The Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics (“MCHCE”) is a nonprofit supporting organization of its Sponsors, Fairview Health Services, HealthEast Care System and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province.
We support our Sponsors on all levels – as embedded ethicists responsive to their ethics requests – from the bedside to the boardroom, in relation to their organizational partnerships, and through their ethics collaboration in MCHCE. We leverage our combined expertise in bioethics, research ethics, law, public health and health policy to tackle complex emerging issues in the delivery and financing of health care. Our work in the traditional ethics functions of education, consultation, and policy development is informed and enhanced by our unique vantage point – we know the needs and synergies of three diverse organizations facing similar challenges and opportunities. The frameworks and tools we develop for one Sponsor are often shared and tailored to benefit the other Sponsors. MCHCE is known for its role in facilitating collaborative solutions to complex organizational, as well as community-wide, ethical issues.
We promote ethically-informed health care decision-making from the bedside to the boardroom, from patient care to public policy. Our mission is to:
- Assist patients, families, health care professionals, students, educators, administrators, and policy makers in ethically-informed decision-making
- Generate and communicate ethical concepts, principles and frameworks
- Explore the perspectives that diverse faith and cultural traditions bring to health care decision making
- Promote health care ethics education in clinical and academic settings
- Make scholarly contributions to the fields of health care ethics and policy.