A culture of doing what's right
When there are no easy answers or solutions, we help you make the right choice.
Ethics in patient careBecause you have your own views, values and religious beliefs, you may have questions or concerns about the ethical implications of recommendations for your treatment and care. You may need more information about your options for diagnosing and treating your illness. You or your family members may even disagree with those recommendations. Geisinger's Ethics Advice and Consultation Service is staffed by experts who are trained to help you and your family understand your choices and resolve concerns or conflicts about your care.
Ethics in improving health care
We strive to engage patients in research, discovery and innovation, and always with integrity, honesty and transparency.
Ethics Advice and Consultation Service
The Geisinger Ethics Advice and Consultation Service is available to step in if you, your family or your healthcare team has an ethical concern about your care. Our experts are trained in both clinical ethics and conflict mediation. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide informal, confidential advice or to conduct more formal interventions such as meetings with family members and healthcare providers.
The goal of an ethics consultation is to discuss and explain:
- Diagnosis and prognosis
- Goals, outcomes and treatment options
- The patient's and family's health-related values and preferences
- Support options available to family members
- Who should be the decision-maker if the patient is incapable of making his or her own decisions
The Geisinger Ethics Advice and Consultation Service is available at the following locations:
- Bloomsburg (GBH) 570-988-5033
- Danville (GMC) 570-988-5033
- Lewistown (GLH) 570-988-5033
- Scranton (GCMC) 570-973-0805
- Wilkes-Barre (GWV) 570-973-0805
Hospital ethics committees
Each Geisinger hospital has its own ethics committee, which is made up of physicians, nurses, clinical social workers, respiratory therapists, chaplains and community representatives. Each group meets monthly to assess progress in improving the ethics quality of patient care and to identify new needs. Our committee members also serve as on-site bioethics resources for hospital staff, patients and families.
To learn more about Geisinger's hospital ethics committees, call 570-214-7340.
Integrating Bioethics @ Geisinger
In 2012, we launched Integrating Bioethics @ Geisinger, a comprehensive approach to meeting the ethical challenges inherent in caring for patients, educating future generations of clinicians, and improving healthcare through research, discovery and innovation.
The goals of this initiative include:
- Developing sound, evidence-based policies for ethical matters
- Educating professionals, researchers, patients and the general public regarding ethical issues in healthcare
- Improving ethics quality in patient care and research
- Providing clinical ethics advice and consultations to patients, families and their healthcare teams