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In 2019 the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees (WVNEC) invites you to become an institutional member and join the 47 other West Virginia member hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and home health agencies.  WVNEC has one of the largest and most active ethics committee networks in the United States.  We have representation from a variety of healthcare institutions and individuals from a variety of healthcare disciplines that enable us to work collaboratively, across continuums of care, to address and anticipate potential ethical issues.  In order to be responsive to the needs of our membership, WVNEC will be continuing its popular and economical “no travel necessary” educational programs using the WebEx webinar format.  These programs are led by experienced professionals, are case-based, and provide an opportunity for robust discussion enabling your staff to remain current on challenging ethical and legal issues in patient care.

One of the most pressing issues being faced by ethics consultants today are those associated with the ethics of treating patients who have mental health conditions.  In order to address some of those challenges, WVNEC’s 2019 Annual Symposium will address ethical issues such as decision making capacity determinations, informed consent, and treatment refusal which arise when patients with mental health diagnoses enter the medical setting.  The Symposium will feature New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Pam Belluck, who will discuss the role that mental health advance directives can play in both protecting the rights of patients and assisting health professionals in caring for patients in a manner consistent with patient values and mental health treatment preferences.  The symposium will also feature panel case discussions, setting-specific breakout groups and more.

Your 2019 membership in the WVNCE will also 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;
  • 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 consider being a part of this vital organization.

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:
The West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees
c/o The Center for Health Ethics and Law
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
1195 Health Sciences North
PO Box 9022
Morgantown, WV 26506-9022