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'Healthcare Ethics' Topic of Samford Conference

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-04-09

The newly-created Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEAL) Institute of Samford University will host a conference of healthcare ethics personnel Friday, April 20, at Samford.

"Healthcare Ethics Committees: Keeping Pace in the 21st Century" is the topic for the day-long program, which is designed to help healthcare institutional ethics committees with some of today's most pressing ethics and law issues.

Speakers include Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., professor of medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; John C. Fletcher, Ph.D., professor of biomedical ethics emeritus, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.; and Marian Gray Secundy, Ph.D., professor of medical ethics, Howard University, Washington, D.C., and director, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare, Tuskegee University.

Breakout sessions will cover clinical, ethical, legal, philosophic and spiritual topics led by HEAL Institute faculty and fellows.

A highlight will be the inaugural presentation of the Pellegrino Medal to Drs. Pellegrino, Fletcher and Secundy, and to longtime healthcare executive R. Clayton McWhorter, whose vision and generosity made the Institute a reality.

The award was established by the faculty and fellows of the HEAL Institute to honor individuals recognized nationally as leaders "for contributions to healthcare ethics in the selfless spirit" of Dr. Pellegrino.

Pellegrino, considered by many the father of the American bio-ethics movement, is director of Georgetown University's Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics. In 1998, he received the first lifetime achievement award granted by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Fletcher was the first clinical ethicist at the National Institutes of Health, and founding director of the University of Virginia's Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Virginia Bioethics Network.

Secundy is known internationally for her scholarly activities in end-of-life care, diversity and narrative ethics.

The HEAL Institute was created as an interdisciplinary effort within Samford in 1999 through a challenge grant from Samford pharmacy school alumnus R. Clayton McWhorter, founder and chief executive officer of HealthTrust, Inc. The Institute builds upon the expertise of faculty from Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences and issue-related professional schools of business, law, nursing, pharmacy and divinity. Bruce D. White, D.O. J.D., professor at Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, is Institute director.

The $79 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and materials. For information or reservation, call (205) 726-2820 or E-mail lmbarnes@samford.edu.


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