News Release

Monday, November 22, 2004

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

CHKD Hosts 15th Annual Bioethics Day

“Medical Limitations…Healing Opportunities”

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host its 15th Annual Bioethics Day December 9, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. This year’s program, “Medical Limitations…Healing Opportunities,” focuses on end-of-life issues and the consequences of medical limitations in caring for children and their families. Through presentations, case studies and panel discussions, participants will learn about: the definition of futility; how multiculturalism affects American life and American medicine; the varied ways parents approach life and death decisions regarding their children; facilitating communication and decision-making with adolescents with chronic or terminal illnesses; and the unique aspects of holistic pediatric palliative care. The program is designed for physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, social workers, health care administrators, clergy, allied health care professionals and others interested in health care ethics. Featured presenter will be John Lantos, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and medicine, chief of pediatrics, co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He has written and presented extensively about end-of-life decision-making in both pediatrics and geriatrics. There is no charge to attend this conference; however, pre-registration is required. Continuing education credits are available. For more information or to register call (757) 668-7500 or register online.