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Wheeling Hospital Showing Movie Dealing with Bioethics Issues

March 13, 2017

WHEELING – An Emmy Award-winning movie that raises important bioethical questions will be shown as part of a free educational offering at Wheeling Hospital, and attendees can earn continuing education credits.

Bioethics Goes to the Movies will present “Miss Evers' Boys,” a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne and based on the true story of the decades-long Tuskegee Experiment. The film was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and won in four categories, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

It will be shown in the hospital auditorium at 6 p.m. on April 19.

Sponsored by Wheeling Hospital’s Committee on Ethics, the movie follows Eunice Evers, played by Woodard, a nurse in rural Alabama who is invited to work on a federally funded program to treat syphilis patients. Unfortunately, the project, which was known as the Tuskegee Experiment, placed Evers and the men she cared for in the middle of one of the worst medical research atrocities in U.S. history.

“The film provides the historical background that gave rise to many of the principles and frameworks that are foundational to modern bioethics,” said Dr. Valerie Satkoske, director of Ethics at Wheeling Hospital and one of the evening’s moderators. “It also raises important bioethical questions related to patient autonomy, informed consent, truth telling, cultural competence and justice, which continue to be relevant in daily bedside practice.”

The other moderator is Dr. E. Phillips Polack, chair of the Wheeling Hospital Committee on Ethics. Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains.

There will be a discussion of ethical issues before and after the movie. Popcorn, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided.

Reservations are due by April 5. To register, call Debi Watson at 304-243-3883 or email dwatson@wheelinghospital.org.

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