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Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy

Spirituality and Health Care

The field of health care is broadly defined as the field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of health of the body or mind. More and more, health care is moving toward becoming “patient-centered care” in which, as Rev. Eric J. Hall explains, “The patient is the source of control for their care. The care is customized, encourages patient participation and empowerment, and reflects the patient’s needs, values and choices. Families and friends are considered an essential part of the care team.” (Email from HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, 9/1/2016) Patient-centered care takes into account a patient’s social, emotional and spiritual concerns, not just the patient’s physiological disease.

Now that a trend is moving toward a better balanced approach to health care, Spirituality is being added to a patient’s course of therapy and care. This provides for a more purposeful approach that includes the body, mind and spirit of the patient, their family and friends, along with the social, emotional and spiritual concerns of the patient. Spirituality is a dynamic and intrinsic aspect of humanity through which persons seek ultimate meaning, purpose and transcendence, and experience relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred. Spirituality is expressed through beliefs, values, traditions and practices.

Chaplains are here to assist you with any religious or spiritual needs that arise during your stay. If a Chaplain does not come by to visit you, please have your nurse or doctor have a Chaplain paged to come to where you are in our hospital.

Ethics

Chaplains are trained to receive the questions that colleagues have regarding ethical concerns, to help name the ethical issue at stake in accordance with the Covenant Health Ethics Ready Reference Grid, and to point to the next step for resolving the ethical concern.

What is a Chaplain?


Chaplains at Covenant

Administration

Staff Chaplain

Bary Moynihan

Associate Chaplain / Spiritual Care Manager

Angelina Daniels, BCC

Associate Chaplains

Keith Cooper Lark Cooper
Sherita Hagberg Sr. Carmela Macabanti

Clinical Pastoral Education

Spiritual Care Manager

Robert Z. Powell

ACPE Certified Educator

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education

WHAT IS CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION? (ACPE)?

Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis.

WHAT DOES ACPE TRAINING PREPARE A PERSON TO DO?

ACPE training serves as a part of one's preparation for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching, and counseling. The student's learning contract may be focused toward integration of theological, psychological, and pastoral insights into pastoral functioning for parish work. Also, ACPE training can assist in discernment in spiritual matters for the layperson.

A PERSONALIZED EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

Covenant Health offers a superior clinical educational experience within a hospital that values spiritual care. The depth of our training enables students to realize their potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves.

INTERESTED IN DISCOVERING MORE?

Please feel free to connect with our Educator; Dr. Bob Powell: 806.725.0396 (direct line); or robert.powell@stjoe.org.

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