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Exciting news in support of professional healthcare chaplaincy! Today, Dec. 12, 2014, the Nasdaq stock market will host HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) staff at its MarketSite in  New York's Times Square. In honor of the occasion, Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN President and Chief Executive Officer, will ring the Closing Bell. Time: 3:45 to 4 pm ET.

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a national healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other healthcare settings, and online.



HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, Inc. (HCCN) will host a seminar on December 18 that will guide chaplains and other health care professionals in assisting patients and their families throughout each phase of the dying process.

The presenter will be Samuel C. Klagsbrun, M.D., a professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, N.Y., and executive medical director and owner of Four Winds Hospitals in New York State. The psychiatrist is a member of HCCN’s board of directors.

Klagsbrun will discuss the dying process and the differing needs of patients and their families during each phase; how to help families prepare for loss; and practical matters, such as funeral arrangements and financial and legal issues.

The 90-minute seminar will begin at 10:30 a.m. (ET), and participants can attend in person at HCCN’s headquarters in New York or via webcast. Registration is $35 in advance and $50 the day of the event for in-person attendance, and $50 per computer terminal for the webcast. To register, visit http://bit.ly/1wrQ8Cf.  For more information, call 212-644-1111 x235.

The event is part of HCCN’s monthly “Spiritual Care Grand Rounds Series.” The series is designed for chaplains, palliative care team members, and other health care professionals, such as social workers and nurses, who are involved in the spiritual-related needs of patients and their families in hospital or outpatient settings.


Read How Many Palliative Care Clinicians Report Burnout: ow.ly/Dwq3M   Chaplains are a cost-effective resource to reduce this  Learn more at http://bit.ly/1vgCU4J


Chronic Pain Calls for Compassionate Listening.Yes! Who are expert listeners? Professional chaplains.ow.ly/Dwx8T 


You can read chaplains' stories and best practices in this new article Who Decides When to "Pull the Plug" and What is the Chaplain's Responsibility? http://bit.ly/1w9wTwf 

This is very timely with the news coverage this week about the Institute of Medicine's important "Dying in America" report which has positive implications for professional chaplaincy: http://nyti.ms/1mbnvo9


EmblemHealth Now a Sponsor of ChaplainsOnHand.org  & ChatWithAChaplain   

More than 60,000 people dealing with the spiritual distress resulting from serious illness and grief have turned to the unique online service ChaplainsOnHand.org to find comfort regardless of religion or beliefs since its introduction by the nonprofit HealthCare Chaplaincy Network earlier this year. In addition, more than a thousand people have requested to chat with a chaplain by email or phone or to be remembered in prayer.

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network created ChaplainsOnHand.org and ChatWithAChaplain to provide professional-quality spiritual care for the countless people who feel they have nowhere else to turn to find relief from the big issues that weigh on their minds when coping with a new or ongoing health crisis or bereavement.

EmblemHealth is now a sponsor of these services, as part of its Care for the Family Caregiver program. As a health and wellness company, EmblemHealth has championed family caregivers for over a decade, providing tools and resources to help them navigate the family caregiving journey.  

"We are thrilled that EmblemHealth has joined with us to sponsor these much needed and first of their kind services to help those in spiritual distress: whoever they are, whatever they believe," says HealthCare Chaplaincy Network president and CEO Rev. Eric J. Hall. "The ChaplainsOnHand website has considerable information and resources written by highly experienced, professional chaplains. People who have chatted with chaplains say that the conversations have made quite a positive difference for them."

About EmblemHealth
EmblemHealth, Inc., through its companies Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), provides quality health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.4 million people. Groups and individuals can choose from a variety of PPO, EPO and HMO plans, as well as coverage for prescription drugs and dental and vision care. EmblemHealth offers a choice of networks, including quality doctors and other health care professionals throughout the region, leading acute care hospitals across the tri-state area, and physicians and hospitals across all 50 states.
For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a national health care organization that helps people faced with illness, suffering and grief find comfort and meaning in hospitals, online, and elsewhere: whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research, and education in order to improve patient experience, satisfaction, and outcomes. It has been caring for the human spirit since 1961.
Learn more at www.healthcarechaplaincy.org


This annual event (this year October 19-25) is a great opportunity for healthcare institutions to recognize the important and often unrecognized work and gifts of spiritual caregivers in their midst and to inform patients, family members, and staff that they are available to help.

Find resources and items to spread the message here


Dear Colleague,

You are invited to participate in a research survey that looks at the role of spirituality, broadly defined as meaning purpose and connectedness, in healthcare. Dr. Christina M. Puchalski, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University (GWU) is the principal investigator (PI). Taking part in this survey is entirely voluntary.

The purpose of this survey is to evaluate healthcare professionals' attitudes and comfort levels integrating spirituality in patient care and self-care. Your input is very important because the information from this survey will help us develop topics for a future training program.

There are no physical risks associated with this study. All information you provide will be treated as confidential and will be used only for research or statistical purposes by GWish. Any information publicly released (such as statistical summaries) will be in a form that does not personally identify you.

To ensure anonymity, your contact information is not required in this survey. Your willingness to participate is implied if you choose to take part in this survey by clicking the survey link below. The total amount of time you will spend on this survey is about 5 minutes. You may refuse to answer any of the questions and you may take a break at any time. You may stop your participation at any time.

You will not benefit directly from your participation in the study. Others, however, may benefit from future training that will be developed based on your responses and those of others who complete the survey.

Please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser to access and complete the survey by August 25, 2014.

ISPEC Project - Need Assessment Survey

The Office of Human Research of George Washington University, at telephone number (202) 994-2715, can provide further information about your rights as a possible survey respondent. Further information regarding this study may be obtained by contacting Dr. Puchalski, PI, at (202) 994-6220.


Christina M. Puchalski, M.D.

Professor, Medicine and Health Sciences

Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences



Professor Sue Wintz, MDiv, BCC reports from the California State University Institute of Palliative Care: “The course’s first class, which began in July, included chaplains, physicians, nurses, students, and community religious leaders. Right from the start there was created an exhilarating environment for learning and dialogue across professions. Participants have engaged in stimulating discussion and sharing of questions, experience and resources. They’ve identified both practical and creative interventions to integrate the essential element of spirituality when caring for persons struggling with mental health issues. As the faculty member, I’m excited, too!” 

Learn more and to register here.

Also SOLD OUT has been the Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate course now in its second year. Registration is open for next year’s classes that start January 26, April 15, July 13.

Learn more and to register here


Note: This Mini-Retreat may be audio and/or video recorded and available for later purchase. Availability will be announced in a future issue of the HealthCare Chaplaincy e-newsletter. Subscribe here.

Three experts will speak and lead exercises to help health care professionals learn practices  − whoever you are, whatever you believe  − to reduce the stress that comes from very demanding work:

Exploring the Spiritual Practice of Meditation
Miriam Healy
Zen Teacher

Exploring the Spiritual Practice of Keeping the Sabbath
Rabbi Amy E. Goodman
Assistant Director of Hospice Development for MJHS Foundation

Exploring the Spiritual Practice of Play & Humor
Nicholas Mosca, MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
2013 Winner of the Billings Preaching Prize Competition

8 am to Noon

Kimmel Center for University Life at NYU
60 Washington Square South
New York City, NY 10012

Fee $25

Get more information and to register here. 


Now is the time to establish a strong, clear voice for the inclusion of effective spiritual care as a standard of health care and for the profession of health care chaplaincy.

That’s why HealthCare Chaplaincy Network has launched Caring for the Human Spiritmagazine for all who recognize this importance and for those who are discovering it.

Download to read and to subscribe here.

We invite you who are professionals to submit articles on aspects of today’s care that you’d like to see communicated to a wide and influential audience. For deadline and word count, contact managing editor Bernie Rosner at brosner@healthcarechaplaincy.org

We invite the global organizations in the fields of chaplaincy, spiritual care, medicine, social work, palliative care and hospice to consider this magazine an extension of your mission. Together, collaborating on this publication, we can make the field of spiritual care stronger, wiser and demonstrably effective.


Leaders of the 6 U.S. Professional Healthcare Chaplaincy Organizations
 Hold Unprecedented Meeting to Advance the Integration of Spiritual Care within Healthcare

New York, NY (August 12, 2014) – “A welcomed beginning of a broadening conversation” was the theme of a recent meeting hosted by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in New York City, which brought together leaders of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Professional Chaplains, College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and NESHAMA: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

The six leaders affirmed their commitment to collaborate to expand the reach of professional chaplaincy and therefore serve more people in need of spiritual care.

Each remarked about the meeting and its implications.

Rev. Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network: “Individually each of our six organizations has its own strengths. Working collectively we can accomplish much more to contribute to quality healthcare in the U.S.”

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education executive director Trace Haythorn: “Our field has matured to a place where we can move from focusing solely on what’s happening within our individual organizations to a more global approach to advocacy on behalf of chaplaincy in general, to work to advance quality spiritual care wherever our members serve.”

Association of Professional Chaplains CEO Patricia F. Appelhans: “From the Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy, which form the basis for board certification, to Standards of Practice, our chaplaincy organizations have enjoyed a long history of collaboration. We look forward to our continued work together to advance the profession through research, advocacy and other projects of mutual interest.”

George Hankins-Hull of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy: "As important as the discussion was the sincerity, and an overall feeling of collegiality that suggests to me that we might accomplish more working together through face to face relationships as we seek to advance the profession of clinical chaplaincy.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to represent CPSP, as together our organizations strive to secure the best possible professional future for those we train, certify and credential."

Mary T. O’Neill, treasurer of the Board of National Association of Catholic Chaplains: “NACC is committed to promoting spiritual care in collaboration with other  professional chaplaincy groups.  It was evident that all shared a strong commitment to this profession, a conviction about its importance in the care for the whole person, an investment in making this care known and available to all who need it, and a willingness to work together. 

Cecille Asekoff, executive vice president, NESHAMA: Association of Jewish Chaplains: “NAJC is committed to continued collaboration between all of the professional spiritual care organizations. The time spent together was productive both on an objective level of furthering the field of professional chaplaincy in a comprehensive and organic manner, as well as recognizing the diversity and uniqueness of each organization. Talking together on both formal and social levels will serve to strengthen professional pastoral/spiritual care and chaplaincy worldwide. We look forward to being part of the conversation.”

The six groups will meet next in fall 2014.



Woman with recurrent ovarian cancer writes "Living With Cancer: A Tour of Hospice".nyti.ms/1nZFTua


Find NPR story at http://n.pr/1pgr4Hv




When "empathy" in health care makes Harvard Business Review, it’s time to take notice! If empathy is becoming a healthcare outcome, professional chaplains can certainly add value to that enterprise.One could say that they are the chief empathy experts in the system. http://bit.ly/1nDpPhf



HealthCare Chaplaincy Network was honored to present our Pioneer Medal for outstanding leadership in healthcare to Dr. Byock  in May of this year.


AARP Bulletin says “spiritual support just a click away”. g Spread the word! http://bit.ly/U9vgNI


Request for Conference Workshop Proposals by August 15, 2014
on Topics Pertaining to Integrating Spiritual Care in Healthcare

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network seeks proposals for 90-minute workshops for its conference,Caring for the Human Spirit: Integrating Spiritual Care in Healthcare, to be held April 22-24, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

Building on the successful 2014 conference, the event will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of best practice and latest data on the clinical, educational, research and advocacy aspects of integrating spiritual care in healthcare.

Workshop proposals should include:

·         Title of workshop

·         Name(s) and credentials of the presenter(s)

·         Three learning objectives

·         An abstract of no more than 300 words describing:

          The issue the workshop will address.

          The relevance of this issue to the focus of the conference.

          The content to be presented to address that issue.

          The experience of the presenter(s) with this issue.

          The learning modalities to be employed.

All workshops should be aimed at the advanced practitioner/researcher and should maximize dialogue with participants. Preference will be given to multidisciplinary teams.

Proposals should be e-mailed to Sandra Jamison (sjamison@healthcarechaplaincy.org) by August 15, 2014. Questions should also be addressed to Ms. Jamison.