Why Hospitals Must Be Hospitable; Why Health Care Must Be Healing–And Why Chaplains Must Lead the Way

PlainViews December 16, 2015 Volume 12 No. 12 The words “hospital” and “hospitable” and the words “health” and healing” are obviouslyderived from the same roots. And yet, patient surveys repeatedly demonstrate that there is a significant disconnect between what goes on in a hospital and the idea of being hospitable, and between the modern health care system and any common...
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The Need to Be Seen

The Need to Be Seen by Karen Lieberman Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, USA Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling 2016, Vol. 70(1) 80–82 Abstract: When we recognize our common humanity, suspend judgment and embrace the intrinsic value and worth of every individual, we elevate those we serve, and we elevate ourselves. Whether or not we are able to offer cure,...
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Seeking and Accepting:U.S. Clergy Theological and Moral Perspectives Informing Decision Making at the End of Life

Justin J. Sanders, MD, MS, Vinca Chow, MD, Andrea C. Enzinger, MD, Tai-Chung Lam, MBBS, Patrick T. Smith, MDiv, PhD, Rebecca Quin ̃ones, MTS, Andrew Baccari, MDiv, Sarah Philbrick, BS, Gloria White-Hammond, MD, MDiv, John Peteet, MD, Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH, and Michael J. Balboni, PhD, ThM, MDiv ABSTRACT Background: People with serious illness frequently rely on religion/spirituality to cope...
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Relationship Between Chaplain Visits and Patient Satisfaction

DEBORAH B. MARIN, and VANSHDEEP SHARMA Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA EUGENE SOSUNOV Office for Excellence in Patient Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, USA NATALIA EGOROVA Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA RAFAEL GOLDSTEIN Department...
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Protecting the Soul of Spiritual Care

Article published in PlainViews May 18, 2016 Volume 13 No. 5 For the last several years, thoughtful experts in our field have been calling for more research to validate standards of practice and document chaplaincy outcomes. In a 2012 COMISS Network Forum address, former HealthCare Chaplaincy President and CEO Walter J. Smith opined: Without a credible body of research to...
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Staff and Family guide after death of an Orthodox Jewish patient

North Shore University Hospital is dedicated to accommodating patient/family wishes regarding the ritual treatment of a patient from the moment of death until removal from the facility, as consistent with applicable civil laws and regulations. Patients/families are encouraged to make known specific concerns/requests in advance so that these can be documented in the chart or anticipated (as appropriate). Recognizing the importance that...
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