STANDING WITH ETHICS CHAMPIONS TO REBUILD OUR HEALTH SYSTEM

Last fall, when we chose the Ethics Champions theme for the 2020 Annual Dinner, we could have never anticipated the significance of its meaning or impact. Doubtless, many of the Champions that our institutional partners nominated to be honored in our original evening program consider themselves simply colleagues among a vast legion of champions who have literally and willingly placed their lives on the line daily for weeks in a way they never dreamed would be asked of them. We honor them all in tribute to what they represent in the face of unrelenting and overwhelming adversity. We honor their courage, conviction, perseverance and spirit in responding to the greatest global health tragedy in more than a century. We honor their “doing the right thing” and their belief that in doing so something better comes of it.

CONFRONTING ETHICAL CHALLENGES
In our Annual Report you will find a summary of the Center’s work in 2019 and a brief overview since the coronavirus pandemic redirected our efforts. The 2019 accomplishments are significant, and we remain grateful for your support of those programs and our eagerness to return to them in the future. This report also demonstrates the Center’s ability to respond quickly to the needs of our stakeholders and constituents. Finally, this report speaks to the importance of ethics in all our lives and livelihoods. The ethical challenges that lie ahead for this country and world are monumental and, quite frankly, a little overwhelming.

HOLDING OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE
The devastation wreaked by this tiny virus will cause a reckoning for decades to come. It has laid bare the deep divisions and fissures of inequity and injustice in our healthcare systems. We will all be held accountable, individually and collectively, for how we raise and respond to the questions of what ought we to do, as we remain vigilant and begin to rebuild.

The Center stands with its Ethics Champions – all of them everywhere – in steadfast commitment to our core value: respect for human dignity. We must rebuild a health system that recognizes the intrinsic worth of all persons, listens to the voices of every child, youth, adult and elder of every tongue, embracing all forms of ability. We must rebuild a health system, an economy and a community that measures success in terms of how the least among us is served. Justice is not a notion; it is our imperative.

JOHN G. CARNEY, MED PRESIDENT AND
CEO SANDRA R. STITES, MD CHAIR OF THE BOARD

How We Do Ethics

As science, technology and engineering expand what we can do in medicine, questions about what we should do grow more complex and consequential. The Center for Practical Bioethics has been “doing ethics” by raising and responding to ethical issues in health and healthcare since 1984.

PERSONAL
Providing guidance for patients, families and clinicians struggling with ethically complex issues in medicine and research.

PROFESSIONAL
Teaching bioethics to healthcare providers, students, clinicians and consumers.

POLICY 
Creating guidelines, developing programs, publishing resources and advising decision makers.

 

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AN EVENING TO CELEBRATE
THE PEOPLE AND PROVIDERS
WHO STAND UP FOR HEALTHCARE ETHICS

Learn how ethics committees help patients, families and providers.
Find out how ethics consultation services can avert tragic outcomes.
Honor ethics champions who strengthen our community.

Annual Dinner

2020 ANNUAL DINNER

The 2020 Annual Dinner, to have taken place on April 21 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown – Muehlebach Tower, was not held due to the coronavirus. It is noteworthy that Terry Rosell, the person to whom we would have presented the Vision to Action Award in person at the Dinner, is now in the forefront of action in our community responding to the ethical issues raised by the pandemic.

The Center also wishes to thank the Dinner’s Honorary Co-Chairs, Debbie Sosland-Edelman and Alan Edelman and Joan and Steve Israelite, for their time, effort and commitment to ensuring the event’s virtual success.

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Debbie Sosland-Edelman 
& Alan Edelman

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Joan and Steve Israelite

VISION TO ACTION HONOREE

Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMin
Rosemary Flanigan Chair
Center for Practical Bioethics

ETHICS CHAMPIONS

Quality healthcare relies on ethics-rich environments. Ethics-rich environments rely on ethics champions. From CEOs and clinical staff to volunteers serving on ethics committees, healthcare institutions need ethics champions at all levels of their organizations.

The Center for Practical Bioethics invited healthcare providers and health systems throughout the Kansas City region to nominate such individuals. We planned to honor the 23 individuals they nominated at the 2020 Annual Dinner. While the emerge of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from holding the Dinner, the leadership of ethics champions is needed now more than ever.

2020 Annual Report

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