On July 1, 2015, Albert Schorsch, III, PhD, succeeded Rev. William Blazek, SJ, MD, FACP as Integritas Institute Director.
On April 9, Gretchen Winter, J.D., delivered an afternoon business ethics lecture on the topic “Professional Responsibility for Individual Hearts and Minds.”
Winter is executive director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Winter received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
On April 18, the Institute held its annual bioethics symposium. This year’s topic was “Conscience and Religious Freedom in Healthcare.”
Winter is exeRobin Pieurcci, MD, led the event with a talk on “Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice.” Pieurcci is a praciting neonatologist and medical annual bioethics symposium. This year’s topic was “Conscience and Religious Freedom in
Pieurcci is a practicing neonatologist and medical director of the 50 bed NICU at Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is an associate professor at Western Michigan University/Michigan State University Medical School. In addition to being board certified in general pediatrics and neonatology, Pierucci has a masters degree in medical ethics.
On March 11, esteemed business professionals addressed the topic: “Business Ethics, Professionalism and the Workplace” during a daylong symposium at UIC. Watch the videos.
In the morning, Joan Moore, a certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer and coach and owner of Leader By Design, discussed “Ethical Decision Making: Applied Cases from the Workplace.” Next us was Jeffrey Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA, LLC from Dec. 1, 2012 to Oct. 15, 2014, addressing the topice “Professionalism in Corporate Life and It’s Relationship to Values and Faith.”
Harry Kraemer, an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners and a clinical professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, delivered the keynote “Becoming a Values‐based Leader.”
Helen Dietz, MD, presented at the first bioethics lunchtime lecture of the semester. Her topic was Pioneer Advocates of Maternal-Child Health
The lecture explored the importance of maternal-child healthcare as well as the history of La Leche, an international organization devoted to maternal-child healthcare.
On Oct. 27, Dr. Kevin Embach, SJ, a physician and a Jesuit scholastic whose specialty is internal medicine, gave an analysis of the Catholic Church’s stance of abortion and contraception and how it supports both women and their unborn children. He will also provide an introduction into natural law and how it affects how people practice medicine.
Embach is a member of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottsville, Virginia, and completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
He is currently an assistant professor of medicine at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Embach also has a certificate in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.
On Oct. 21 a special agent from the FBI’s White Collar Crime Division delivered a business ethics lecture to on the topic of White Collar Crime: Societal and Personal Costs.
On Oct. 14, Lisa Anderson-Shaw delivered a lunchtime lecture on Bioethics at the Bedside: A Case-Based Discussion of The Principles of Bioethics and Utility in Health Care Decision Making. The talk centered on the application of the basic principles of bioethics (respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice) and utility that are often very useful in real-time health care decision making – for patients, family members and clinical staff.
Anderson-Shaw, DrPH, MA, MSN, serves as director of the Clinical Ethics Consult Service at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. She helped design and implement the current hospital based consult service, conducts most of the clinical case consultations and helped develop the consult service secured web-board for case consultation review by her peers.
She has been a member of the UIMC Ethics Committee since 1989 and currently serves as the committee co-chair. She is a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago Research Institutional Review Board No.1. She is a licensed and board certified Advance Practice Nurse in the State of Illinois, with over 30 years of nursing experience, most of which has been in the critical care areas.
Anderson-Shaw is an assistant clinical professor at UIC School of Nursing and UIC School of Medicine. She is a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University, Chicago, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate clinical ethics and health policy courses. In addition, she is a member of the Ethics Committee and provides clinical ethics consultation service to MacNeal Health Systems in Berwyn and to RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale and Chicago.
She is on the Executive Leadership Task Force for POLST-Illinois, (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) working with stake holders all over Illinois to establish the POLST program for the Illinois Department of Public Health. She is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs.
Anderson-Shaw has been published extensively, including the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, Chest, The American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Nursing Administration’s Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, and Bone Marrow Transplantation and the Journal of NeuroOncology. She is on the editorial board for CHART – Journal of Nursing in Illinois and reviews for Critical Care Medicine, Transplant, American Journal of Bioethics, The American Journal of Transplantation, Journal of the Rural Healthcare Association, and the Journal of Pediatrics. She is a frequent speaker at national and international bioethics meetings.
Elizabeth Yore, Esq. kicked off Integritas Institute’s fall business ethics lecture series on Sept. 25 at the St. John Paul II Newman Center. Yore addressed the topic The Big Business of Human Trafficking: Hiding in Plain Sight. Watch the talk.
Elizabeth Yore was special counsel to Harpo, Inc., Oprah Winfrey’s production company and was general counsel of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She also served as general counsel and director of the International Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia. She was involved in a number of international child exploitation investigations in Europe and human trafficking cases.
Yore’s talk addressed the business of human trafficking, the exploitation of women and children and the ethical issues that arise from this business process.
Wrap up of Spring 2014
The spring semester brought with it a flurry of activity for the Integritas Institute at the Blessed John Paul II Newman Center at UIC .
At the start of the semester a team began updates and improvements to the institute’s website — www.integritasinstitute.org — and social media efforts. The site now features news on past events, information about upcoming events along with introductions to staff and the board of directors. Links are now available to key Catholic Church documents in the areas of health care and business ethics that provide visitors important background in the two focal points for the institute.
Efforts are also underway to post audio of the institute’s past lectures online and to publish a history of the institute.
On Feb. 11 Wintrust Financial CEO Ed Wehmer spoke to more than 100 students about ethics and the Great Recession.
Wehmer explored his ideas for the cause behind the Great Recession of 2009 and what could have or should have been done better. He also encouraged the students to be honest and to develop a good work ethic to take with them into the working world.
Not only is Wehmer a leader in the local and national banking world, he is a longtime leader in the Catholic community, serving for many years on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s financial council and is currently one of the co-chairs of the archdiocese’s $350 million “To Teach Who Christ Is” campaign, which was launched to bolster the viability of Catholic education locally.
On Ash Wednesday, March 5, members of the Sisters of Life in New York visited institute staff and students for Mass and gave a presentation about their community, which is a contemplative and active religious community of women founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life.
On March 19, institute director Jesuit Father William Blazek, MD, delivered a lunchtime talk to 30 faculty and staff of UIC on the introduction of several ethical theories and the strengths and weaknesses of arguments for and against embryonic stem cell research. The latter was delivered in the context of the broader medical debate over the moral status of the human embryo. Attendees expressed interest in future lunch gatherings on the fundamentals of clinical bioethics.
The institute’s semester work culminated in the April 4 daylong bioethics symposium hosted by the institute and supported this year by generous donors including the Blue Island Community Healthcare Foundation, the Catholic Medical Association, the Hektoen Institute, Relevant Radio and the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Under the theme “Women’s Health Care in Clinical Practice,” Drs. Robert Lawler, Julie Mickelson, Julie Schuller, Angela Lanfranchi and Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., delved into current medical issues in arenas such as fertility and infertility, risks in pharmaceutical contraception and risks in assessing breast cancer. More than 150 people attended the symposium.