Bayley Ethics

What is the purpose of the Bayley Ethics Committee?

  • To ensure that the care provided to residents is expressive of Bayley’s Mission and Core Values
  • Is consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
  • Embodies the ethics codes of the clinicians rendering care

What are functions of the Committee?

  • Policy Formation
  • Education
  • Case Consultation

Who serves on the Bayley Ethics Committee?

  • Physician
  • Nurses
  • Administrators
  • Pastoral Care Director
  • Resident
  • Legal Counsel as Needed
  • Social Workers
  • Dietitian
  • Priest
  • Wellness Center Staff
  • Other Professionals as Needed

What are typical issues addressed by the Committee?

  • Decisions on initiating, withholding, and withdrawing treatment
  • Benefits or lack of benefits of proposed treatment
  • Differences of opinion on treatment options
  • Ensuring that ethical reasoning is involved in decisions to continue, withhold and/or withdraw treatment
  • Advance Directives (Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney)

What happens during an Ethics Committee consultation?

A consultation team from the Ethics Committee will gather data from the medical record and meet with appropriate staff, resident and family members to facilitate discussion of the ethical dilemma. The team will make a recommendation to the health care team and/or present the case to the entire Ethics Committee. A written report will become part of the resident’s record.

How can I make a referral for a consultation?

Call the Administrative Office at 513-347-5508 and ask for a representative of the Bayley Ethics Committee to contact you. You may also request information via

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