2020 Theology and Ethics Colloquium, "Ethics Beyond the Bedside"

March 11-13, 2020
Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel
St. Louis

CHA's Theology and Ethics Colloquium, Ethics Beyond the Bedside, will examine ethical implications for Catholic health care around critical issues in society, technology, national media and the Church.

This year, the annual, invitation-only event for ethicists will take place March 11-13, 2020 at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis.

Participants will examine opportunities and ethical concerns around:

  • The meaning of institutional conscience and a virtuous organization
  • Dramatic rise of artificial intelligence in health care
  • Evolving models of health delivery
  • Initiatives to address social determinants
  • Catholic health care's responsibility to the environment
  • CHA's national advocacy work to protect safety net programs, advance palliative care, and other ministry priorities guided by principles of Catholic social teaching
  • National media coverage of Catholic health care
  • Building effective relationships with the Church.

As always, there will be ample opportunities for networking and dialogue with ethicists in Catholic health care and academia. Additional information regarding the schedule and speakers will be available in the coming weeks.


Reserve your spot today for this popular annual program exclusively for ethicists!

March 11-13, 2020
Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel
St. Louis

Registration Fee:
CHA Members: $500

Additional Offerings:
Non-member from Academia or Diocese: $500
Non-member Health Care Ethicists: $1,000
Retired Ethicists and Graduate Students: $100

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Questions? Email CHA or call (800) 230-7823.



Elizabeth Collier, Ph.D.
Doris K. and Jay W. Christopher Chair in Business Ethics
Dominican University
River Forest, Ill.

Derek Covert
Chief Mission Integration Officer
Ascension Texas
Austin, Texas

Kathy Curran, JD
Senior Director, Public Policy
Catholic Health Association
Washington, D.C.

Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM
President & Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association
Washington, D.C.

Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D.
Director, Ethics
Catholic Health Association
St. Louis

Brian M. Kane, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Ethics
Catholic Health Association
St. Louis

Dan Loeterman
Vice President, Public Affairs and Issues Management
CommonSpirit Health
Los Angeles

Daniel O' Brien, Ph.D.
Ethicist (Ret.)
St. Louis

Philip R.O. Payne, Ph.D., FACMI, FAMIA
Robert J. Terry Professor and Director, Institute for Informatics (I2)
Washington University
St. Louis

Brian Reardon
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Catholic Health Association
St. Louis

Cristina Richie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
Greenville, N.C.

Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM
Executive Director
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Center for Global Engagement

Kathy Schaeffer
Kathy Schaeffer Consulting, LLC
Omena, Mich.

Joshua Schulz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
DeSales University
Center Valley, Pa.

Julie Trocchio
Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care
Catholic Health Association
Washington, D.C.


The Colloquium will begin Wednesday, March  11 at noon with registration followed by programming from 1  to 4:30 p.m. and a welcome reception at 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, March 12, breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. followed by programming from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Eucharistic Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, March 13, the Colloquium will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with presentations scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.


CHA's 2020 Theology and Ethics Colloquium will be held at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel, 212-232 North Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the special group rate of $165, which includes Wi-Fi. To reserve your room at the special group rate, call (314) 633-3000 and identify yourself as a CHA Colloquium attendee.

Your reservation must be made by Feb. 26, 2020, to receive the discounted rate. Check-in time is 4 p.m. and checkout time is before noon. Cancellation of individual room reservations must be made 72 hours (three business days) prior to your scheduled day of arrival to avoid being charged for the first-night's stay.

Room reservations need to be made separately through the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel. Registering for the program does not guarantee room availability.

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