Monday, February 26, 2007


Event will outline complex challenges faced by Catholic health care professionals

WHAT: Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine will present Catholic Health Care Ethics: The Tradition and Contemporary Culture, a three-day conference outlining the complex moral, ethical, social, legal, theological, anthropological and cultural issues confronting Catholic health care today. The conference is co-sponsored by The Catholic Health Association of the United States and is designed to develop an approach to the delivery of health care services that is adequate to the transitions in the Church and American society. The event is intended for executive leaders, mission leaders, pastoral care staff, members of ethics committees, clinicians, sponsors and others in the Catholic health ministry.


1-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28; 8 a.m-3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1 and 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday, March 2.

WHO: Featured speakers will include Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, senior associate dean, Stritch School of Medicine; Fr. Kevin O’Rourke, OP, STM, Stritch School of Medicine; John Hardt, PhD, assistant professor, Neiswanger Institute; Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics, St. Vincent Hospital; Dr. Richard Payne, MD, Ester Colliflower director, Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke University Divinity School; and Teresa Ramos, MD, director, adolescent health services, Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

TOPICS INCLUDE: • Catholic Health Care as Mission • The Ethical & Religious Directives • The Catholic Tradition and the End of Life: Foundations for an Inclusive Ministry • End-of-Life Decisions and African American Patients and Families • End-of-Life Decisions and Latino Patients and Families • The Communications of the Dead: Physicians and the Loss of Their Patients

WHERE: Stritch School of Medicine, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Media: If you would like to attend, please call Perry Drake in the media relations division of Loyola at (708) 216-7940, on his cell phone at (708) 441-7736 or call (708) 216-9000 and have him paged.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.