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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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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The Critical Role of Spirituality in Patient Experience

By: Jason A. Wolf, PhD President The Beryl Institute Stacy Palmer Vice President, Strategy and Member Experience The Beryl Institute Published in collaboration with HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM. Special Guest Commentary from: Rev. George Handzo, BCC, CSSBB Director, Health Services Research and Quality HealthCare Chaplaincy Network(TM) ” The paper captures the thoughtful voices of individuals across the spectrum of chaplaincy and...
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Consent for Spiritual Care in Pediatric Hospitals

By Karen Lieberman, JD, MSJS, BCC, is a staff chaplain at Children’sHospital of Wisconsin. She has worked in health care chaplaincy in both adult and pediatric settings and is especially interested in the intersection of law, medicine, ethics, and spirituality. She is board certified by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association. “Jenny, a 16-year-old A-student, varsity...
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Bridging with the Sacred: Reflections of an MD Chaplain

By Chaplain Bruce D. Feldstein, MD The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center; Spiritual Care Service, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; and Center for Education and Research in Family and Community Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA. Life has a curious way of growing us beyond what we can imagine. After 19 years as an emer- gency...
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Chaplains and Access to Medical Records

This study was initiated by a Pastoral Care Department of a large academic medical center in order to establish hospital chaplaincy policies and procedures. Four basic questions were asked about professional hospital chaplains and record keeping. The results of the survey show that the standard of practice is that chaplains across the medical record, enter notes in the record, have...
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A Chaplain’s calling: ‘It drew me in.’

For Rabbi Jason Weiner, his one-year chaplaincy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center New York’s Lower East Side was a not-so-pleasant requirement while he was a rabbinic student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. “I didn’t feel like I had any impact. I didn’t feel like I could really help people,” said Weiner, who is now senior rabbi and manager of spiritual...
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