Maureen Cavanagh, RN, MS, MAHCM, D.Be Manager Ethics Services – St. Peter’s Health Partners

Maureen is an advanced practice nurse with over 30 years in clinical practice, most of which has been in high risk obstetrics. She has also taught a two semester Ethics Course for Maria College in Albany, NY and is a frequent presenter on Ethical Decision Making for the Avila Institute's Geriatric Spiritual Care Certificate Program. She has participated on the Ethics Committee of the Teresian House – a long-term care facility in the Albany area for approximately 20 years and has been a member or led the Ethics Committee at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY since 1991.

Maureen has published on the topics of the response of a Catholic Hospice to the voluntary stopping of eating and drinking with the intention to hasten death; the care of a pregnant patient with life threatening cancer; and the ethics of pandemics.Currently she manages the ethics services for St. Peter’s Health Partners which includes five acute care hospitals, seven long-term care facilities, a hospice, a behavioral health service, a home care service, a PACE program and a network of ambulatory physician practices. She has recently completed her doctorate in bioethics at Loyola University in Chicago.


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