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Press Release: Salesian Center To Discuss End of Life Decisions
Date: 1/10/2006

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Salesian Center To Discuss End of Life Decisions

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University will present "A Healthcare Dilemma: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?" - a forum on the crucial, often heart breaking decisions that need to be made for terminally ill patients, who makes them, and the morality and ethics behind those decisions, - at 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 23, in the Arena Stage at the Labuda Center at DeSales University.

Guest panelists from medicine, law and ethics will look at the ongoing debate. Panelists include: Georgine A. Olexa, Esq., a medical malpractice defense, institutional and physician risk management and general litigation attorney with law firm Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, in Allentown, Pa.; the Reverend John Hilferty, director of Pastoral Care Services and Chair of the Ethics Committee, Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, Pa.; and Dr. John Patterson, network chief of emergency medicine, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, Pa.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Heritage Week, a week of events and celebrations designed to honor the College's patron saint, Francis de Sales. The night's theme is a nod to the legacy of St. Francis de Sales as a Christian humanist.

"End of life decisions are overwhelming," said Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. "They can be quite painful for the families involved, especially if someone has to act as a proxy in making life and death decisions. These decisions have to integrate medical advice, legal issues, and the wishes of the patient. And how does one balance the variety of personal goods, such as physical well-being or spiritual growth or familial care and concern? As medical technology grows more adept at keeping people alive, these multiple concerns will factor into the healthcare decisions we have to make."

The event is presented by the Baranzano Society, a dialogue group of scholars and professionals who explore the mutual and dynamic interchange between science and religion. The primary focus of the group's work is the investigation of contemporary issues in bioethics, with a view toward promoting critical discernment on the values of human life.

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs.

For more information on the program, contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244. To learn more about the Salesian Center, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University home page at www.desales.edu.

Press Release: Salesian Center To Discuss End of Life Decisions | Posted on: 1/10/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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