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For at least three reasons, 2022 promises to be an INTERESTING year in West Virginia healthcare ethics. First, in the Legislature’s 2022 regular session, Senate and House members are introducing bills that will significantly revise the living will, medical power of attorney, and combined living will/medical power of attorney advance directives. Second, WV ethics committees are reporting that healthcare professional MORAL DISTRESS is at an all-time high. Third, the lingering pandemic continues to challenge those in healthcare with regard to visitation policies, responding to potentially inappropriate treatment, and prioritization of limited healthcare personnel and resources.

To prepare WVNEC members to understand and use the new advance directives and address moral distress and challenges from the pandemic in their institutions, WVNEC will draw on its interdisciplinary panel of experts in ethics, law, medicine, nursing, social work, and pastoral care and do the following:

  1. hold quarterly webinars;
  2. address these topics in each WVNEC Newsletter which is published four times per year;
  3. focus on these issues in its day-long 34th Annual Symposium May 6, 2022 at the Stonewall Resort; and
  4. respond to questions from members and assist with resolving ethical issues in patient care.

If you are already a WVNEC member, this year is one in which your membership renewal will be particularly valuable. If you have let your membership lapse, this is the year to rejoin WVNEC. If you have never been a WVNEC member, strongly consider becoming a part of this vibrant and valuable network this year.

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 2022, 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