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Spiritual Care Symposium to Feature Thomas R. McCormick, DMin

Spiritual Care

Walla Walla General Hospital will host the 5th Annual Spiritual Care Symposium on January 30, 2015 in the hospital’s auditorium. The registration deadline is January 28, 2015.

This annual educational symposium features Thomas R. McCornick, DMin, Senior Lecturer Emeritus: Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. Dr. McCormick came to the University of Washington in 1974 to establish the Medical School’s first program in Medical Ethics. He also established a Counseling Center for UW Medical Students, where he served as the program’s director from 1985-2001. Dr. McCormick has served as an ethics consultant to the NICU, participated in the In Vitro Fertilization Project, and assisted with the cardiac transplant service at UW Medical Center. Widely published, McCormick has provided consultation and education to many regional and national organizations and ethics committees, including Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and the National Institutes of Health.

Currently Dr. McCormick holds faculty and teaching positions at the University of Washington’s School Of Medicine, Midwestern University’s School of Medicine (Glendale Branch) and at Kyorin University in Hachioji, Japan.

“The Spiritual Care Symposium exists to provide fellowship, education and skill building for those in ministry, health care and mental health professions on topics related to spirituality and health care,” says Mario DeLise, director of spiritual care at WWGH and organizer of the symposium. “One of the great things about the Symposium is the wide variety of people who attend — widely beyond the professions mentioned. It makes for a very dynamic environment that adds to the sense of community and learning that takes place.”

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 30, at Walla Walla General Hospital (1025 S. Second Ave in Walla Walla). The $25 registration fee also includes lunch. Student and group discounts are available. Continuing Education credits are also available for this symposium.

This workshop is presented by Walla Walla General Hospital and the Walla Walla University School of Social Work and Sociology. For additional information, call the WWGH Spiritual Care department at 509-527-8000, ext. 1848 or email