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I have to wonder how ethical the ethics committee is at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.

My mother was hospitalized there. While in the ICU (intensive are unit) during physician rounding when family is not allowed to be with their loved one, the ethicist chose to have a conversation with my mother about Hospice.

Our family had no knowledge she was going to do this with our mother. The physician never once told my family my mother was dying. There was never a family conference. We were blindsided.

So, it all boils down to readmission risks, the five star rating, money, cleaning house for the weekend as this event occurred on a Friday morning and we were off within two hours with my mom on a stretcher going to Hospice.

It's my hope PeaceHealth has changed its way of tackling end of life issues, making it less traumatic for both patients and their families.

I can only imagine what my mom felt being alone with no support system in her room as this conversation occurred.

Melissa Wright

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