Mission

Ethical Supports/Resources

Mission leaders are responsible for ethics within their organizations and for safeguarding Catholic identity in our ministry. The profound changes in health care, new business models, population health and delivery are transforming the face of health care in the U.S. and the Catholic health ministry. This page provides a place to start for mission leaders who are unfamiliar with the landscape of Catholic ethics.

If you have any ethical questions or are in need of a consult, contact either Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP, S.T.D., senior director, theology and ethics, by email or phone at (314) 427-2500 or Nathanial Hibner, director, ethics and mission services, by email or phone at (314) 427-2500.

Periodicals 

The following resources will help you keep up to date with issues in healthcare ethics:

End-of-Life Ethics Guides

End-of-Life Ethics Guides

These ethics publications, available in English and Spanish, are designed to help patients, families and caregivers think about end-of-life decisions and prepare an advance health care directive. CHA has developed these in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care. Although a reflection of the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information is helpful to persons from any religious tradition.

Advance Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes
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Teachings of the Catholic Church: Caring for People at the End of Life
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Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative and Hospice Care:
Caring Even When We Cannot Cure

This new palliative care guide from CHA assists patients, families, physicians, nurses and caregivers with decisions about serious illness and end-of-life care. CHA developed the guide in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care and with the Supportive Care Coalition, a national coalition of Catholic health ministries that advances excellence in palliative care. Although the guide reflects the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information can be helpful to people from any religious tradition. 

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Ethics Lab and Case Study

The Ethics Lab CD-ROM contains several challenging cases and commentary from ministry ethicists. It is intended to stimulate discourse among leadership teams, boards of trustees, ethics committees, physicians and other clinical staff in Catholic health care organizations.