Ethics Committees and the Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium

The first hospital ethics committees in the nation were established in the 1970s, and the primary catalyst for their growth was the 1976 Karen Quinlan case. As the case was argued, the judge, who had read an article about ethics committees in the Baylor Law Review, remarked that cases like this belong before ethics committees rather than courts. 
In 1992, the Joint Commission – then the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – mandated that hospitals establish a clinical ethics “mechanism.” The three primary functions of ethics committees, as identified by the American Hospital Association in 1986, are to:

• Educate themselves to “do ethics”
• Develop and review hospital policies
• Consult on complex cases arising in the hospital 
In 1986, in response to numerous ethics committee members seeking opportunities to learn from each other, the Center for Practical Bioethics convened the Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium, which remains the oldest continuously operating Consortium of its kind in the nation. Through the years, the Consortium has developed guidelines in response to issues raised by members. 

Ethics Committee Workshop

The Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium is hosting a skills development workshop for ethics committee members.

Ethics Committee Workshop
Wednesday, August 22
1:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday, August 22, 2018
North Kansas City Hospital
Health Services Pavilion, Prairieview Teleconference Room
2790 Clay Edwards Drive, MO 64116

This workshop will include a landmark case study presentation, emphasizing important details for ethics committees, and conflict resolution skills development training. For chairs of ethics committees, there will be a working lunch pre-session introducing new resources for raising the profile of your ethics committee in your institution. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

Registration fee is discounted for employees and ethics committee members from member institutions.

The member institutions are:

  • HCA Midwest
  • Saint Luke’s Health System
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • University of Kansas Health System
  • Shawnee Mission Health
  • Prime Healthcare
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • Liberty Hospital
  • North Kansas City Hospital
  • Salina Regional Health Center
  • Stormont Vail Hospital
  • Visiting Nurses Association

· 12:00 pm: Working lunch for ethics committee chairs

· Matthew Pjecha & Leslie McNolty

· 1:00 pm: Welcome full ethics committee attendance

· 1:15 pm: Session 1 - Landmark Case Review

· Terry Rosell

· 2:15 pm: Break

· 2:30 pm: Session 2 - Conflict Resolution Training

· Elizabeth Esrey

· 4:00 pm: Networking Reception

· 5:00 pm: Adjourn