Bioethics building boasts new forum to discuss medicine

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AURORA | Boasting an art gallery, conference rooms and a concert piano, the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities building officially opened to faculty and students of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Aug. 27.

The $8 million building has about 20,000 square feet of space, including a 2,000 square-foot amphitheater with seating for 130 students. The Center for Bioethics and Humanities was founded in 1995 but the department has never had its own building. Don Elliman, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus, said at an opening ceremony that the building will house a program that is “novel in its conception.”

“This building is designed and dedicated to bridge the cultural divide between science and art, and to explore the most essential questions about human experience, who we are, and how we care for one another,” he said.

Professors say they are thrilled with the prospect of being able to teach students in a spacious, airy environment, with an art gallery that will feature new artists’ work every few months. “I really think of this as sort of the cultural heart and soul of the campus,” said Therese Jones, associate professor in the department of medicine and director of the Arts and Humanities in Health Care Program for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

The mission of the Center is to solve problems related to moral issues in health care and to teach students and professionals about how to address ethical issues. The building is named after Vincent and Shirley Fulginiti, who helped develop the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities during Vincent Fulginiti’s tenure as chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center from 1993 to 1998.

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