The Bioethics Collaborative provides administrative support to the Medical Ethics Committee (MEC) of Vidant Medical Center. The MEC, which was established as a medical staff committee in 1983, has a three-fold charge:
It is composed of physicians, nurses, medical ethicists, a chaplain, a social worker, a patient care coordinator, an attorney, a community representative, and a hospital administrator. The MEC has several subcommittees including the Adult Consultation Subcommittee (ACS), the Pediatric Consultation Subcommittee (PCS), and the Ethics Education Subcommittee.
Any health care professional, patient, or family member may request the assistance of the ACS or PCS in addressing an ethical issue in patient care. Persons wishing to bring a request to the committee should first contact a hospital patient care coordinator or chaplain, who will direct the request to the appropriate committee members. The Ethics Education Subcommitte is responsible for organizing educational workshops for Vidant Medical Center.
For further information about the MEC and its activities, contact the Bioethics Collaborative at 252-744-2361.