faced with difficult decisions, including life and death choices. The committee is not limited to these functions but is continually seeding innovative ways to accomplish its purpose while adhering to hospital policies and directives.

Ethics Committee Membership

The Committee is currently co-chaired by Margie Wenz, MD, and Elizabeth Morrow, LISW-S, and is comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, case management and social services who serve only as advisors to provide counseling and recommendations.

When Is It Appropriate To Request An Ethics Consult?

Situations appropriate for referral to the University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center Ethics Committee include, but are not exclusive to, the following circumstance when they involve medically related ethical issues:

  • Conflicts regarding the ethical propriety of using life support systems or the removal of patient from such systems
  • Conflicts arising from following wishes expressed in a patients advance directive for health care
  • Conflicts arising when a non-responsive or medically incompetent patient has not provided advance directives
  • Conflicts between a competent patient and /or family member and/or physicians and/or other hospital staff members
  • Conflicts arising out of apparent violation of patient rights to accept or refuse any medical or surgical treatment

When problems areas concerning any of the above or similar situations, it is important that before being referred to the Ethics Committee sufficient communications has been attempted between the concerned person and the patient and/or family and the physician and/or other staff member(s) involved.

To consult the Ethics Committee, please contact either Dr. Margie Wenz or Elizabeth Morrow through the UH Geauga Medical Center hospital operator at 440-285-6000.

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