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Deutscher appointed bioethicist at St. Paul’s Hospital


SASKATOON — Mary Deutscher has been appointed to the position of bioethicist at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) in Saskatoon. She fills the position left vacant after the departure of Joy Mendel.

As ethicist, Deutscher will work with and for the faith-based institutional members of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) in urban and rural Saskatchewan, and in a collaborative partnership with the Saskatoon Regional Healthy Authority, said Jean Morrison, president and CEO of St. Paul’s.

The ethicist works in the context of a Mission Integration team of SPH — which includes leading Catholic health care facilities — in the ongoing development, implementation, evaluation and integration of ethics support services as well as some potential ethics research, said Morrison.

Deutscher received her doctoral degree in philosophy, public policy; and her BA (with High Honours) in philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan; and she holds a master’s degree in public ethics from the University of Ottawa.

She recently worked as a Clinical Ethics Fellow for the Centre for Clinical Ethics in Toronto, and presented workshops in various locations among several provinces on “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada.” Her presentations have also included “Ethics of Human Reproduction” and “Ethical Decision-Making in Health Care.”

Deutscher brings experiences in clinical and organizational ethics, which she has obtained through her graduate programs, serving as hospital chaplain, her volunteer activities and role on the St. Paul’s Hospital Ethics Committee; and the work she completed with the palliative care team at St. Paul’s Hospital.

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