Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab

JCB Partners:
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Bioethics Service

 

People and Roles:

Bioethicist and Privacy Officer: Maria McDonald, LLB, MHSc (Bioethics)
Ethics Facilitators: Over 20 people in the organization have been trained as Ethics Facilitators to serve as ethics resource leaders. They are supported by the Bioethicist.

 

Program Description:

Holland Bloorview utilizes an approach called the "Hub and Spoke" model to assist in addressing ethical issues. Within this model, over 20 people in the organization have been trained as Ethics Facilitators to serve as ethics resource leaders. They meet monthly in a Bioethics Forum to discuss ethical issues. The organization also has the resources of an onsite Bioethicist, Maria McDonald, and is a partner with the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto.

The Ethics Facilitators and the Bioethicist all support clients, families, staff, students and volunteers in fostering a positive ethical environment at Holland Bloorview.

 

Consultation:

Holland Bloorview’s Bioethics Service is dedicated to helping client and family well-being and organizational integrity. The service provides specialized help with clinical and organizational questions and concerns, including:

  • supporting discussions about "everyday ethics" issues that may involve questions of what is "fair" or "right"
  • providing an ethical analysis about an immediate client care issue or an administrative opportunity, question or concern
  • encouraging dialogues and reflections about the relationships, practices or perspectives involved in helping children, adolescents, young adults and their families who have specialized rehabilitation and complex continuing care needs

Anyone can call the Ethics Facilitators or Bioethicist to discuss ethical issues. No referral is needed. The consultations are confidential.

 

Education:

We provide staff, students and volunteers with opportunities to find out about ethics issues and processes available to support ethics decision-making through:

  • monthly Everday Ethics rounds in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children, and videoconferenced to Holland Bloorview
  • the Bioethics Service website
  • encouraging dialogues and reflections about the relationships, practices or perspectives involved in helping children, adolescents, young adults and their families who have specialized rehabilitation and complex continuing care needs

Maria McDonald teaches the law and ethics course (MSC3005H) for the students in the MHSc in Bioethics Program at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. She also helps to mentor graduate students and fellows at the Joint Centre for Bioethics.

 

Research Ethics:

Maria McDonald is an active member of the Research Ethics Board at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

 

Website:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, Bioethics Service web link

 

Contact Information:

Maria McDonald

Maria McDonald, Bioethicist and Privacy Officer
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Phone: (416) 425-6220 ext.6408
Email: mmcdonald@hollandbloorview.ca email link