Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy to Host Annual Ethics Conference
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Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City will host its 2012 Ethics Conference for healthcare providers and other professionals on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Marina Inn Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

The workshop for government officials/ leaders, health care providers/administrators, social service, employers and other interested professionals will be educated regarding the changing health care system. Learn about organizational and personal responsibility for individual and community health outcomes. Hear why, as a nation, we need to change (an economic imperative) the way health care is delivered. Discussion about what roles the hospitals, medical providers and government fulfill in the coming era of change. Discussion about what consequences occur when individuals don’t take care of their own health and the impact that has to the health care system. Recognize what is already happening and what is planned locally.

Presenters at this year’s conference include:

·Kevin Barnett, DrPH, M.C.P – senior investigator at the Public Health Institute in San Francisco, CA

·Joan Quinlan, MPA – Executive Director of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement in Boston, MA

·Vondie Woodbury, MPA – Executive Director, Community Benefit Trinity Health Systems and Executive Director of the Muskegon Community Health Project in Muskegon, MI

·Bridget Booske Catlin, Ph.D. – Director of County HealthRankings and Roadmaps

·Thor Swanson, M.D. – Chair of Ethics committees at Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and family practice physician at Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City,IA

·Jim Spencer, PharmD, MAT, MSA – Executive Director of Mission Integration, Ethics & Spirituality at Mercy Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Creighton University School of Pharmacy

The cost to attend the conference is $89.

For nurses completing the entire program, 6.0 contact hours (0.60 CEUs) will be awarded. For physician completing the entire program, 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. TM

For more information on the upcoming ethics workshop, visit Mercy’s website at, or call (712) 279-2507.