Applied Ethics Center at O'Connor Hospital
2105 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
The Applied Ethics Center was created in 1994 as a joint effort of O'Connor
Hospital and the Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied
Ethics. The mission of the Applied Ethics Center at O'Connor is to clarify
and enhance the role of ethics in the practice and delivery of health
care. More specifically, the Center seeks to:
Promote commitment to ethics at O'Connor Hospital
Provide ethics education, consultation, and policy review
Raise awareness of ethics in clinical decision making
Help leaders develop practical decision-making strategies
Raise awareness in the community about the ethical dimensions of
The Applied Ethics Center is engaged in the following activities:
Consultation: individual and family consultation to assist
health care providers, patients, and families in ethical decision
Educational Programs: presentations, seminars, workshops,
and other programs in health care ethics and business ethics for physicians,
nurses, and other health care professionals.
Community Forums: presentations on ethical issues in health
care for the general public.
Research: analysis and study of organizational ethics in health
care settings, health care in local Latino communities, and medical
decision making for incompetent patients.
Web based Resources: articles, case studies,
Student "Internship" Program:
offers undergraduate students interested in health care at SCU an
opportunity to experience "clinical" hours while interacting
with healthcare professionals, and gaining lessons in healthcare ethics.
The Applied Ethics Center and the Bioethics Committee
The Bioethics Committee is a medical staff committee at O'Connor Hospital.
Through this Committee, O'Connor develops and reviews Hospital guidelines
and policies to ensure optimal patient care. Together with the Applied
Ethics Center, the Bioethics Committee provides patients, families, and
health care professionals with the resources needed for ethical decision
The Applied Ethics Center and Santa Clara University
"What makes an action morally right or wrong? What makes a person or
a community virtuous?" Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied
Ethics has addressed important questions like these since 1986 when it
was founded to develop interdisciplinary teaching, research, and community
programs in applied ethics. In all of its programs, the Center endeavors
to heighten public awareness of emerging issues in ethics and to provide
methods for understanding and resolving these issues. Ethical issues in
health care have been a special focus of the Center since its founding.
The joint venture with O'Connor allows Santa Clara to expand its commitment
to this important area.
Director, Applied Ethics Center