Center News

Erik Fromme, MD, MCR, FAAHPM, Brings His Knowledge to Taiwan


Dr. Erik Fromme in Tawain Dr. Erik Fromme is a senior scholar in the Center for Ethics in Health Care and
 a regional and national leader in palliative care. Last month, Dr. Fromme was
 invited by the Director General of the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry
 of Health and Welfare, to present at the Hua Lien Hospital Grand Rounds. Dr.
 Fromme's presentation was titled, "The evolution of hospice and palliative care in
 the U.S." The Center is very fortunate to work with Dr. Fromme. 

OHSU Director of Planned Giving, Ann Barden, Receives Prestigious Award

Barden Picture 

 Ann Barden, who has served in Planning Giving at the OHSU Foundation since 2006 and has played a  vital role in the Center's growth and development, is the recipient of the 2016 Northwest Planned Giving  Roundtable Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors her "exceptional commitment  and dedication to the planned giving effort and community." Ann has had a highly respected career of  more than 25 years in planned giving, and is widely sought after for her expertise. The Center for Ethics  is deeply grateful for the care and integrity she brings to helping our generous donors make prudent  choices about their long-term philanthropic plans.

‘Death Notification Role-Play’ Volunteers Honored

Barbie Rice & Gabe For more than 25 years the Center for Ethics has led a profound teaching exercise of how to deliver with compassion the devastating news of an unexpected death. At its 2016 graduation ceremony OHSU's Department of Medicine Residency Program honored the 'Death Notification Role-Play' volunteers for "dedicated service to residents in the practice of communication." Long-time Hopewell House and Dougy Center volunteer, Barbie Rice, served as an inspirational leader for her team, which included: Pam Arvidson, Amanda Ashley, Marianne Bratt, Sherry Farrington Green, Barbara Glidewell, Susan Hedlund, Bambi Rice, Anne Richardson, Barbara Sloop, Joan Strand, Jan Kalberer, Francis Menlove, Mary Denise Smith.

Barbara Glidewell M.B.S, to be Inducted into the Hall of Achievement at Beaverton High School

Barbara Glidewell, MBSBarbara Glidewell, Senior Scholar with the Center for Ethics in Health Care and Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at OHSU, has been notified that she is being inducted into the Hall of Achievement at Beaverton High School. Beaverton High School is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year and as a part of the celebration is selecting one member from each graduating class to induct into the Hall of Achievement to represent their class. Selection is made based on the life time accomplishments of the individual. Barbara's leadership in ethics, policy development and education not only at OHSU but throughout our region were the basis for her selection to represent the class of 1961 in receiving the Hall of Achievement award.

Phyllis Beemsterboer M.S., Ed.D is awarded rank of Professor of Medicine

Phyllis Beemsterboer M.S., Ed.DOn July 7, 2016 Dr. Phyllis Beemsterboer, Associate Director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care, was notified of the P &T Committee's decision to award her the rank of Professor of Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine.  She has long held the rank of Professor in the School of Dentistry and has used her doctorate in education to advance curriculum in ethics and professionalism in the School of Dentistry.   She has recently expanded her time in the Center for Ethics as she leads the Center's curriculum development efforts in the early phases of the creation of the Program in Compassionate Communication.  Her advancement to the rank of Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine recognizes her growing and significant contributions to medical education.

David Clarke, M.D. Receives Teaching Award from Pacific University

David Clarke, M.D David Clarke, M.D, an Assistant Director in the Center for Ethics in Health Care and moderator for the Dr. Daniel Labby Senior Clinician's Seminars, will soon be awarded the 2016 Outstanding Commitment to Physician Assistant Education from the School of Physician Assistant Studies at Pacific University.  This award honors his 20 years of teaching and mentoring PA students at Pacific University.  Being honored for education and service by another health care discipline is a special kind of honor reflecting a high level of interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Palliative Care for All: Expanding Our Reach

Barnard, Tandingan & Mavity

On June 17, 2016 the Center for Ethics in Health Care, in collaboration with PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, sponsored a statewide palliative care conference in Eugene entitled: "Palliative Care for All: Expanding Our Reach." Attended by 150 health professionals and others with a special interest in the compassionate and skillful care of people near the end of life, the conference fostered networking, colleagueship, and learning through in-depth workshops, panel presentations, and distinguished lecture presentations. David Barnard, Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care at OHSU, and Patrick Tandingan, Medical Director of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospice, co-chaired the conference, and are featured in the above photo with keynote speaker Laura Mavity. The conference received essential financial support from The Kinsman Foundation and The Storms Family Foundation.

Mary Denise Smith RN, MS, CNS Receives the Silver Hammer Award from the OHSU Department of Neurology

Mary Denise Smith RN, MS, CNSMary Denise Smith RN, MS, CNS received the Silver Hammer Award from the OHSU Department of Neurology on June 18, 2016 at a Resident Graduation ceremony. This award is presented for outstanding education by a member of a department outside of neurology by the residents who benefited from Mary Denise's exemplary palliative care leadership. Ms. Smith is an Associate Director and long-time member in the Center for Ethics.

Molly Osborne MD, PhD Receives 2015 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics

Molly L. Osborne, M.D., Ph.D.On June 23, 2016, Molly Osborne MD, PhD was notified that she is the recipient of the 2015 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics from the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care presented for unwavering commitment to education and scholarship on the national level. Dr. Osborne is a long-time Senior Scholar in the Center for Ethics and a faculty member in the School of Medicine.

26th Annual Statewide Kinsman Bioethics Conference: Sharing the Stories of Our Communities

 Dr. Kuczewski, Dr. Jansen, & Dr. Dirksen

On April 14 &15, 2016 the Center for Ethics in Health Care and Providence Center for Health Care Ethics partnered to co-sponsor the 26th annual Statewide Kinsman Bioethics Conference in Hood River titled "Sharing the Stories of Our Communities: A Conversation about Ethical Issues across Rural and Urban Health." This two day conference provided nearly 200 health care professionals and ethicists from across the state of Oregon with stimulating and enriching opportunities to deepen their knowledge about the ethical issues and challenges that cut across urban and rural healthcare settings. Lynn A. Jansen, Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education at OHSU and Kevin Dirksen Senior Clinical Ethicist at Providence co-chaired the conference and are featured in the photo with the keynote speaker Mark Kuczewski. Special appreciation goes to John Kinsman for the generous endowment he established to support the conference and to The Kinsman Foundation for their support.

Dr. Phyllis Beemsterboer Receives 2016 Faculty Senate Award for Leadership

Dr. Beensterboer awardDr. Phyllis Beemsterboer was awarded the Oregon Health &Science University 2016 Faculty Senate Award for Leadership at a luncheon on May 10, 2016. This award recognizes a faculty member who leads by example and demonstrates substantial contributions towards achieving the missions of the University.

Dr. Susan Tolle selected for 2016 Esther Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Alumni Award

In 1991, a group of medical ethicists in Oregon made a troubling discovery that patient preferences for end-of-life care expressed in advance directives were not consistently honored.

Led by Susan Tolle, M.D. '77, director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care and professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, and others, the group devised Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, translating patient preferences into medical orders that are entered into an electronic registry. 

The POLST Paradigm has been implemented in some form in 45 states. In 2014, the Institute of Medicine endorsed it. 

That same year, Dr. Tolle was awarded the MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics, one of the most prestigious national prizes in the field of ethics. She donated the $50,000 prize to the OHSU Foundation, acknowledging that it represented the work of hundreds of health care professionals in Oregon and across the country.

In 2015, Dr. Tolle was invited to write an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine discussing who should lead conversations with patients about their choices when facing advanced illness or frailty.

Who should have the difficult discussion of the goals of care with Anne, a 59-year-old woman with advanced illness?

That was the conversation prompt beneath a case vignette published Feb. 11, 2015, in the journal.

Dr. Tolle responded that patients and families need support and argued for primary care physicians to lead the conversations and provide support.

"Having conversations about the goals of care earlier in the course of an illness often affects satisfaction and the choices patients make," she said.

Read her essay on the NEJM website

Dr. Tolle continues to make significant contributions to the national conversation on "difficult discussions."

Learn more about the Lovejoy award.

Click here to view the Susan Tolle, M.D.: Ester Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Award 2016 video


Portland Business Journal: How OHSU plans to make health care more compassionate

Dr. Tolle with a patient The goal is for the Program in Compassionate Communication is to teach health care professionals the communication skills to meet the unique needs of each patient. Dr. Tolle sees three themes: patient empowerment, respect and consideration of the whole person.

Click here to view the full article written by Elizabeth Hayes.

Click here to view “The Program in Compassionate Communication: A Sea Change in Humanizing Health Care” video.

Daniel H. Labby, MD (1914- 2015)

Dr. Daniel H. LabbyTo describe Daniel Labby as a man of insatiable curiosity and boundless spirit barely does justice to the particular brand of intelligence, wisdom and grace that he so lovingly brought to his role as one of the Ethics Center’s founders.

Click here to read the tribute to Dr. Labby, written by Amanda Ashley.

Susan Tolle, M.D. on KATU's AM Northwest discussing POLST

Dr. Tolle being interviewed on AM Northwest Susan Tolle, MD was featured on KATU’s program AM Northwest. Dr. Tolle spoke with Helen Raptis, the show’s host, about the Oregon POLST Program.

Click here to watch the full interview that was posted AM Northwest’s website.

New video: Living with Life Threatening Illness Elective

The Living with Life Threatening Illness Elective, directed by David Barnard, matches medical students with a person we call their patient/teacher. This two minute video illustrates what students learn from six visits to their patient/teacher’s home.

Click here to watch the video.

Caring for the Whole Person

Bob Samuels volunteers as a Patient Teacher in the Living with Life Threatening Illness Course at OHSU. He shares his more than a decade of experience living with leukemia and calls attention to the need to look beyond the disease and care for the whole person in the context of the unique person they are and what they value most.

Click here to view a brief video of Mr. Samuels describing one of his experiences.

Dr. Susan Tolle awarded the 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics

Dr. Tolle and Dr. Siegler OHSU Center for Ethics Director, Dr. Susan Tolle, has been awarded the 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics. 

As part of the prize Dr. Tolle has received $50,000, which she has donated to the OHSU Center for Ethics. Dr. Mark Siegler, director of the MacLean Center, said it picked Tolle, a former center fellow, because of her dedication and hard work to ensure that a patient's wishes are honored at the end of life.

Click here to read the November 17th, 2014 Oregonian article about Dr. Tolle and the MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics. 

Click here to learn more about the MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics.

OMA Article: OHSU Program Helps Students Excel at End of Life Care

Click here to view the Oregon Medical Association's Fall 2015 article on the Center for Ethics Living with Life Threatening Illness course.