Center for Ethical Solutions Inc

aka Center for Ethical Solutions   |   Lovettsville, VA   |  http://ethical-solutions.org/
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Mission

The Center for Ethical Solutions (CES) is focused on finding practical answers to the difficult questions of medical ethics and health policy — answers that look beyond the preconceived and the usual, and that provide people with options that might otherwise be overlooked.  

As of late, we at CES have been focused especially on our launching of the American Living Organ Donor Fund. While CES continues to affect change in the realm of policy, there is an unfortunate need for more immediate and substantive change on a case-by-case basis. It costs more in the United States to be a living organ donor than it does to receive a transplant. The dismal financial reality of becoming an organ donor, the fact that one must be well-off to donate his or her organs to others in need, prevents many otherwise-viable, and totally willing, potential donors from following through with the procedure. As many as 25% of prospective donors drop out of the process due solely to financial considerations. In a large number of these cases, a few hundred dollars could well have made the difference between a life saved and a life lost. More about this project can be found at the following address: http://www.helplivingdonorssavelives.org/

Our officers, advisers, and researchers are what set CES apart: We pride ourselves on placing a higher value on solving problems than on finding answers that fit neatly into any particular political framework. We don’t deny that each of us has come to this project with a well-developed sense of our own political and moral beliefs. However, when faced with issues as urgent as the organ shortage, or as personal as doctor/patient-directed pain management, or as tragic as the state of medical care available to our veterans, allowing politics to dictate the scope of options available to people is simply unthinkable. If such considerations limited the scope of our studies as well, we wouldn’t be able to call this endeavor, “the Center for Ethical Solutions.”

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Ms. Sigrid Fry-Revere

Main address

40357 Featherbed Ln.

Lovettsville, VA 20180 USA

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EIN

26-3004228

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (G05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

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Kidneys for Sale: The Iranian Experience

The Center for Ethical Solutions has three projects planned to study ways to meliorate the organ shortage crisis.  The first is a book by Dr. Fry-Revere and Dr. Bastani to study Iran’s purported solution to their organ shortage crisis. The book is based on interviews done in Iran with actual people who sold or were about to sell a kidney, their recipients and the intermediaries who help arrange the transactions.

Population(s) Served

The Center regularly publishes updates on legal developments in healthcare ethics. Our Legal Trends in Bioethics is an easy to use way to track developments in court cases, laws, and regulations both at federal and state levels.

Population(s) Served

This is a short documentary film that cronicles the experience of one U.S. kidney disease patient, Steve Lessin -- His quest for a kidney and his life on dialysis.  It is a heart felt insight into the emotional roller coaster associated with being on the organ waiting list and dealing with the trials and tribulations of dialysis treatment.

Population(s) Served

Center researchers have more than 100 hours of video footage from their interviews with kidney sellers, recipients, and the NGOs that match donors and recipients in Iran.  The footage from this unprecedented research needs to be edited into a cooherent documentary film on how Iran has been the only country for more than 20 years with legalized kidney sales.

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The Center for Ethical Solutions receive assistance from a number of volunteers across a wide age spectrum.

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Youth volunteers have tremendously benefitted the Center for Ethical Solutions. Most youth volunteers serve as interns and are enrolled in postsecondary education.

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We want to help the general public understand medical ethics and make more confident and sound healthcare decisions for themselves on that basis. The founder of the Center for Ethical Solutions has a Ph.D. in bioethics and worked as a clinical ethicist, helping patients make difficult decisions in the hospital setting. She realized that patients and their families were overwhelmed by information and concepts they understood little to nothing. The Center exposes the public to academic thought on topics in patient care ethics,enabling and inspiring those most impacted by the debates being had into those discussions.

We produce tools to empower patients to make their own decisions. Our greatest strength is in the output of our volunteer scholars and researchers (interns). We have heard over and over again, particularly with regard to organ donation, that we have the most thorough and easily understood collection of articles and Fact Sheets on the topic.

Our website is filled with information: Fact sheets about important patient-care ethics topics such as organ donation, end-of-life decision making, veterans issues, and pain management. We have started two more in-depth projects for solving the organ shortage — one was funding the start of a lobbying organization that argues for changing the law to make donation more equitable for blue-collar workers, the unemployed, and the self-employed; and the other a charity that empowers living organ donors to help by covering their non-medical expenses.

We have accomplished a great deal with the help of fantastic volunteer scholars and interns; however, in order to maintain some of the programs we have already begun, and to explore new projects, grants or sponsors are absolutely essential. We have received several small grants, but our big push in the coming years is to find a source of steady income so we can hire some full-time staff.

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Center for Ethical Solutions Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2016
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Board chair

Sigrid Fry-Revere

No Affiliation

Term: 2008 -

Sigrid Fry-Revere

Center for Ethical Solutions

Shane Steinfeld

Creative Group of Washington DC

Rod Carveth

University of Hartford

Michele Battle-Fisher

Ohio State University

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes