Punta Gorda Surgeon - Stephen Moenning MD, FACS, FASCRS
Board Certified Colon and Rectal and General Surgery
A Letter from Dr. Moenning
I would like to thank you for visiting our web site. In today's medical environment, you have many choices for the delivery of your Colon and Rectal health, Thank you for choosing us. One part of that health care delivery is the obligation of the surgeon to the patient. Surgery, is a blend of science and art. The science part of surgery is straightforward, does your surgeon know what he/she is doing and why. What about the art of surgery? For instance, does your surgeon have a 'bedside' manner? Does he/she take the time to explain why this or that surgery is the best for you? Do they have sensitivity to your particular problem? I pride myself in taking time to care for my patients as individuals. I will explain why a procedure is needed, and why a surgery may not be appropriate.
As a healthcare provider, it is so easy to lose sight of the importance that we are dealing with a patients physical, mental and spiritual life. I try to treat the whole person, not just a problem. I consider it an honor to be your surgeon.
It is also important to ask your Surgeon what should I, as a patient, expect from you as my Surgeon? In other words.....What is it that I as a surgeon owe to my patients? The American College of Surgeons has produced a 'Code of Conduct' for which Fellows of the College should follow in their interactions with patients. This Code of Conduct expresses what I owe you as a patient. We hope you place your trust in us. Thank You.
Dr. Steve Moenning MD, FACS, FASCRS
Code of Professional Conduct
As Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, we treasure the trust that our patients have placed in us, because trust is integral to the practice of surgery. During the continuum of pre-, intra-, and postoperative care, we accept responsibilities to:
- Serve as effective advocates of our patients' needs.
- Disclose therapeutic options, including their risks and benefits.
- Disclose and resolve any conflict of interest that might influence decisions regarding care.
- Be sensitive and respectful of patients, understanding their vulnerability during the perioperative period.
- Fully disclose adverse events and medical errors.
- Acknowledge patients' psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual needs.
- Encompass within our surgical care the special needs of terminally ill patients.
- Acknowledge and support the needs of patients' families.
- Respect the knowledge, dignity, and perspective of other health care professionals.
Our profession is also accountable to our communities and to society. In return for their trust, as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, we accept responsibilities to:
- Provide the highest quality surgical care.
- Abide by the values of honesty, confidentiality, and altruism.
- Participate in lifelong learning.
- Maintain competence throughout our surgical careers.
- Participate in self-regulation by setting, maintaining, and enforcing practice standards.
- Improve care by evaluating its processes and outcomes.
- Inform the public about subjects within our expertise.
- Advocate strategies to improve individual and public health by communicating with government, health care organizations, and industry.
- Work with society to establish just, effective, and efficient distribution of health care resources.
- Provide necessary surgical care without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, social status, or ability to pay.
- Participate in educational programs addressing professionalism.
As surgeons, we acknowledge that we relate to our patients when they are most vulnerable. Their trust and the privileges we enjoy depend on our individual and collective participation in efforts that promote the good of both our patients and society. As Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, we commit ourselves and the College to the ideals of professionalism.
American College of Surgeons, November 18, 2005
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Stephen P. Moenning, MD
Board Certified Surgeon
610 E. Olympia Avenue Suite 210
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: 941. 639. 4646