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UMD to Host Listening Session on Minnesota Compassionate Care Act

Chris Eaton  
Charlie Bateman  
Barbara Elliott  

A listening session on the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act will be held Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 pm in Room 118 in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics on the UMD campus. This event is free and open to the public. The media is invited to attend this session.

Senator Chris Eaton will host the session. Charlie Bateman, LSBE adjunct faculty member, and Barb Elliott, University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth Campus faculty member, will be on the panel to answer questions about the implications of the bill.

The Minnesota Compassionate Care Act was introduced in the Minnesota state legislature in 2015. Briefly, the Act entails, “ ...the medical practice of a physician prescribing medication to a qualified patient who is terminally ill, which medication a qualified patient may self-administer to bring about the patient's own death.”

Access the full act.

Chris Eaton currently serves in the Minnesota State Senate representing Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. She is a registered nurse and a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She was director of Health Services at Mental Health Resources from 2009-2012. She previously worked as a nurse at the Ramsey County Mental Health Initiative from 1998 to 2008 and as a nurse and human services tech at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center from 1991 to 1998.

Charlie Bateman teaches health law and ethics at UMD. He studied economics at the University of Michigan and studied law at the University of Michigan Law School. He practiced law in Duluth starting in 1980 until his retirement and has tried cases all over Northeastern Minnesota.

Barbara Elliott is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth Campus, where she teaches medical ethics. She also serves local hospitals as an ethics consultant and committee member. She is ordained in the Episcopal Church, works as a hospital chaplain in the Essentia Health System, and serves as assisting priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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LSBE is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business); LSBE recently earned continuation of accreditation. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this prestigious distinction. In Northeastern Minnesota, LSBE is the only school to have attained AACSB accreditation. Visit the LSBE homepage.  

November 2015.
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