Ann M. Caulfield-Cook is a clinical social worker that has been in direct practice with individuals and families in health care organizations since the 1980s. She has held management positions at Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Health System (formerly Oakwood) in the departments of Behavioral Health, Case Management and Clinical Ethics. She co-founded Mosaic Connections with Martha Hnatiuk as a vehicle to continue her expertise in facilitating conversations with individuals and families at critical times in their lives. As a caring social worker, she is dedicated to helping families negotiate through difficult stages of change and decision-making.
Prior to Mosaic Connections, Ann held a position at Beaumont - Dearborn as the supervisor of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service (CECS) department. In this position, she was responsible for the administration of the Ethics Committee, a group that included 22 members from diverse departments in the health care organization. Through her work and coordinated efforts with leadership in Risk Management, Legal Affairs, Nursing Administration, Spiritual Support, Intensive Care Units and Palliative Care, she accomplished many goals for her department and the organization. Ann was also instrumental in achieving the Ethics Committee mission of policy review, planning Ethics education and directly responding to clinical consults involving ethical decisions.
Ann is a dedicated and compassionate social worker. She has long standing relationships with physicians, nurses and social workers in the community. She is a current board member of The Information Center, a non-profit information and referral agency. She is the Past President of the Michigan Clinical Social Work Association, and past member of the Michigan Collaborative Social Work Board. Her external educational positions included having been an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University School of Social Work and Baker College.
She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from The Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Ann has always been a very family oriented person due to her own large extended Irish family that has now five generations in the Metro Detroit area. Her personal experience of losing many of her own extended family members has enhanced her ability to understand the importance of family involvement during a healthcare crisis and in supporting each other at the end of life.
"I know from my experience working with Ann Caulfield-Cook that she’s very knowledgeable and highly attuned to the ethical and other challenges that arise in end-of-life decision-making—skills that are critical in advance care planning.”
Tom Tomlinson, PhD
Director, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University