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OCTOBER 26, 2002


We are very pleased to announce that our fall meeting will be held at Providence College on Saturday, October 26, 2002. Please note program details below.


 9:30 am           Coffee, pastries, and conversation
10:00 am          William Kinnaman, President: Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:05 am          Paul Leclerc, Vice-President: Introduction of Featured Speakers
10:10 am          Rosalind Ladd, Lynn Pasquerella, and Sheri Smith: Decision-Making in Medical Ethics: Context and Relationships. Discussion following
11:45 am          William Kinnaman, President: Business Meeting
                           Previous minutes and dues: Richard Olmsted, Secretary/Treasurer
                           Election of officers for 2002-2003
                           Nominees: Michael Ialacci, Providence College, for Vice-President
                           Richard Olmsted, Rhode Island College, for Secretary/Treasurer
                           Other business
12:00 pm          Lunch


We are extremely pleased to announce that three longtime members of RIPS, Rosalind Ekman Ladd, Lynn Pasquerella, and Sheri Smith, will be our featured speakers. Dr. Ladd is Professor of Philosophy, Emerita, at Wheaton College (MA) and currently Lecturer in Pediatrics in the Brown University Medical School. Dr. Pasquerella is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island. And Dr. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Rhode Island College.

Professors Ladd, Pasquerella, and Smith have recently co-authored a work in medical ethics entitled Ethical Issues in Home Health Care* in which they present a variety of fictionalized case studies based on interviews conducted with home health care nurses. Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of the main areas of concern for home health care nurses. Focusing on specific cases, it offers analysis and discussion of the ethical issues, cites legal requirements where relevant, and summarizes ethical criteria and practical strategies. Its goal is the development of a keen sensitivity to ethical questions and skill in the critical thinking process that leads to careful, reasoned decisions about what to do. Hence the title of their presentation: Decision-Making in Medical Ethics: Context and Relationships.

The recent rise of medical cost-containing measures, continual advances in medical technology, and the resultant proliferation of treatment options is perplexing to patients and their caregivers. The detailed research and ethical recommendations of Professors Ladd, Pasquerella, and Smith brings an important philosophical perspective to these perplexing and often pressing medical issues. As such, their presentation promises to evoke a stimulating philosophical discussion of the ethical issues pertinent to home health care.

* Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 2002.

RSVP (Lunch)

Please RSVP by October 19 to:

Gail Philport
Philosophy Department
Providence College
Phone: (401) 865-2335
Fax: (401) 865-1449


Providence College
549 River Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02918-0001

From Boston and Points North: Follow I-95 to Providence; leave the expressway at exit 23 (Charles Street). Turn right on Charles Street and continue to the blinking lights over the railroad bridge. Turn left onto Admiral Street and proceed through the second traffic light. Turn left onto Huxley Avenue and continue to the College entrance.

From Connecticut and Points South: Follow I-95 to Providence and take exit 23 (State Offices). Take a right off the ramp and bear right at the fork onto Douglas Avenue (Route 7). Follow Douglas Avenue for approximately one mile and turn left onto Eaton Street. Proceed to the first traffic light and turn right onto Huxley Avenue and continue to the College entrance.

Moore Hall: The security officer at the entrance will direct you to the parking lot. From there, walk up the hill (cemetery on left). Moore Hall is the first building at the top of the hill on the left.


Plan now to attend the spring RIPS meeting in March. Details will be forthcoming.