The Bioethics Center was created in April 2002 by a memorandum of understanding between Cleveland State University and the Bioethics Network of Ohio.
The Bioethics Center was originally supported by three Presidential Initiative Fund awards, ending in 2006. These grants allowed us to conduct research and curriculum development and to bring renowned bioethicists to Ohio for the benefit of health professionals, educators and interested members of the public. We were partners under these grants with the Biomedical and Health Institute at CSU and the Bioethics Department at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. During those early years, the Bioethics Center, with the support of the Bioethics Network of Ohio, initiated the Ohio Hospital Ethics Committee Information (OHECI) project to study how Ohio healthcare ethics committees were constituted and governed. It was discovered Ohio’s practices matched those reported nationally. A number of interdisciplinary partnerships among CSU faculty resulted in co-authored publications, e.g., “Administrative Discretion: Can We Move Beyond the Cider House Rules?” by Jennifer K. Alexander (College of Business) and Samuel A. Richmond (College of Liberal Arts and Social Science. [The American Review of Public Administration, 2007 37:51]
Since that time, the Center has been supported by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science in maintaining a Bioethics Luncheon Speakers Series. Various bioethics experts from the community have presented on a number of important topics in bioethics. For example, Dr. Griggins, an ethics consultant from University Hospital presented, “Pharmaceutical Freebees—Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?” These lectures have been captured on video and are housed on the Michael Schwartz Library Mediasite; they are used in our bioethics courses.