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The Healthcare Ethics Consortium (HEC) is a nationally recognized center of excellence providing leadership in health care ethics education, reflection and practice.

The HEC was founded in January 1994 following a three-year planning period funded by Emory University and the Georgia Humanities Council. Healthcare professionals and health administrators statewide participated in the formation of a network of healthcare organizations that shared a common interest in bringing ethics analysis to patient care and organizational issues. The membership is comprised of hospitals and health systems, home health agencies, hospices, long-term care facilities, and other health-related organizations. The Consortium is affiliated with the Emory University Center for Ethics.

The Consortium provides educational programs and consultative services for healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations, and the community.


Transforming healthcare through ethical reflection and action


Improving healthcare by fostering collaboration and integration of ethics into care delivery, healthcare education, and policy development

VALUE statements

  • Respect for the inherent dignity of all persons

  • Cultural humility and respect for diversity

  • Community engagement and civil discourse

  • Partnering throughout the continuum of care