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Our Team and Committee

Committees

Many health care issues involve difficult decisions for patients, families and practitioners. Author of Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, Albert R. Jonsen, states that “ethical issues are embedded in every clinical encounter between patients and clinicians.” Clinical ethics involves an ability to recognize an ethical issue, decipher a reasonable conclusion and offer a rational recommendation. Clinical ethics is important to both those who offer and those who receive health care. Sanford Health provides support in making clinical ethics decisions through a number of committees.  

Sanford USD Medical Center Biomedical Ethics Committee

This local multidisciplinary committee provides a systematic and principled approach to ethical decision-making. The committee helps identify alternative courses of action and their consequences and will offer recommendations fostering the resolution of the conflict. Any concerned individual involved in the patient's care may refer a case for review by the Biomedical Ethics Committee. 

Sanford USD Medical Center Nursing Ethics Committee

Membership includes RNs from all units as well as some clinics and ancillary services. This committee recognizes that registered nurses fulfill an integral part in ethical decision making in health care and membership serves as consultants to the nursing practice at the medical center through professional support, assistance in decision-making and education. 

Sanford Enterprise Ethics Committee

This regional multidisciplinary committee provides a systematic and principled approach to ethical decision-making. The committee takes a close look at issues of clinical ethics that are inclusive of the entire Sanford Health enterprise.

Meet our team

The DeGroot Center multidisciplinary team is here to provide ethics consultation and an education resource for Sanford USD Medical Center employees, students and area community members.

  • Jerome W. Freeman, MD, FACP

Executive Director

  • LuAnn Eidsness, MD

Medical Director

  • Ellen Schellinger, MA

Administrative Director

Ethics Consultant

  • Gretchen M. Spars, MA, MDiv

Ethics Consultant

  • Ann Flemmer

Director Assistant

Contact Information

DeGroot Center

1305 W.  18th St. PO Box 5039

Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039

Ph: (605) 312-3520

Fx: (605) 312-3501