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Wil Alexander Lectureship to focus on end of life care

Gerald Winslow, PhD, and Betty Winslow, PhD, RN
Gerald Winslow, PhD, and Betty Winslow, PhD, RN
The Second Annual Wil Alexander Lectureship is scheduled for May 17, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in Wong Kerlee Inter-national Conference Center on the campus of Loma Linda University.

The lecture, titled “Beyond Mere Competence: Wholeness and Care at Life’s End” will focus on how caregivers attend to whole person care for patients and for families at the end of a patient’s life.

Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life & wholeness, LLUAHSC, and professor of Christian ethics, Faculty of Religion; and his wife, Betty Winslow, PhD, RN, professor of community health nursing, School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, will present their reflections on the kind of health care that moves beyond ordinary competence into the realm of meaning. The lecture, presented by the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness, is open to the public and free of charge.

Gerald Winslow received his undergraduate education at Walla Walla College, College Place, Washington, and his masters degree at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He earned his doctorate from the Graduate Theolog-ical Union,  Berkeley, California.

For the past 30 years, he has specialized in teaching and writing about ethics, especially biomedical ethics. His books include Triage and Justice published by the University of California Press and Facing Limits from Westview Press. His articles have appeared in academic journals such as the Western Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics, The Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and General Dentistry.

He has presented lectures and seminars at universities and for professional groups throughout North America and in Australia and Europe, and he currently serves as an ethics consultant to a variety of organizations, including Blue Shield Foundation of California, Roche Pharmaceuti-cals, and Eli Lilly.  He is a founding member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, a public forum for the evaluation of new health care technologies.

Betty Winslow received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Walla Walla College, College Place, Washington. She earned her master of science degree in the area of school health and community health from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Winslow received her PhD in the area of human care nursing: communities and organizations, from the Univ-ersity of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver. She also completed a two-and-a-half year National Institutes of Health funded postdoctoral research fellowship in vulnerable populations research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prior to working at Loma Linda University, Dr. Winslow taught at Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, and Walla Walla College. Her career also includes serving as a nurse consultant for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Walla Walla.

Dr. Winslow has published several papers on caregiving which have been printed in Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Public Health Nursing, and Research in Nursing and Health, among others. Currently, Dr. Winslow is conducting research on placement decisions for relatives with dementia.

The Winslows have two daughters, Lisa, who is a computer software engineer, and Angela, who is an occupational therapist.

The Wil Alexander Lecture-ship is named for Wil Alexander, PhD, who founded the Center of Spiritual Life & Wholeness in 1997, and served as director until his retirement in 2001. He rejoined the Center in fall, 2003.

Dr. Alexander is also a professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine.

For more information on the lectureship, you may call (909) 558-7786.

TODAY news for Thursday, May 5, 2005