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Mercy Health

 

HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY NETWORK HOSTS CPE PROGRAM AT MERCY HEALTH – YOUNGSTOWN

Hospital and Students benefit from online education

 

New York, N.Y. (August 16, 2017) – HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) has partnered with Mercy Health – Youngstown in Ohio in advancing their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program by providing a CPE Certified Educator, as well as introducing HCCN’s CPE online program to the organization. Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio.

HCCN’s CPE program is a convenient and accessible path to further spiritual care education. It offers a standardized, cutting-edge approach to help future and current chaplains. The program includes online self-guided courses, authored by top experts; video conferencing for didactics, group process time, student presentations, one-on-one supervision by an ACPE Certified Educator – more commonly known as the CPE Supervisor.

“We developed HCCN’s distance-based CPE program as a way to educate individuals in multi-faith spiritual care who do not live near CPE centers,” explained Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN’s president and CEO. “We are pleased that Mercy Health – Youngstown is able to benefit from our CPE program and that we can continue reaching those who want to further their spiritual care education.” Mercy Health – Youngstown has provided CPE since 2010. When their CPE Educator retired, Chaplain Sandra Lucas, the Regional Director of Spiritual Care, searched for the most convenient and cost-effective way to continue the program.

“There were no CPE programs in this area except ours,” explained Chaplain Lucas. “After exploring options at several hospitals, it was suggested I look into HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. I liked what I saw, particularly that their program is fully accredited through ACPE.”

HCCN developed an innovative approach to CPE in early 2016 and has since had over 125 students completing units through CPE.org. Deborah Damore, Director of Clinical Services for HCCN and ordained minister, has been serving as the CPE Certified Educator for the Youngstown units through CPE.org since February 2017.

Distinctive from traditional teaching methods, HCCN’s online CPE course offers students the ability to gain much of the training from clinical hours at a local institution, while engaging in the educational hours from the comfort of a home or office. This specific course is unique from standard enrollment through CPE.org in that all students are able to complete their clinical hours at Mercy Health – Youngstown. They also meet as a group for the online CPE class. The first unit, which began in Spring 2017, was a success encouraging the hospital to contract with HCCN for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 units.

“At first, it was a big adjustment even though the only difference – a big difference – was that the [CPE] Educator was online,” said Chaplain Lucas. “However, we learned that not only does it work, it works well. Healthcare facilities without the resources to hire an ACPE supervisor could offer CPE online.”

HCCN’s CPE program is provided by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™, a global leader in spiritual care education, clinical care, and research. HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is accredited to offer Level 1/Level II CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE), One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030, 404 320 1472, www.acpe.edu. Learn more at www.CPE.org

 

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals other health care settings and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in healthcare through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org, call 212-644-1111 and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Mercy Health Youngstown

Mercy Health - Youngstown is an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley, which encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area – Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is part of Mercy Health, which is headquartered in Cincinnati and is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Mercy Health - Youngstown provides a full spectrum of healthcare services – acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care, as well as Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. Learn more at www.mercy.com/Youngstown.

 

Media contact
Charysse Harper
charper@healthcarechaplaincy.org
212-644-1111, ext. 107

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August 2017  Issue No. 24

Noteworthy

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Hosts CPE Program at Mercy Health - Youngstown
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) has partnered with Mercy Health - Youngstown in Ohio in advancing their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program by providing a CPE Certified Educator, as well as introducing HCCN's CPE online program to the organization.

Palliative Care

Costa Rica opens new Center for Pain and Palliative Care of the Social Security Administration

Since January 1991, Costa Rica began applying palliative medicine. The inauguration of its newest center will ensure that up to 12,000 patients receive various forms of palliative care. (Costa Rica Star)
 
 
Understanding the need for palliative care

In a Netflix documentary entitled Extremis, palliative care physician Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter highlights the way to decrease physical and emotional suffering to offer patients a more humane way to die. (NPR)
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Spiritual Care

When medicine no longer works

Spiritual care is an unseen sedative that affects the health care decision-making of a patient. Research has shown that spiritual care reduces patient suffering and improves their quality of life. (US News)  
Spirituality reducing veteran suicide
 
In 2014, Veterans Affairs released a study showing that 20 veterans died from suicide each day displaying a neglected area in care. This year, the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua, NY,  Veterans Affair Medical Center announced a study on the positive link between using spiritual care to assist in veteran suicide prevention. (MP Now)


End-of-Life Care

The End-of-Life Option Act

In June 2016, California became the fourth state in the United States to allow medical aid in dying for patients suffering from terminal illness. However, when a patient makes a request, are doctors able to professionally assist from a personal standpoint? (NY Times)
Patient Experience

The art of listening

Though an advanced degree and years of experience are very important for anyone who wants to become a chaplain, the most underrated skill is listening. Responding to the needs of a patient can be a thin line between what the person does and does not say. (In Depth)

Spirituality

Integrating spirituality into patient care

According to a study by Adventist Health System, health care professionals who receive adequate training on engaging patients on issues of spirituality are twice as likely to conduct regular spiritual assessments. (Fierce Healthcare)

Health Report

The relationship between religion and body weight
 
Body weight has been labeled as a health concern, but researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, note that it is also an important psychosocial identity as they analyze the correlation between religion and body weight. (Healio.com)
 

Good Reads
 
A milkshake fulfills a dying woman's wish

After experiencing a second bout of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Arlington, VA, a woman (an Ohio native) requested a milkshake from Tommy's restaurant in Cleveland Heights, OH. To her surprise, she received it! (WGN TV)
 
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Finding healing in religious songs

While the link between spirituality and mental health is well known, nurse Jill Hamilton examines the impact of religious songs on African American cancer survivors. (Emory)

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DID YOU KNOW...

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network's Caring for the Human Spirit complimentary magazine is released twice a year (April and October).  If you are interested in receiving the hard copy, please send an email to Charysse Harper - charper@healthcarechaplaincy.org 
 
 
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July 2017 Issue No. 23

Noteworthy

Open Letter to Health Care Executives on the Spiritual Care Association
As the Spiritual Care Association finishes the first quarter of its second year, the same principles apply: to advance professional chaplaincy and the spiritual care field. A letter was sent to Health Care Executives providing more information about its education and certification models.

Palliative Care

A growing need for Palliative Care in the United States

Nearly 90 percent of large US hospitals with 300 beds or more offer palliative care services, yet there is only one palliative care physician per 1,200 people with serious illness in the United States. Cambia Health Foundation aims to change this. (Health Affairs)

Spiritual Care
 
Chaplain's role in hospitals

Johns Hopkins Medicine investigators conducted a study to understand how parents of hospitalized children view the role of chaplains. (Journal of Palliative Medicine)

Patient Experience

Spiritual Care Board to assist patients in ICU

The aftermath of an operation can be frustrating, scary and leaving you feeling vulnerable and/or isolated. A chaplain and a monk created the first spiritual care board to offer support to those who need it. (CNN)
 
 
First UK university teaching hospice

In an agreement with the University of Leeds, St. Gemma's Hospice has begun teaching hospice, making it the first formally-recognized university in the United Kingdom to do so. [ITV]
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Spirituality

Finding hope and spirituality in sports

Though the final score is important to many, some look at sports as a way to build character, while raising your spirituality level. (Desert News Faith)

Health Report

Lose the pills; take a prescription in well-being
 
A study by Newcastle University in the United Kingdom examines the positive effects of prescribing non-medical activities to cope with long term health conditions. (Science Daily)
 
 
 
Spiritual practices to reduce our stress levels

We have a lot on our minds. One way to metaphorically - and literally - inhale and exhale is to use a variety of spiritual practices to keep yourself balanced. (The New Indian Express)

End-of-Life Care
 
Veterans look to hospices as an alternative

Since the U.S. Veterans Administration implemented its Comprehensive End of Life Care Initiative in 2009, the amount of terminally ill male war veterans to enroll in hospice care has surpassed elderly men who did not serve. (Reuters)

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"Terminal lucidity", a term coined by biologist Michael Nahm in 2009, describes the moment of energy and clarity that sometimes precedes death. (NY Times)
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DID YOU KNOW...

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network has been supporting chaplaincy departments for over 50 years? We are currently providing services to dozens of institutions in the United States that range from on-site chaplaincy services to more innovative programs that bring comfort and meaning to patients.
 
To learn how your institution can benefit,
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UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ENTERS IN CLINICAL PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE ITS CHAPLAINCY DEPARTMENT

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s Collaboration Marks First in Newark

 

New York, N.Y. (June 21, 2017) – HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) has begun a clinical partnership with University Hospital (UH) in Newark, NJ. This is the first hospital in Newark – the largest city in New Jersey – to collaborate with HCCN to enhance its spiritual care department.

As a partner institution, UH will benefit from HCCN's clinical expertise in integrating spiritual care as a unique contributor to evidence-based best practices within patient-centered healthcare. In addition to staffing their chaplaincy services department, HCCN will provide a wide range of value-added services. University Hospital’s Chief Experience Officer, Joan Dauhajre, after evaluating the hospital from a patient’s perspective, initiated the partnership to elevate UH’s spiritual care services.

“The hospital did not have a formalized program and depended on volunteer chaplains,” said Dauhajre. “HCCN allows us to develop an official structure that serves our patients, families, staff and physicians, in addition to being a training site for future chaplains.”

HCCN assumes full management of the Department of Chaplaincy Services. After a focused recruitment, HCCN was pleased to hire Helen Kurczynski to serve as Manager of Chaplaincy Services. In this role, Kurcynzski, in consultation with HCCN, will actively work to assess the strengths and needs of University Hospital so as to implement an integrated, multifaceted Chaplaincy Department which will serve the spiritual and religious needs of patients, their loved ones, the staff and all who are part of the UH community.

“We have hosted clinical partnerships for over 20 years,” explained Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN’s president and CEO. “It is our pleasure to venture into this agreement with a Level 1 Trauma Center, as we feel that our expertise will be strongly utilized to strengthen University Hospital’s patient care.”

HCCN’s proficiencies include – but are not limited to – multi-faith spiritual care resources, such as telechaplaincy services, spiritual care websites, and HCCN-TV Spiritual Care Network; evidence-based quality indicators as demonstrated in the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award; and robust educational initiatives – both as continuing education for chaplains and through HCCN’s chaplaincy training program – CPE.org – to build and grow the field of spiritual care.

As a clinical partner, University Hospital joins other institutions in HCCN’s ongoing dedication to the development of clinical chaplaincy programs, including Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, NYU Winthrop Hospital and St. Mary’s Center.

 

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals other health care settings and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in healthcare through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org, call 212-644-1111 and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About University Hospital
University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, New Jersey, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties. In September, the Hospital announced a partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to expand cancer services across Essex County. For more information about University Hospital, please visit http://www.uhnj.org/ .

 

Media contact
Charysse Harper
charper@healthcarechaplaincy.org
212-644-111, ext.107

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June 2017  Issue No. 22

Noteworthy

HealthCare Chaplaincy's clinical partnership with University Hospital
 
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) has begun a clinical partnership with University Hospital in Newark, NJ (UHNJ). As a partner institution, UHNJ will benefit from HCCN's clinical expertise in integrating spiritual care as a unique contributor to evidence-based best practices within patient-centered healthcare. In addition to staffing their chaplaincy services department, HCCN will provide a wide range of value-added services.


Advocacy

Patient Choice & Quality Care Act introduced in Congress

Patient Choice & Quality Care Act gives patients and families living with advanced and life-limiting illnesses access to the information and services they need. An Advanced Illness Coordination Services demonstration will be conducted that will allow an interdisciplinary team to provide early palliative care and wrap-around, home-based services to individuals with multiple and complex chronic conditions. (Hospice Action Network)


Spiritual Care
 
Spiritual Care's value in providing for the elderly

In a joint position statement, Palliative Care Australia and Meaningful Ageing Australia explained the importance of spiritual care as part of palliative care in caring for the ageing. (Palliative Care Australia and Meaningful Ageing Australia)


Emergency Room testimonies: Chaplains and Spiritual Care
 
Podcast: A look at the impact of spiritual care from the words of chaplains who are in emergency rooms. (Interfaith Radio)
 

Palliative Care

Perinatal Palliative Care on the rise in the United States

Since 1997, San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine (SDHIPM) has been providing perinatal palliative care, a specialized medical and emotional support for families who learn as a result of prenatal testing that their babies may die before or shortly after birth. There are now 212 programs in the United States, showing a need for this support. (Annals of Palliative Medicine)
 
 
Improving the quality of care in nursing homes
 
Unlike hospice care, palliative care can be delivered simultaneously with life-prolonging disease treatment. With the new quality measures introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid in 2016, nursing homes are working to adapt by integrating palliative care into their structure. (McKnight's)
 
 

Spirituality

Overcoming hardships with spirituality

Podcast: A healthy sense of spirituality is key to our ability to bounce back from adversity. Listen to more in this seven-minute excerpt of Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, by Brené Brown. (Courage Works)

Health Report

Raising well-being for universities students 


A recent survey found that life satisfaction levels in universities students in the UK are lower than the rest of the general population. That, along with other factors, have led experts to call the situation a "mental health crisis." Some universities offer programs and initiatives, such as pet therapy sessions, to increase the well-being of the population. (Independent)

End-of-Life Care
 
Dying Openly and Without Fear


Since Canada legalized "medical assistance in dying" in June 2016, more people have chosen to die by lethal injection. John Shields, who suffers from amyloidosis - an incurable disease - took the opportunity to host his own wake prior to his chosen day of death. (New York Times)
 
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Social care for the ageing prison population

The number of prisoners over the age of 60 in England and Wales have tripled in the past 15 years; however, social care has not. Initiating a national strategy to improve this area would be needed in order for terminally-ill prisoners to die in a humane fashion. (Care Appointments)

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