You can ask your nurse or doctor to contact the Ethics Committee for you. If you need further information, call:
There may be a time when you are called upon to make a difficult decision about
life-sustaining treatment—either for yourself or a family member. Novant Health Thomasville Medical
Center has an Ethics Committee to help you in such circumstances.
Such a decision can often be a frightening and painful task. Yet, every patient
has the right to make those decisions and to have the information needed to make
them. Communication among patients, families and healthcare providers may lessen
your fears and help relieve the burden that such decision-making may cause.
What is an Ethics Committee?
The Ethics Committee is a group of professional people who are prepared to listen
to your case objectively and bring their collective wisdom to it. They can help
get all the facts you need to make a decision and they can offer feedback and suggestions.
The Ethics Committee will never make a final decision or tell you what
to do. The Ethics Committee exists to help everyone involved make the best decision
Who is on the Ethics Committee?
The committee is made up of physicians, nurses, the hospital chaplain, representatives
from medical social work, administration and the general public. Each member
has been educated in medical ethics. The committee can bring their various
perspectives together to help you make a decision that is right for you and your
What Kinds of Cases Involve Them?
The committee can become involved in any case involving ethical dilemma with reference
to a patient's care. A patient, family member, physician or nurse can bring a case
to the committee. All conversations are held in strictest confidence.