Center News Archive

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

BB.Glidewell Awardarbara Glidewell, Senior Scholar with the Center for Ethics in Health Care and Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at OHSU, was inducted into the Beaverton High School (BHS) Lifetime Hall of Achievement. BHS is celebrating its 100th Centennial year and hosted a ceremony and dinner on February 11, 2017 to honor an esteemed inductee from each graduating class.

Barbara's leadership and achievements at OHSU and far beyond were the basis for her selection to represent the class of 1961 in receiving the Hall of Achievement award. We congratulate Barbara on her award and express our gratitude for her continuing achievements as an outstanding teacher with the Center for Ethics in Health Care.

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

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 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.

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

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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. 

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.

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.