History

Charles Warren Fairbanks Portrait

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics (FCME) was established in June, 2002 with endowment funding provided by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and start-up funding provided by Methodist Health Foundation and Indiana University Health (formerly Clarian Health Partners).  Charles Warren Fairbanks was a leading citizen and businessman of Indiana who served two terms in the United States Senate (1897-1905) and became the 26th vice president of the United States (1905-09) in the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt.  The city of Fairbanks, Alaska is named in his honor.

The Honorable Charles Warren Fairbanks spoke at the laying of the Cornerstone for Methodist Hospital in October, 1905. He served on Methodist Hospital’s first Board of Directors and as President of the Board. He was a generous patron of Methodist Hospital for many years. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation endowed the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Health as a living memorial to continue his legacy of service to the people of Indiana.