Chambersburg Hospital Ethics Committee
The Chambersburg Hospital Ethics Committee consists of members of the medical staff, board of directors, senior leaders, pastoral services, nurses, and community representatives.
In the course of serious illness, questions may arise about treatment choices:
- Is this necessary?
- Will it help?
- What is the right thing to do?
- Can I decline treatment for myself or for my loved one?
Difficult questions such as these may cause more stress and confusion. Chambersburg Hospital offers help for families who find themselves in this situation.
If you feel you may be facing an ethical question or dilemma, you are encouraged to request a free ethics consultation. A patient, family member, caregiver, surrogate, physician, or any other health care provider can make the request.
Once the request is made, doctors, nurses and others involved in the patient’s care, as well as members of the Ethics Committee will help answer those difficult questions.
An ethics consultation will begin with a personal interview from at least one member of the Ethics Committee.
Request an Ethics Consultation
You can request an ethics consultation by asking your case manager, nurse or nurse supervisor to send the request to the Ethics Committee.
Prepare for an Ethics Consultation
Before the ethics consultation, it would be helpful to consider how you would answer the following questions:
- Are the patient’s wishes known? If not, what do you think they would want?
- Does the patient have an Advanced Directive such as a living will or a power of attorney?
- What are the family’s and/or surrogate’s concerns?
The Ethics Committee will share options, opinions and patient-care suggestions. The final decision however, will be made by you, your family, and/or your surrogate (after discussion with your doctor).