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.