It was late in the afternoon when Ellen Severoni, executive director of California Health Decisions--Orange County Project, surveyed the room full of delegates at the project's first Health Care Parliament.
Severoni was pleased.
"What people are telling me, overwhelmingly, is they're happy to be here, they feel they have had input and that it (the project) is important," said Severoni, a registered nurse, who helped launch the project.
The daylong parliament held Saturday on the Orange campus of Loyola Marymount University marked the culmination of the first year of activities for the Orange County project, a grass-roots effort to seek public opinion on ethical issues in health care.
"California Health Decisions is saying, 'You, the people of Orange County, can make decisions about the issues that impact upon you directly,' " said Noreen O'Brien, a delegate who teaches in the nursing program at Cal State Fullerton.