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Ethics Support Services

About The Ethics Support Committee

The Ethics Support Committee (ESC) is a multidisciplinary group comprised of staff members from the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth (BID Plymouth). The committee convenes regularly to review clinical cases or other ethical questions that have been brought forth within BID Plymouth, as well as to develop educational initiatives for hospital staff and the greater Plymouth community.

The consulting service provided by the ESC is an advisory support service designed to assist patients, families, and all health care professionals in identifying, analyzing and resolving ethical dilemmas as they arise. Using a traditional clinical approach, consults are conducted by a multidisciplinary team led by a trained physician-ethicist.

Common examples of appropriate consultations for the ESC team include:

  • Clarifying patient or family preferences of values
  • Assisting in evaluating a patient's competence
  • Assisting in decisions about foregoing life-sustaining treatment
  • Assisting with identification of morally appropriate treatment options

For more information about our services, visit our Ethics Consultations FAQ page.

To request a consultation, please call the ESC by calling 508-210-5912 or emailing the committee.

For patient complaints or billing questions, please contact the Patient Advocate by calling 508-830-2521 and/or Financial Services by calling 508-830-2046.

For more information about our services, visit our Ethics Consultations FAQs page.