Clinical Ethics

The Clinical Ethics Center at Memorial Medical Center was established in 1995 in cooperation with the Department of Medical Humanities of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The Clinical Ethics Center was created in response to the increasing importance of ethics to the daily work of the Medical Center. This importance is reflected in the steady increase in requests for ethics consultations that the Human Values and Ethics Committee has received, the increased emphasis on patient rights in the Joint Commission's accreditation guidelines, and in the significant structural changes health care is currently experiencing.


  • Barbara Hinze, Ph.D, Clinical Ethicist
  • Sarah J. Russe, DBe, Clinical Ethicist
  • Andrew Varney, M.D., Medical Director

Ethics Center staff provides a variety of services within Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine. Services include; case consultation, education/conferences, and public speaking.

Contact Information

Clinical Ethics Center
Memorial Medical Center
701 North First Street, Mailbox 42
Springfield, IL 62781
Office: 217-757-2353
Fax: 217-757-2359