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Copley Hosts April 8th Discussion of Ethical Issues in Hastened Death

March 10, 2015

Morrisville – How do you respond when your patient says they are done, they just want to die? Copley Hospital’s Ethics Committee welcomes UVMC’s Medical Director of Clinical Ethics Robert Macauley to speak about the ethical issues in hastened death. At this April 8th meeting, Dr. Macauley will cover ethical issues related to requests for hastened death such as Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED). The evening talk will also touch upon practical responses to requests for hastened death as well as a review of federal and state laws dealing with refusal of treatment and the request for hastened death. The discussion is recommended for healthcare providers (primary care, nurses, and physician assistants), home health staff and behavioral counselors.

The April 8th discussion begins at 5:30pm in the Stevens Conference Room at Copley Hospital (2nd floor of the Health Center Building). Registration is required by contacting Louise Feldman at 888-8391 or email


About Copley’s Ethics Committee

Copley Hospital’s Ethics Committee is a standing committee of the Copley Hospital Board of Trustees. Physicians, nurses, clergy, administrators, trustees and interested community members serve on the committee. Its role is to help patients and families, physicians, and hospital staff be informed and supported when making difficult ethical health-related decisions. A patient, family member, physician or staff member may request a consultation with the Ethics Committee if they are struggling with a difficult decision for a loved one or patient. The Committee does not make decisions; rather they act as advisors providing guidance and perspective on individual patient care. The entire process is completely confidential.