Our EthicsWe are guided in our values and ethics by The Denver Hospice Ethics Committee which is comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, certified nursing assistants, a registered dietician, community members, attorneys, patient representatives and others who are trained in biomedical and organizational ethics.
What is the purpose of the Ethics Committee?
The Denver Hospice’s Ethics Committee is there to listen and to help by identifying and discussing issues relating to patient care and end-of-life decisions. The committee facilitates resolution of specific concerns with patients, families and loved ones through ethics consultations and provides education on treatment options.
Is there a fee?
There is no charge for consultation services which is a service to our patients and their families our community.
Who can request a consultation?
Anyone involved in a patient’s care can request a consult. This includes the patient, family members and other loved ones, physicians, other healthcare providers, and spiritual care providers.
How do you request an Ethics consultation?
Ask any member of your hospice care team or call The Denver Hospice at
What happens next?
An on-call Ethics Committee member will contact you to gather information about the situation. If a consultation is appropriate, a small group of Ethics Committee members convenes within 24 to 48 hours of your request.
Interested parties meet to discuss the issues, facts and options. The Ethics Committee communicates its recommendations to the appropriate persons including the patient, family, physician and interdisciplinary team, respecting confidentiality at all times.