2018 Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference

The Ethics of Access to Health Care: Are We Doing Too Much or Too Little

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Regions Community Room, Cooney Hall at Samford University 

Samford University's Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute's annual conference is designed to help Alabama institutional ethics committees at all levels with some of today’s most pressing health care and law issues.

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Conference registration costs $50 per person, which includes lunch and conference materials. Students recieve free registration, but lunch is $10. Students can pay for lunch when they register, by entering "LUNCH" as the discount code. A student ID must be shown at registration. 

Advanced registration is encouraged as seating is limited. 


2018 HEAL Conference Brochure
  • 8 to 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
  • 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Biblical Framework for Caring for the Poor, Dennis Sansom, Ph.D., Samford University
  • 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The Ethics of Access to Health Care: Evidence from the World Cities Project, Michael K. Gusmano, Ph.D., Hastings Center for Bioethics
  • 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ethics of Access to Care from a Hospital/Health-System Perspective, Keith Parrott, CEO, Brookwood Baptist Health
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pellegrino Medal Award Luncheon
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m. Break, Set up for afternoon
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ethics of Access to Care: Local Approaches and Considerations, Panel of Birmingham Area Health Care CEOs

Keynote Speakers

Dennis L. Sansom, Ph.D., M.A., M.Div.

Dennis Sansom started at Samford in fall 1988 and has been chair of the Department of Philosophy since 2000 when it was established. He teaches a wide range of classes but focuses on ethics, offering courses in Christian Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Medical Ethics. He primarily emphasizes the foundations of ethics, that is, the rational, cultural, and ontological conditions in which an ethical argument can be made—such philosophers and theologians as Aristotle, St. Augustine, Kierkegaard, Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein, and Karl Barth have influenced his particular perspectives in ethics.

Michael K. Gusmano, Ph.D.

Michael K. Gusmano is an associate professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health System and Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is also a research scholar at the Hastings Center and a visiting fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York. His research examines the politics of health and social policy.

He co-directs the World Cities Project, which compares large city health systems across the world. He is the author of Debating Modern Medical Technologies: The Politics of Safety, Effectiveness and Patient Access (with Karen J. Maschke; ABC-CLIO/Praeger , 2018), Health Care in World Cities: New York, London and Paris (with Victor G. Rodwin and Daniel Weisz; Johns Hopkins University Press 2010), Healthy Voices/Unhealthy Silence (with Colleen Grogan; Georgetown University Press 2007), Growing Older in World Cities (with Victor G. Rodwin; Vanderbilt University Press, 2006) and more than 100 scholarly articles. 

In 1995-1997 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University. He serves as the International Editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Associate Editor for Health Economics, Policy and Law, and is on the board of editors of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law and the editorial committee of the Hastings Center Report. Gusmano received his doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland College Park in 1995.

Keith Parrott

Keith Parrott currently serves as CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health, a joint venture between Tenet Health and the Baptist Health System of Alabama. BBH operates five hospitals, fifty-seven health centers, and several ambulatory centers. BBH employs over 7,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the state of Alabama.

Parrott most recently served as president and CEO of Baptist Health System of Alabama, a not-for-profit, 501(c) Corporation that owned and managed four hospitals, forty physician practices, and other related health delivery services in north central Alabama. Prior to becoming president/CEO, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for BHS, with oversight of the system’s four hospitals, as well as patient experience, marketing, strategic planning, and business development.  He joined BHS in February 2008 as president of Princeton Baptist Medical Center.  Prior to that, he spent 17 years with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, holding several management positions, including Assistant Vice President for Operations at the System’s Memorial City and Southwest Hospitals; Vice President for Marketing and Communications; and Chief Executive Officer of the System’s Northwest Hospital.

Parrott graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). He is board certified in Health Care Management and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

Continuing Education

Continuing education will be available for medical, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and social work.


Please note this CEM approval is for onsite attendees only. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Brookwood Baptist Health and the Center for Faith and Health, Samford University College of Health Sciences. The Brookwood Baptist Health is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Brookwood Baptist Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This conference has been approved for 7.2 Contac Hours (ABN). NurCE is an Alabama Board of Nursing-approved provider of continuing nursing education. (Provider Number: ABNP0004, Valid through Dec 23, 2018)


Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This is a ACPE knowledge based program appropriate for pharmacists. UAN 0002-9999-18-012-L04-P.

This program provides 5 contact hours (.5 CEUs) if all sessions are attended. 

Credit will be awarded based on attendance and participation. Credit will be uploaded to ACPE through CPE Monitor within 60 days of attendance; NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth (MMDD) are required. 

Social Work

This conference has sought approval for 5 hours of continuing education from the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners. 

Physical Therapy

One hour of continuing education is defined as 50 minutes of engagement in the continuing education. Alabama Physical Therapy Board does not pre-approve CE providers or sponsors. All continuing education offering related to physical therapy accepted.

Presenting Sponsors

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