Ethics Institute

The NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University
in collaboration with
the Center for Human Dignity in
Bioethics, Health, and the Holocaust
at Misericordia University
Present

A Symposium on Ethical Issues in Eldercare

Wednesday, October 16
8:15 AM to 3:30 PM at the Rivers' Room
Mercy Center
Dallas, PA
 

Click here to download registration form

Global Ethics Day is October 16th and the "Symposium on Ethical Issues in Eldercare" is recognized on globalethicsday.org as a participating event.

Global Ethics Day 2019

See below Fall 2019 Programs on Ethics for complete agenda and event details


The Ethics Institute was established in 1987 by Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community professionals and leaders from the Wyoming Valley who wished to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. It is an institution directed by regional leaders and educators who are committed to the discussion of ethical issues both theoretical and practical. The institute encourages responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation, and it facilitates this process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums. The institute also bestows the Sister Siena Finley Ethics Award upon a person or organization that has demonstrated exemplary ethical behavior in their personal, civic and/or professional life during its annual dinner.

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University sponsored the panel presentation and program, “Differing Faith Perspectives on Nonviolence,” on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Alden Trust Room 219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program focused on the topic of nonviolence, one of the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Misericordia in 1924. It included a brief introductory presentation and then a discussion on various perspectives of nonviolence from different faith traditions. The event was free and open to the public. For more information about this event click here.

 

 

 

EMAIL: ethics@misericordia.edu


Diversity Camp attendees with members of the EI Board
Pictured above: Diversity Camp attendees with members of the Ethics Institute Board.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2019 Programs on Ethics

Fall 2019 Programs on Ethics:

 

 


Chuck Collins’

Visit to Misericordia University

During Mercy Week

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Focus: “Ethical Issues on Economic Inequality”

Agenda

 

 

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Meeting with Interested Faculty, Staff, Administration, Board Members, RSM Sisters, Associates, and Students
 

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: Presentation to Dr. Gelso’s Health and Human Rights Class
 

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Meeting with Community Leaders Involved in Social Justice
 

12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM: Luncheon with Invited Guests
 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Open Meeting for Campus and Community
 

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM: Meeting With Interested NE PA Ethics Institute Board Members
 

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Dinner with Invited Guests
 

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Major Presentation by Chuck Collins At The
 

Sr. Siena Finley, RSM Third Annual Lecture on Ethics;
 

Topic: “Ethical Issues in Economic Inequality”
 

 

8:45 PM - 9:00 PM: Light Reception and Informal Discussion with Chuck and Presentation Participants


The NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University
in collaboration with
the Center for Human Dignity in
Bioethics, Health, and the Holocaust
at Misericordia University
Present

A Symposium on Ethical Issues in Eldercare

Wednesday, October 16
8:15 AM to 3:30 PM at the Rivers' Room
Mercy Center
Dallas, PA
GOAL:
Healthcare staff, University students, and family members involved with eldercare will increase their knowledge of significant ethical issues which face them and their clients in the provision of eldercare services.
 
OBJECTIVES:
1.) Attendees will examine gaps in the training and continuing education of eldercare providers concerning ethical issues relevant to them and their clients.
2.) Attendees will increase their knowledge of evidenced-based ethical perspectives which address the complex issues they face in the provision of eldercare services.
3.) Attendees will engage in activities focusing on situations which they are likely to encounter with colleagues, clients, and family members in the provision of eldercare services.

 

PRESENTERS:Sister Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD

1.) Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD is the former Vice President for Mission at the Catholic Health Association of America of the United States and Ethicist for Unity Health, St. Louis, MO. Sr. Pat is recognized nationally for her expertise in the ethics of eldercare services.

 

Dr. Robert Yanoshak, DO

2.) Robert Yanoshak, DO is a physician in the Geisinger Health System and is well-known in the larger healthcare community. Dr. Yanoshak has specialties in family medicine, hospice, and palliative care.

 

 

Bridget Durkin, MBE, MD

 

3.) Bridget Durkin, MBE, MD, a former resident of West Pittston, PA, is a Resident Physician in Internal and Primary Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System. She has degrees in bioethics (MBE, University of Pennsylvania) and classics / theater (BA, Princeton University).
Dr. Durkin will perform her one-woman original drama “The Art of Dying.”

 

The symposium will include presentations, a dramatic presentation, and a concluding panel discussion with the presenters.
The symposium fee is $50, which will include materials, professional CEU’s (Nursing and Social Work), and lunch.

The fee is $25 for attending the symposium without the CEU’s.

Students attend free.

Pre-registration and payment are required on or before Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.

For further details, questions, and/or to register (checks should be made out to Misericordia University) contact:
Dr. Jim Calderone, NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University, McAuley Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas PA 18612, (570) 674-6209.

 

 

 

Agenda

 

8:15-8:45 AM: Registration (Mini Bagels and Fruit Served in the Mercy Center River’s Room)
 

8:45-9:00 AM: Welcome / Goals / Objectives / Overview Of The


Day in the Mercy Center River’s Room
 

9:00-10:15 AM: Dr. Brigid Durkin’s Play, “The Art Of Dying” In Mercy Center Rivers Room For Introduction; Then To The Mercy Center Chapel For The Play/ Followed By Q & A
 

10:15-10:30 AM: Break
 

10:30 AM-12:00 Noon: Dr. Robert Yanochak’s Presentation, “Practical Issues in Providing Ethical Palliative Elder Care” / Followed by Q & A in the Mercy Center River’s Room
 

12:15-12:45 PM: Deli Buffet Lunch in River’s Room in the Mercy Center River’s Room
 

12:45-2:00 PM: Sr. Pat Talone’s Presentation, “Bear One Another’s Burdens -- Moral Dilemmas for Caregivers in Elder Care” In the Mercy Center River’s Room / Followed By


Q & A
 

2:00-2:15 PM: Break
 

2:15-3:15 PM: Questions & Answer Time / Discussion in the Mercy Center River’s Room
 

3:15-3:30 PM: Program Evaluations / Concluding Statements / Reception of CEU Certificates in the Mercy Center River’s Room

 

 

 

 

Letter from Director, Dr. James Calderone - July 2018

Letter from Director of Ethics Institute:

Cherishing human life and believing in the inherent dignity of every individual are values found in most, perhaps all, serious ethical frameworks worldwide. In addition, these two values are ordinarily ranked at or near the top by societies which consider themselves to be humane.

As Members of the Board of the NE PA Ethics Institute at Misericordia University, we affirm the primacy of these values, and we object strongly to the current policies which have been and continue to be implemented by United States government agencies responsible for working with people seeking asylum at our southern border.

In particular, the detention of asylum seekers, the separation of families, the lack of a structure for a swift unification of families, and the use of national policy to further political goals at the expense of creating long-lasting human harm are all unacceptable for a nation which upholds human rights.

We urge all to express their concerns to our representatives about a national environment where policies and practices subordinate human dignity and human welfare and elevate an unhealthy fear and a retaliatory defensiveness in the “promotion of national security.” Disrespect of the values that we as Americans hold as ideals, such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” should never be tolerated, especially in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

We hope that the powerful phrases (from Emma Lazarus’ 1903 poem, “The New Colossus”) which are written on a plaque at the foundation of our Statue of Liberty are still written deep in the heart of every American:

…Bring me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, and the tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Respectfully,

Dr. James M. Calderone, Director

On Behalf of THE BOARD MEMBERS OF THE NE PA ETHICS INSTITUTE AT MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY

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Previous Honorees 1994 - 2014

Previous Honorees 1994 - 2013:

PAST RECIPIENTS OF ETHICS AWARD

1994 Allan Kluger

1995 Sister Siena Finley, RSM

1996 Tom Bigler

1997 Buddy Rothstein

1998 Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM and Sister Lucille Brislin, RSM

1999 Thomas Pugh

2000 Habitat for Humanity

2001 Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn

2002 St. Joseph's Center

2003 Rev. Thomas J. O'Hara, CSC

2004 Children's Service Center

2005 Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco, Sr.

2006 State Senator Charles D. Lemmond

2007 The Board and Staff of the Commission on Economic Opportunity

2008 The Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton

2009 Patrice and Joseph Persico

2010 The People of Luzerne County Who Strive for an Ethical Community

2011 Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D. and Sr. Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.

2012 Mr. Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A. and Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E.

2013 Mr. Rodrigo "Rod" Gereda

2014 Christine Somers, M.S.W., D. Min.

Other programs sponsored by Ethics Institute

Other programs sponsored by Ethics Institute:

Additional Programming by the Ethics Institute have included:

Geisinger Health System in conjunction with the Geisinger Ethics Committee and support from The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Social Media in Health Care: Ethical Challenges and Clinical Possibilities", October 4, 2013, at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

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Geisinger Health System in conjunction with the Geisinger Ethics Committee and The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Ethical Issues in Healthcare: Bridging the Cultural Divide", October 2, 2011, at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

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"Ethical Perspectives on Elder Care" that was held on April 26th, 2007, at Luzerne County Community College's Educational Conference Center.

Twelve informative lectures on a wide spectrum of topics were presented by experts in geriatric care.

Lecturers' topics included dementia, elder abuse, cultural diversity, technology, spiritual care, moral dilemmas and legal issues that arise in the care of the elderly.


The Geisinger Health System and the Ethics Institute of Northeastern PA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Choices at the End of Life: Facing Medical & Ethical Dilemmas", April 27th, 2006, at East Mountain Inn, Wilkes Barre, PA.


Jane Randel, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Liz Claiborne, Inc., presented the program, "Is there a Role for Business in Addressing Domestic Violence?", November 9th, 2005.

Randel who is director of Liz Claiborne's award-winning, cause marketing program aimed at generating awareness, educating the public, and preventing violence against women.

Jane Randel spoke on how employers have unique opportunities to provide tools, assistance, and resources to employees to prevent and remedy situations causing emotional and physical violence in the home.

Ethics Institute Board Members

Ethics Institute Board Members:

The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University was established in 1987 by Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community professionals and leaders from the Wyoming Valley who wished to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. It is an institute directed by regional leaders and educators who are committed to the discussion of ethical issues both theoretical and practical. The institute encourages responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation and it facilitates the process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums.

Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members

Dr. James Calderone

Sr. Carol Gallagher, R.S.M.

Mr. Joseph DeVizia

Ms. Kathleen Gelso

Mr. Howard Grossman

Ms. Karen Holcomb

Rabbi Roger Lerner

Ms. Alejandra Marroquin

Mr. Rick Miller

Dr. Gary Mrozinski

Mrs. Barbara Quinn

Atty. Eileen Reilly

Dr. Paul Reinert

Mr. Rodrigo Gereda

Associate Board Members

Ms. Rita Boyle

Reb. Michael Bryant

Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy

Mr. William Jones

Ms. Elly Miller

Dr. Henry Nardone

 

Ms. Kristine Pruett

 

Dr. Margarita Rose

Dr. Charles Zola

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