Code of Ethics
The staff and board members of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care (Council) will at all times:
- Be guided by the highest standards of personal integrity.
- Strive to inspire confidence in the Council’s work.
- Serve their colleagues, interns, members of the legislature and State Government, the citizens of Maine, foundation partners and others with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness.
- Keep the legislature and public informed on pertinent issues regarding end-of-life care.
- Strive for professional excellence and encourage the professional development of associates and those seeking to enter the field of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care. The goal is to provide the highest quality, most dignified cost effective end-of-life care for the people of Maine with the vision of creating a more responsive environment for end-of-life care.
- Approach organizational and operations duties with a positive attitude and constructively support open communication, cooperation, creativity, dedication and compassion.
- Avoid any interest or activity which may appear in conflict with professional responsibilities and serve in a manner as to avoid inappropriate personal gain.
- Respect and protect any privileged information to which there has been access.
- Use discretion when promoting the public interest.
- Accept the responsibility to be informed of emerging issues in end-of-life care and to address these issues with professional competence, fairness, and effectiveness.
- Assure equal opportunity for all individuals in regard to recruitment, access, selection, and advancement.
- Respect and value the work done by employees of the Council and its related associates and partners.