News Release

Friday, November 04, 2005

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

CHKD To Host 16th Annual Bioethics Day

Hope: Help or Hindrance? When patient, family and medical perspectives collide.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host its 16th Annual Bioethics Day program December 1, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. This year’s program, “Hope: Help or Hindrance?”, focuses on: hope as a psychological process; opportunities to support the hope of patients and families; an ethical framework for analyzing clinical conflicts and formulating “next actions”; hope from the perspective of patient, family and caregiver; the dynamics of hope in a hospice setting; social factors that affect hope; how hope affects performance of clinical tasks. The program is designed for physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, social workers, health care administrators, clergy, allied health professionals and others interested in health care ethics. Featured presenter will be Chris Feudtner, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia whose primary focus is on improving the quality of life for children with complex chronic conditions and their families. His investigative work involves the epidemiology and health care experience of children with complex chronic conditions, with particular emphasis on palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care. He also is the director of research for the pediatric advanced care team at CHP and has lectured and written extensively on medical ethics. The conference is free; however, pre-registration is required. Continuing education credits are available. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit