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Conference to Address Healthcare Ethics Issues

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-04-11

The 2002 Conference of Samford University's Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEAL) Institute will be held Friday, April 19, at Baptist Medical Center Montclair. "Institutional Ethics Committees: Helping Others Cope with Errors and Bad Outcomes" is the topic of the program.

The program is designed to help Alabama healthcare organizational ethic committees address some of today's most pressing healthcare ethics and law issues and problems.

A conference highlight will be the presentation of the 2002 Pellegrino medals to four outstanding healthcare leaders, including Sister Virginia Delaney, D.C., vice president for mission services, St. Vincent's Hospital, Birmingham.

The Pellegrino Medal was established last year to honor individuals recognized nationally as leaders for contributions to healthcare ethics in the selfless spirit of Edmund D. Pellegrino, who has been called the father of the American bioethics movement.

Sister Delaney staffs the ethics committee that was the first in Birmingham. Because of her work with the Alabama Hospital Association in helping other are institutions create ethics committees, she has been called the "Johnny Appleseed of ethics committees" in the state.

Other Pellegrino medal recipients this year are: Albert R. Jonsen, Ph.D., most recently professor and chair of the department of medical history and ethics at the University of Washington, Seattle; Mark Siegler, M.D., director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago; and William J. Winslade, Ph.D., J.D., professor, philosophy of medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

The HEAL Institute is an interdisciplinary effort to build upon the expertise of faculty from Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences and its issue-related professional schools of business, law, nursing, pharmacy and divinity. Bruce D. White, D.O., J.D., professor, McWhorter School of Pharmacy is Institute director.

This year's conference will include sessions on ethical analysis by the case method; medical innovations, errors and bad outcomes; and medical uncertainty and bad outcomes.

For information, contact Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy at (205) 726-2820.


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