Ethics Committees and the Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium

The first hospital ethics committees in the nation were established in the 1970s, and the primary catalyst for their growth was the 1976 Karen Quinlan case. As the case was argued, the judge, who had read an article about ethics committees in the Baylor Law Review, remarked that cases like this belong before ethics committees rather than courts. 
In 1992, the Joint Commission – then the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – mandated that hospitals establish a clinical ethics “mechanism.” The three primary functions of ethics committees, as identified by the American Hospital Association in 1986, are to:

• Educate themselves to “do ethics”
• Develop and review hospital policies
• Consult on complex cases arising in the hospital 
In 1986, in response to numerous ethics committee members seeking opportunities to learn from each other, the Center for Practical Bioethics convened the Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium, which remains the oldest continuously operating Consortium of its kind in the nation. Through the years, the Consortium has developed guidelines in response to issues raised by members. 


- May 9, 2019 -

The Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium is hosting a skills development workshop for ethics committee members.

1:30pm - 5:00pm, Thursday, May 9, 2019
University of Kansas Medical Center
Health Education Building, Room 201
2146 W 39th Ave,
Kansas City, KS 66103

This workshop will include a landmark case study presentation, emphasizing important details for ethics committees, and skills development training on conducting a family meeting. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

· 1:30 pm: Welcome full ethics committee attendance

· 1:45 pm: Session 1 - Landmark Case Review
      - Terry Rosell, DMin, PhD

· 2:45 pm: Break

· 3:00 pm: Session 2 – Conducting a Family Meeting
      - Brian Carter, MD

· 4:30 pm: Networking Reception

· 5:00 pm: Adjourn


Member discounts available to:
HCA Midwest Health
Saint Luke’s Health System
Truman Medical Centers
University of Kansas Health System
AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
Prime Healthcare
Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Liberty Hospital
North Kansas City Hospital
Salina Regional Health Center
Stormont Vail Hospital
Visiting Nurses Association
Mosaic Life Care
Midwest Transplant Network

Paid parking is available in lot P5. It's a short walk from there to the Health Education Building. Street parking is also available in the area.

Contact hours have been requested from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number LT0279-0412.

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