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For 2021 the Advisory Committee of the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees (WVNEC) has developed a plan to strengthen ethics consultation knowledge and skills of ethics committees and to improve advance care planning, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new sense of urgency on the part of West Virginians to document their treatment wishes for the future (see attached article).

To implement this plan, WVNEC will hold quarterly webinars on key topics from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) core competencies for healthcare ethics consultation series, include articles on these topics and test questions in the quarterly WVNEC newsletters, and invite as a plenary speaker for the annual WVNEC symposium (to be held virtually in 2021) a senior member of the ASBH’s Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee which developed the Healthcare Ethics Consultation Certification process and examination.

WVNEC will also invite as a plenary speaker for the 2021 annual symposium a thought leader in advance care planning who has developed innovative materials for advance care planning that are health literacy-friendly and that you can use in your healthcare setting.

WVNEC is one of the largest and most active ethics committee networks in the United States.  WVNEC has representation from a variety of healthcare institutions and disciplines that enable us to work collaboratively, across continuums of care, to address and anticipate potential ethical issues.  To be responsive to the needs of our membership, WVNEC will continue its popular and economical “no travel necessary” educational programs using the zoom webinar format.  These case-based programs are led by experienced professionals and provide an opportunity for robust discussion enabling your staff to remain current on challenging ethical and legal issues in patient care.

Your 2021 membership in the WVNEC will provide you with the following benefits:      

  • the opportunity to network with ethics committee members from across the state;
  • telephone consultation for information and help with ethical issues in your institution;
  • a complete toolkit for ethics committees and consultants on the WVNEC website (undergoing revision);
  • member discounts for all educational programs;
  • e-newsletters to inform members of the latest developments in ethical issues in the state and country;
  • current information on implementing West Virginia health law; and
  • assistance in drafting policies on ethics-related issues.

We hope that you will continue to be a part of this vital organization.  A membership form is enclosed

How to Join
The yearly membership dues will be $150 for institutions with annual gross revenues of less than $500,000 per year, $250 for those institutions with $600,000 to $5,000,000 per year, and $350 for those institutions in excess of $5,000,000 annual gross revenues. Individual membership will be $25. If you wish to join the Network for 2019, please completing an  Institutional Membership Form or an  Individual Membership Form and send along with your check payable to the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees.

Please return to:
West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees
64 Medical Center Drive
PO Box 9022
Morgantown, WV 26506-9022