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Marnie Richie Poncy, Esq, RN

Marnie Richie Poncy, Esq, RN

Mrs. Poncy is a registered nurse and a member of the Florida Bar. She currently works for Joseph C. Kempe, Attorneys, and Counselors at Law, in the northern county. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College and a guest lecturer at the University of Miami. Mrs. Poncy was the supervising attorney of the Bioethics Law Project, of Palm Beach County, from 2002-2009.  Her experience includes serving as the Director of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center High-Risk Pregnancy Program.

She has received numerous grants related to her bioethical (legal consequence of health care decision) studies.  Her affiliations include the State Attorney’s Task Force for Crimes against the Elderly, Ethics Committees of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice by the Sea, and St. Mary’s Hospital, to name a few.   Among her many awards are the Hero in Medicine Award of Palm Beach County (2008), the Guardian Ad Litem Pro Bon Award (2003), and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.

Mrs. Poncy has authored numerous articles and professional papers including The Importance of Advance Directive Health Care Planning; Medical/Legal Issues in End of Life Care; The Physician Mandate for Patient Advance Directive Discussion and Documentation after Terri Schiavo; Ethical and Legal Issues Surrounding Baker Acting an Alzheimer’s Patient; Discharge Planning and Advance Directives with the Post-Stroke Patient; The Value of the Nurse in Advance Directive Care Planning; The Role of the Guardian in End of Life Care; The Role of Clergy in Advocating for Advance Directive Planning; The Law and Do Not Resuscitate Orders, and many others.

Dr. Poncy is a long-standing member of the HCSEF Board of Directors.