Medical Ethics Across the Life Span

Presenters:  Karen Fatore, LSW, ACSW, MBA - Manager, Social Services, Reading Hospital

                  Gwendolyn MacNeill, MSW - Trauma Social Worker, Reading Hospital


Karen manages the daily operations and professional practice of social workers in the Care Mangement Department, establishes social service policies and procedures, facilitates quality improvement activities related to care continuity and facilitation of transitional planning, develops competiencies to strengthen social work skills, integrates social work services in alignment with organizational mission and structure.

Gwen is a trauma social worker covering intensive care units, trauma specialty areas providing psycholsocial assessment, brief intervention for social emotional and environmental needs that impact patients and families, supports patients and families through the transitional planning process, works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary trauma team in developing the plan of care, also serves as a member of the bioehtics committee.

Start Date: 9/27/2011 6:30 pm
End Date: 9/27/2011 9:30 pm
Location: Student Center Private Dining Room
Sponsor: Social Work Program
Contact: Dr. Susan McDonald, 610-796-8290, email: or Janice Stock, 610-796-8373, email:
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