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National Center for Ethics in Health Care

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About Us

The National Center for Ethics in Health Care was established in 1991 as a field-based National program office. In 1999, it was moved to VA Central Office in Washington, DC. Our multidisciplinary staff represents a wide variety of specialized fields, including medicine, nursing, philosophy, law, policymaking, education, theology, social work, psychology, and health care administration.

What We Do

NCEHC serves as VA's authoritative resource for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research.

Our work is aimed at clarifying and promoting ethical health care practices in VA and beyond, including ethics-related decisions, actions, systems, processes, environment, and culture. We provide ethics analysis, information, education, advice and support, and lead nationwide quality improvement projects. We work collaboratively with VA senior leaders, field facilities, and program offices to accomplish these tasks.

Mission and Vision

Mission: Honor Veterans’ values, goals, and preferences by driving healthcare ethics standards and nurturing strong healthcare ethics communities

Vision: Veterans receive values-focused health care that fosters respect, trust, and compassion

Cornerstone Award Recipient

NCEHC was awarded the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Cornerstone Award. The ASBH Cornerstone Award is the society's highest honor given to an institution for outstanding and enduring contributions that have deeply enriched and helped shape the direction of the fields of bioethics and the medical humanities.