We provide ethics consultation support for all of the hospitals in the M Health Fairview system. We help educate teams across system hospitals using a number of strategies, including bedside teaching, educational forums on issues raised by site ethics committees, and webinars on common challenges across the system. We also conduct background research and provide input on system policies and on organizational ethics issues, working with the system’s Clinical Ethics Council.
Debra DeBruin, PhD, oversees the clinical ethics work. Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HEC-C, and Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH, serve as the system-wide clinical ethics consultation co-leads; they also co-chair the ethics committee at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Jaime Konerman-Sease, PhD, HEC-C, and Justin Penny, DO, MD, also serve as clinical ethicists.