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 SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Ethics Committee 

The Ethics Committee at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is dedicated to fostering the compassionate and thoughtful practice of medicine by advocating for the values of patients and families, encouraging and guiding hospital staff as they encounter challenging ethical questions and providing education to patients, staff and the community.  The committee’s purpose is described in the SSM Health policy that follows:

Purpose of the Ethics Committee

(from SSM Health System Policies & Procedures)

The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to help foster an ethical culture throughout the entity consistent with: Catholic moral and social teachings, specifically those summarized in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services; SSMHC’s mission, values, policies and procedures; and accepted medical and nursing practice. This is done primarily through education, policy development, and case consultation on a broad range of issues that encompass the clinical, organizational (or business), and social dimensions of health care. As a vital part of the ethical integrity of the entity, the Ethics Committee seeks to promote the basic values of Catholic health care. These values include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The dignity and sanctity of each person’s life
  2. The good of the community and society at-large
  3. The good of the environment
  4. Special attention to the needs of poor and vulnerable persons
  5. Compassionate, holistic care of the dying
  6. The equitable distribution of health care resources
  7. Justice in the workplace
  8. High-quality care for all centered on the whole person (body, mind, spirit)
  9. Service to the community
  10. Stewardship of resources

Ethics Advocacy and Consultation

Whether you are a patient or family needing someone to advocate for your values or a staff member at the hospital dealing with an ethical dilemma or moral distress, we invite you to contact the Ethics Committee for confidential consultation.

The Ethics Committee can be contacted at any time by dialing “0” on any hospital phone and asking the hospital operator to speak with the ethics consultant on call. Additionally, for non-urgent issues, the Ethics Committee can be contacted via email at cgethics@ssmhealth.com.

Ethics Education

The Ethics Committee frequently provides lectures and trainings throughout the hospital regarding ethics issues and moral distress. Please let us know if you would like ethics training in your division or department.

Additionally, we have compiled a library of useful ethics literature for your use.  Please click here for access to these resources.

The following is an assortment of ethics-related publications. These articles may contain views that are not necessarily in full accordance with the values, practices, policies or commitments of SSM Health.

Ethics Committee Members

The Ethics Committee is a multidisciplinary group with representation from the medical staff, nursing staff, pediatric residency program, social work, Saint Louis University School of Law, the Footprints program (palliative care), the Saint Louis University Center for Healthcare Ethics, SSM Health and the community.

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the committee with ethics questions. We will either assist you with your question or direct you to another member of the Ethics Committee or hospital staff who is able to do so.

 Teresa Andreone, MD Teresa Andreone, MD, Pediatric Intensive Care
Clinical Consult Team Leader
Joshua Arthur, MD Joshua Arthur, MD, General Academic Pediatrics
Committee Chair and Clinical Consult Team Leader
Rachelle Barina Rachelle Barina, SSM Health Ethicist
Thomas Bender, MD Thomas Bender, MD, Neonatology
Dina Calamur, MD Nandini Calamur, MD, Footprints, Pediatric Intensive Care
Clinical Consult Team Leader
Sister Judy Carron, RSM, BSN Sister Judy Carron, RSM, BSN, Footprints
Monica Evans, DO, Internal Medicine - Pediatrics Resident
Jenna Fine, DO, Pediatric Intensive Care Fellow
Mark Fuller, MDIV, MA, Pastoral Care, SSM Health
Vincent Gibbons, MD Vincent Gibbons, MD, Neurology
Jesse Goldner Jesse Goldner, JD, SLU School of Law
Amara Heard, MD, Pediatric Resident
Chera Huffman, RN, Nursing, Neonatal Intensive Care
Dan Joyce, RN, Nursing, Pediatric Intensive Care
Cynthia Morris, MD, Pediatric Neurology Resident
Terry Palmisano, MSN, Nursing
Rev. June Pearse Rev. June Pearse, Pastoral Care
Rev. Wendell Reese, Pastoral Care, Cardinal Glennon
Erica Salter, PhD Erica Salter, PhD, Center for Healthcare Ethics,
Committee Vice-Chair
David Snell, RGA David Snell, RGA, Community member
Kim Spence, MD Kim Spence, MD, Neonatology
Clinical Consult Team Leader
Barbara Whitman, PhD

Barbara Whitman, PhD, Child psychology

 

Ad Hoc Membership

 

Teresa Andreone, MD Stephen Braddock, MD, Genetics
Joshua Arthur, MD Kaveer Chatoorgoon, MD, Pediatric Surgery
Amelia Kirby, MD, Genetics