PCCB to collaborate with CHA on Webinar Series

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The Catholic Health Association is offering a monthly series of webinars from July to December to address critical ethical issues in caring for patients and families in Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities and medical centers nationwide.

Entitled “Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics,” the complimentary series is presented in collaboration with the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University; the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Healthcare Leadership a tLoyola University Chicago; and the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University.

The series will take place on the second Thursday of the month from 1-1:45 p.m. ET, starting on July 8 and Aug. 12. Additional sessions are planned for Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. Moderators for the series are Brian M. Kane, Ph.D., CHA senior director, ethics; and Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D., CHA director, ethics.

All sessions are being offered as a complimentary service to ethicists, clinicians, ethics committees, health executives, graduate students and all persons who are interested in Catholic health care ethics.

Each 45-minute session will examine the implications of a specific critical issue in clinical ethics in the context of Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).

Participants will receive recordings of the programs for ongoing reference and education for ethics committees, medical professionals, health executives and graduate students.Program Information (new window)


Thursday, July 8
1-1:45 p.m. ET
Brain Death: Are Neurological Criteria Sufficient for Declaring Death?

Presented with the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University

Session Description: In recent years, some have questioned whether neurological criteria are dependable for ensuring that death has occurred. In this session, we will explore the criteria, their application, and their relation to Christian anthropology. The inaugural session will feature an engaging joint dialogue between the Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD and G. Kevin Donovan, MD, MA, from the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University.Register Today (new window)

Thursday, Aug. 12
1-1:45 p.m. ET
Potential Alternative Pathways in
 Caring for Unrepresented Patients Who Are Unable to Speak for Themselves
Presented with the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Healthcare Leadership, Loyola University Chicago

Session Description: How should we care for patients who have no legal health care proxy and have lost decisional capacity? Often, these unrepresented patients are subject to the assignment of a court-appointed guardian, who may not be the most ideal person to speak about an unfamiliar patient’s best interests. Paul Hutchison, MD, MA, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, Loyola University Chicago Medical Center, will explore an alternative pathway and the ethical constraints of this approach.Register Today (new window)

We are pleased to present this complimentary series of webinars in Catholic clinical ethics and look forward to having you join us for our first sessions on July 8 and Aug. 12!