At St. Francis Medical Center, our goal is to deliver compassionate care that respects a patient’s values and dignity of life. Caring for patients with serious injuries (trauma) that threaten their ability to function at a basic level requires extra sensitivity. That’s why our bioethics program is here to help families and healthcare teams explore treatment options for critically ill patients.
Our compassionate team of experts specializes in navigating important issues involved in care, comfort and end-of-life decisions. We listen and offer insights and suggestions, but we do not make decisions for you or your loved one.
Highlights of Our Program
This sensitivity forms the foundation of our bioethics program. Our partnership with St. John’s Seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles helps us explore morals and ethics from a faith-based perspective. Our partnership enables us to expand on the dignity, fairness and honesty we seek when making any difficult care decision.
Our bioethics program specializes in meeting the unique needs of patients in our intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unity (NICU). Our depth of expertise from treating hundreds of critically ill patients every year helps us approach life-or-death care decisions with respect and sensitivity. Learn more about our Level III NICU and intensive care/critical care unit .
Our bioethics experts take an active role in patient care. Working alongside physicians and other clinical experts, we participate in weekly medical rounds where we discuss your loved one’s care right at the bedside. This approach helps us continuously update our recommendations based on your loved one’s changing needs.