SAGE: Southern and Central Illinois Advisory Group for Ethics
A Leading Provider of Ethics Education and Training in Ethics Consultation
Ethical and legal dilemmas in medicine have increased in number over the past decade. SAGE was created as a response to the growing number of institutions requesting professional assistance with these difficult and morally challenging issues. Professional ethics education and advice is becoming crucial to the provision of quality healthcare services.
SAGE was founded on a commitment to providing equal access to high-quality services and professional ethics experts without the high cost of starting and maintaining a professional ethics education center. Building on best practices, SAGE provides comprehensive guidance, benchmarks and custom tools for fully integrating ethics, networking opportunities and principled performance at both institutional and individual levels. The program:
- Provides speakers, educational programs, and educational resources to healthcare facilities and providers.
- Advances the development of institutional ethics committees through education and guided self-assessment.
- Promotes networking between individuals and institutions by sharing information and resources among members.
- Encourages activities to strengthen and widen interest and expertise in clinical ethics.
- Assists the achievement of organizational goals by creating real-life examples of Ethical Leadership.
The professional staff at the Clinical Ethics Education Center provide administrative and technical expertise to SAGE members. The Clinical Ethics Education Center was established in 1995 as a joint effort between Memorial Health System and the department of Medical Humanities at SIU School of Medicine. Since that time, the Center has actively participated in thousands of ethics consultations and coordinated educational programs for community organizations, medical students, residents, physicians and staff. Add to this three full-time and one part-time PhD-trained ethicists, and you have a dynamic ethics education center uniquely designed to meet the challenges of modern healthcare.