Overview

Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics

A new clinical ethics webinar series co-sponsored by the Catholic Health Association in cooperation with
Georgetown University
Loyola University Chicago
Saint Louis University

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In our ongoing commitment to provide timely, relevant information about emerging issues for Catholic health care, the Catholic Health Association is offering a monthly series of webinars to address and clarify critical ethical issues in caring for patients and families in Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities and medical centers nationwide.

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

All sessions are being offered as a complimentary service to ethicists, clinicians, residents, health executives, graduate students in moral theology and health care ethics 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 and organizational ethics in the context of Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). Moderators of the series are Brian M. Kane, Ph.D., CHA senior director, ethics; and Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D., CHA director, ethics.

Participants will receive recordings of the programs for ongoing reference and education for ethics committees, medical professionals, health executives and graduate students.


Dec. 9, 2021
1-1:45 p.m. ET
When a Child Dies: Ethics and End of Life Decision-Making in Pediatrics

Co-sponsored by the Catholic Health Association in cooperation with Saint Louis University Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

Decisions about medical interventions at or near the end-of-life are never easy, but when the patient is a child, these decisions can escalate into one of the most tragic, complex and unmentionable territories of healthcare. Erica K. Salter, Ph.D., associate professor of health care ethics and pediatrics at Saint Louis University's Center for Health Care Ethics and Department of Pediatrics, will explore the unique legal and moral context of decision-making for children at the end of life, including issues related to parental consent and child assent, responsibilities of clinicians, and ultimately, caring well for the dying child.

Presenter:

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Erica K. Salter, PhD, HEC-C
Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics and Pediatrics
Saint Louis University's Center for Health Care Ethics and Department of Pediatrics
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July 8, 2021
1-1:45 p.m. ET
Brain Death: Are Neurological Criteria Sufficient for Declaring Death?

Presented with the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center

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.

Aug. 12, 2021
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 Health Care 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.

Sept. 9, 2021
1-1:45 p.m. ET
Conscience, Compromise, and Complicity

Co-sponsored by the Catholic Health Association in cooperation with Saint Louis University Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

This session will provide an overview of the debate and delve into more detail concerning "complicity/cooperation" when it comes to various compromise policies, such as effective referrals to willing providers. Jason Eberl, Ph.D., professor of health care ethics and philosophy, and director of Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University, will lead the discussion.

Oct. 14, 2021
1-1:45 p.m. ET
Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration

Co-sponsored by the Catholic Health Association in cooperation with Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics

This presentation will review ethical aspects from a Catholic perspective of medically assisted nutrition and hydration. The focus will be on clinical presentations, effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of MANH in various settings, a review of directive #58 from the Ethical and Religious Directives, and a discussion of areas of possible confusion.


Nov. 11, 2021
1-1:45 p.m. ET
When the Patient is Racist

Co-sponsored by the Catholic Health Association in cooperation with Loyola University Chicago

The "When the Patient is Racist" webinar introduces four experiences of racism that can occur in the health care delivery setting based on a New York Times Blog Post by Pauline Chen. Through an interactive discussion and a small group exercise we will explore structural racism and the challenges and opportunities for improvement at the individual and organizational level.


Future Sessions – Dec. 9, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 15
Please Note: Topics and speakers are being developed for future sessions.
Please check back as information is being updated regularly.


Who Should Attend

The complimentary webinar series is designed for …

  • Medical directors, CMOs, CNOs
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Residents, medical and nursing students
  • Ethicists
  • Mission leaders
  • Ethics committees
  • Pastoral care directors
  • Graduate students in moral theology or health care ethics
  • Persons interested in Catholic health care ethics

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

Don't worry if you cannot attend the live event. CHA will record the webinar and share the recording with all who are registered — so please register today for this webinar.


Contact

For more information, contact CHA Service Center or Brian M. Kane, Ph.D., CHA senior director, ethics.