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What Does the Biomedical Ethics Committee Do?

The HackensackUMC Biomedical Ethics Committee is a multidisciplinary group, including a full-time bioethicist, physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, administrators, and lay members.  The committee is a forum for education, case and policy review, analysis and recommendation that meets on a regular monthly and as-needed basis to:

  • Identify and consider ethical issues that arise in the Medical Center;
  • explore different approaches to healthcare decision making in the HackensackUMC setting and provide recommendations for resolving ethical dilemmas in patient care;
  • participate in developing and reviewing HackensackUMC policy when matters of ethics are involved;
  • assist in consultations when requested by the Bioethics Consultation Service and provide consultation assessment; and provide educational programs about bioethical issues, within both HackensackUMC and the wider community. 


All deliberations of the HackensackUMC Clinical Ethics Consultation Service and Biomedical Ethics Committee are confidential and all information and records are protected.  There is no charge for these services.

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