Fall Conference 2013

Affirming an Ethic of Care:
The Social Nature of Healthcare
October 4, 2013

Fall Conference 2013 Brochure


8:00 a.m.Registration and Refreshments
8:45 a.m.Morning Prayer with Catholic Health Association of Ontario
9:00 a.m.Welcoming Remarks
9:10 a.m.Opening Address
Dr. David R. Kuhl
What We Know, Cures; Who We Are, Heals
10:10 a.m.Question and Answer Period
10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m.Presentation
Josie Walsh
The Social Nature of Managing Patient Flow
11:45 a.m.Question and Answer Period
12:00 p.m.Lunch with Musical Interlude
1:00 p.m.Presentation
Kirby Kranabetter
Six Months Behind Bedrails: A Patient’s Perspective on Good Care
2:00 p.m.Question and Answer Period
2:15 p.m.Refreshment Break
2:30 p.m.Closing Address
Dr. Barry Hoffmaster
The Social Nature of Bioethics
3:30 p.m.Question and Answer Period
3:50 p.m.Closing Comments


David R. Kuhl, MD, MHSc, PhD
Director, Centre for Practitioner Renewal, Providence Health Care, Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
What We Know, Cures; Who We Are, Heals
The challenges faced by healthcare providers are varied: economic restraint and restructuring, rapidly developing technologies, increased patient complexity and an aging population, to name a few. Healthcare is generally based on a business model of efficiency. The work we do is based on relationships. How are healthcare providers sustained in the work place? What is the effect of being in the presence of suffering? What might be regarded as healing, repairing or restoring resilience in the healthcare workplace? How do we know and understand ourselves, our relationship to others (patients, families and colleagues) and our relationship with the work we do? This presentation will focus on the complexity of relationships in the healthcare work place.

Josie Walsh, RN, MHSc, CHE
President and CEO, Providence Healthcare, Toronto
The Social Nature of Managing Patient Flow
In 2009, to help meet the increasingly challenging needs of the healthcare system, significant change was needed. Patients were experiencing too many inefficient transitions and hand-offs as they moved from acute care through to rehabilitation and finally home. Patient flow and patient outcomes suffered across the system. Providence’s solution involved transformation of each of the hospital units. This was an innovative, new approach to help more people access the right care in the right place at the right time. Three key principles guided our approach: Partnerships and relationship-building with health service providers and funders; meaningful engagement with patients and their families and frontline clinicians; and the patient care experience – hearing the voice of the patient, with a focus on quality and safety. Success would be achieved by capitalizing on the value of the social nature of healthcare and in the creation of tight personal connections with people at each stage of the patient journey.

Kirby Kranabetter, MA
Director of Mission, Ethics and Client Relations, Bruyère Continuing Care, Ottawa
Six Months Behind Bedrails: A Patient’s Perspective on Good Care
What constitutes good care? How much are hope and despair woven within the care we receive? In this presentation I share my perspective on life in a healthcare institution following my diving accident which left me a quadriplegic. What worked well and not so well, and what are the implications for healthcare practitioners.

Barry Hoffmaster, PhD
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, London
The Social Nature of Bioethics
Moral philosophy is an abstract theoretical exercise. Bioethics is a practical social endeavor. To be legitimate and successful, a social morality such as bioethics must be rational. This presentation outlines a process-based, socially oriented theory of reason for individual decision making, institutional design, and policy making and uses real examples to illustrate the operation of this rationality in how children discover, despite a conspiracy of silence, that they have cancer and are dying and how moral compromise is used in the design of a policy for allocating kidneys from deceased donors for transplantation.

Registration Information

Registration Fee:
(Includes Lunch and Refreshment Breaks)
Regular Rate: $150.00
Reduced Rate: $75.00
Seniors, Full-Time Students, CHAO Conference Registrants, & CCE Affiliates
(Centre for Clinical Ethics Affiliates include: Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Runnymede Healthcare Centre, St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton, Toronto Grace Health Centre, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and West Park Healthcare Centre)

Please make cheque(s) payable to:
Centre for Clinical Ethics

For more information please contact:
Lynda Sullivan, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Telephone: (416) 530-6750
Fax: (416) 530-6621
E-mail: lsullivan@stjoestoronto.ca

For hotel reservations please call:
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville
90 Bloor Street East (at Yonge)
(416) 961-8000

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