The Vermont Ethics Network website contains information and resources on advance directives, health care decision making, and current topics related to health care ethics, end-of-life care, palliative care and pain management.
News & Events
Spring Palliative Care Conference
Practical Solutions: Addressing the palliative, pain management & end-of-life care needs of seriously ill patients.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
- Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE—professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore who teaches extensively on topics of pain management and end-of-life care.
- Thomas Strouse, MD – Medical Director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA whose clinical expertise is in the psychiatric aspects of medical illness and cancer pain management.
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The 43rd Meeting of the New Hampshire-Vermont Hospital Ethics Committee Network: Clinical Ethics Consultation in the 21st Century
Monday, April 4th. 12-4pm
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
NOTE: The Rural Ethics Network meeting will be from 10:30-11:30am in Auditorium E; please join us for a discussion of local ethics committee needs and issues of interest.
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December 2015 - With Great Appreciation!
On behalf of the Vermont Ethics Network we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the anonymous donor who made an exceptionally generous gift to the Vermont Ethics Network in 2015. As a small non-profit organization, VEN relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations to support our work. Our longevity and service to the Vermont community for the past 30 years would not be possible without these kinds of contributions and for that, we are sincerely grateful.
TAKING STEPS – An Advance Care Planning Initiative
Advance Care Planning is for Everyone! In times of critical illness or injury when individuals have lost their decision making capacity, there is nothing more valuable than having an advance directive to guide your family and healthcare team.
Take this opportunity to begin the conversation and plan for your future health care needs. Start Now!
Take your FIRST STEP in the advance care planning process and appoint a health care agent.
FRONTLINE Teams with Atul Gawande to Explore Being Mortal
On February 10, 2015 Dr. Gawande brought his personal journey—and the stories of his patients and their families—to life, challenging us all to reexamine how we think about death and dying.
Watch the PBS Documentary
Going Your Way
According to a new End-of-Life Guide from consumer reports, a good death can be hard to achieve without advance planning.Read More at Consumer Reports
Articles & News
- February 6, 2016: The New York Times -- Not Just a Death, a System Failure, by Barbara Moran
- January 19, 2016: The New York Times -- Is It Better to Die in America or in England?, by Ezekial J. Emanuel and Justin E. Bekelman
- December 16, 2015: The Boston Globe -- A Parting Lesson from My Parents, by Andrew Dreyfus
- December 1, 2015: Kaiser Health News -- Aid-In-Dying Laws Only Accentuate Need For Palliative Care, Providers Say, by Anna Gorman
- November 20, 2015: The New York Times -- A Quiet End to the ‘Death Panels’ Debate, by Paula Span
- October 30, 2015: The New York Times -- New Medicare Rule Authorizes “End-of-Life” Consultations, by Robert Pear