January 1985: Chaplain Roy Nash, Director Pastoral Care, recommended to Mr. James Rigby, Chief Operating Officer, that Memorial Medical Center needed an Ethics Committee. Mr. Rigby requested Chaplain Nash to organize a committee to study the need and bring back a recommendation. An Ethics Study Committee (ESC) was organized. The ESC made a comprehensive review of hospital ethics committees (HECs) and began drafting a set of Guidelines and Procedures.
June 1985: Dr. Keith Wichterman was designated for ESC as liaison with Memorial Medical Center Executive Committee of the Medical Staff.
July 1985: The Proposal Statement for a Human Values and Ethics Committee was approved by Administration and the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, but limited to the continuation of its activities as only as the ESC.
September 1985: Dr. Keith Wichterman was selected as Chairperson and Chaplain Nash as Vice-Chairperson of the ESC.
June 1986: ESC began a monthly ethics case review.
July 1987: The ESC was approved as a special committee to be known as the Human Values and Ethics Committee (HVEC) by the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. HVEC began consultation service.
January 1995: Opening of the Clinical Ethics Center. George Agich, Ph.D. appointed the Clinical Ethics Center, Director.