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Overview | Responsibilities | 2015 Accomplishments | CG Ethics Champions

Current Work:

  • Champions discussed the joint meeting with the Community Ethics Committee regarding their presentation “Access to Medical Care for Undocumented and Uninsured Immigrants.  One of the distinctions that was striking to Champions was vulnerable vs. marginalized patient populations. We are aware of vulnerable patients and respond to their needs. Marginalized patients are less visible. We are morally called to see these patients and provide the care they need.

  • The EICPC annual book discussion was held on Wednesday, December 4th from 1 – 3pm in. Champions discussed the book In Shock: My Journey From Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Dr. Rana Awdish. In the book Awdish tells the story of her near-fatal medical disaster suffered in her 7th month of pregnancy. Awdish had formerly been an ICU doctor and now she found herself on the opposite side; experiencing life as a patient in an ICU unit and her recovery and work to improve the culture of care and education of caregivers.

Acomplishments 2019

  • Champions, Hilary Gorgol, RN, and Susan Warchal, RN, with guest speaker Allison Parmar, JD, MBE, MGH Senior Administrative Manager of Emergency Preparedness, facilitated a book discussion on Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. Champion Dana Gennett, SW, led the December book discussion on In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Dr. Rana Awdish.
  • Champions participated in a joint meeting with the MGH Collaborative Governance Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and other MGH ethics committee members to hear Carol Powers, J.D., Chair of the Harvard Medical School Community Ethics Committee (CEC) present on their report, “Access to Medical Care for Undocumented and Uninsured Immigrants.”
  • There were nine champion-led case studies and champion/guest presentations. Topics included “Detained: Competency and its Role in Discharging Against Medical Advice presented by committee champion Samantha Tucker, RN and “Quality of Life Considerations in the Post Lung Transplant Patient” presented by committee champion Erin Merritt, RN.

Goals 2020

  • Serve as a resource to the MGH community regarding the advance care planning (ACP) process through education, consultation, and programmatic activities.

  • Maintain the EICPC Excellence Every Day (EED) portal page to ensure that this resource supports the educational needs of committee champions, MGH staff and the public with the support of a committee

  • Educate clinical staff concerning current ethical issues that impact practice and resources available to address ethically challenging situations utilizing an evidence-based framework.

  • Create opportunities for professional growth, development and participation for committee champions through participation in case presentations, book club presentations, and publishing articles in Caring Headlines.


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1st Wednesday monthly
1pm - 3pm
Conference Room

Committee Contacts:

Jessica Kaloustian, SLP
Speech-Language Pathology

Christine Marmen,
RN, Staff Nurse Oncology Lunder 9

Gail Alexander, RN Blum Patient and Family Learning Center

Brian Cyr, RN, General Medicine, White 11

Jenny Crampe, Administrative Assistant

CG Ethics Champions

The Patient Care Services Ethics in Clinical Practice (EICP) Committee is a multidisciplinary committee, which was formed to develop and implement activities and programs to further clinicians’ understanding of ethical aspects of patient care. The work of this committee involves identifying strategies to integrate ethical judgment into professional practice and consultation at unit and organizational levels related to ethical issues in patient care. return to top


Design and implement activities and programs to support the development of staff in Patient Care Services in the area of health care ethics.

Promote culturally competent care and staff education.

Employ strategies to educate EICP champions the area of health care ethics.

Student outreach.

Identify and address ethical issues and conflicts faced by clinicians in Patient Care Services.

Provide consultation to the organization regarding policies, procedures and programs with ethical implications.

Expand the impact of EICP through collaboration with other Collaborative Governance Committees, links with the organizational initiatives, and professional conference participation.

Engage in joint projects with other Collaborative Governance committees.

Align the work of the committee with PCS strategic goals. return to top


All Patient Care Services professional staff are eligible to apply during the annual application process.

Annually, committee leaders recommend applicants to the Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse based upon the committee’s needs.

Applications are occasionally accepted from professional staff outside of PCS and will be recommended based upon the needs of the committee.

Committee meetings and events are open to the PCS community. return to top

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