About the Adventist Bioethics Consortium

For over 150 years, the Adventist church has founded and run hospitals all over the world to provide medical care to the physical body in a way that also nourishes spiritual health.  The church’s health ministry is shaped by a commitment to provide physical, mental, and spiritual care with ethical integrity. Over the decades, ethical questions in health care have grown ever more complex and current issues such as physician-assisted suicide, genomic medicine, gender reassignment, embryonic stem cell research, and many others challenge hospitals both large and small. The time has come to address such questions in a collaborative way that facilitates careful consideration by leaders in the church and its health systems. The Adventist Bioethics Consortium brings together healthcare leaders from hospitals around the world to research, converse, and collaborate regarding ways to respond to these pressing questions through its annual Adventist Bioethics Conference, on-line expert consultation, web-based educational offerings, and in-person ethics mentoring. 

Objectives of the Adventist Bioethics Consortium

  1. Compile and organize a library of actual and model policy resources for member hospitals
  2. Offer educational opportunities on bioethical issues pertinent to healthcare for ethics committee members, clinical ethics consultants, clinicians, and healthcare administrators
  3. Coordinate a web-based clinical ethics consultation service for member hospitals
  4. Create and nurture a network of ethicists, clinicians, and administrators to foster collaborative thinking and research on ethical issues 
  5. Provide in-person networking and educational opportunities such as the annual Adventist Bioethics Conference, a gathering devoted specifically to bioethics for Adventist healthcare leaders
  6. Deliver individualized in-person training and consultation specifically on institutional bioethics and clinical ethics for member hospitals
  7. Connect ethics leaders in the Adventist health systems with Adventist church leadership