HOSPITALS LIKE UCLA'S that develop and provide cutting-edge medicine need a mechanism to balance complicated medical and ethical issues.
“Academic medical centers often confront complex life-and-death questions. We must help patients and their families through the process of negotiating difficult ethical decisions,” says Neil Wenger, M.D., director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center.
The Ethics Center was created to address these increasingly complex issues that arise out of the confluence of medical advancements, the explosion of information availability and economic pressures.
“In a context of medical advancement, economic constraints and patient need, this center provides resources to explore and develop potential solutions to some of the problems facing our society today,” says Katherine Brown-Saltzman, R.N., co-director of the center. “We aim to have a positive impact on patients here at UCLA and elsewhere.”
The center, which is supported by Ucla health system and members of the UCLA community, is committed to:
For more information about the UCLA Health System Ethics Center, go to: www.uclahealth.org/ethics