Partnering Together for Ethical Planning: A Conversation Between Hospital Leaders and Ethics Directors

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Presented By

Alan Muster

Senior Vice President Wellstar Medical Group, Specialty Division
Wellstar Health System

Jason Lesandrini, FACHE

Assistant Vice President, Ethics, Advanced Care Planning & Spiritual Health
Wellstar Health System

Nancy E. Gin

Executive Vice President/Chief Quality Officer
The Permanente Federation

Thomas V. Cunningham, PhD

Bioethics Director
Kaiser Permanente Southern California
About the Session

The initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed ethical challenges facing our healthcare systems, including resource shortages, financial concerns and ethical preparedness. As we evolve toward a new normal for healthcare systems, it is imperative that we learn from our experiences and assess the ethical quality of system responses and work toward their improvement. This session provides audience members with an overview of the ethical aspects of the COVID pandemic and the different types of ethical responses it has required of health systems. Participants will learn how systems that invested in ethics personnel leveraged them in support of a rapid, mission-centered and systematic response to systemwide ethical issues that arose in the first wave of the pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ethical issues experienced during COVID-19 by two large healthcare systems.
  • Learn strategies on how to integrate ethical decision-making and resources in planning, implementation and post-pandemic evaluation.