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Our History

United by their commitments to social justice, and their shared history, our Sponsors, Fairview Health Services, HealthEast Care System, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, founded the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics (MCHCE) in 1994. The roots of our Sponsors’ shared history, though, extend back to the early years of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In 1853 and 1887, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet founded hospitals that are now part of Fairview Health Services and HealthEast Care System. The Sisters went on from their hospital leadership to develop the St. Mary’s Health Clinics, a ministry that serves the uninsured and underserved. MCHCE is also a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. Fairview, HealthEast, and the Sisters founded MCHCE to provide them with internal ethics resourcing, and to provide collaborative leadership on community-wide issues in health care ethics and health policy. For 20 years, MCHCE has partnered with health systems, academia, professional organizations, government agencies, third party payers, private industry and civic, faith-based organizations to address ethical issues that cannot be solved by any single stakeholder. Today, MCHCE is focused on its Sponsors’ current internal ethics needs, their community outreach initiatives and their shared endeavors.