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Both organizations collaborate to highlight the need for spiritual care at the community level

New York, N.Y. (Oct. 5, 2017) HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) – through its affiliate the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) – has formed a collaboration agreement with the New York State Chaplain Task Force (NYSCTF), an affiliate of New York Chaplaincy Services. Both organizations will be working closely to heighten attention to the need for spiritual care services in their local communities and around the country.

NYSCTF trains Interfaith Chaplains in providing spiritual care and emotional support efficiently and effectively to individuals, families, and to public and private institutions. Since 1961, HCCN has served a similar aim. Through HCCN’s affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association, a professional membership-based 501(c)(3), members are able to utilize educational resources, such as Chaplain Credentialing and becoming a Board Certified Chaplain, as well as self-guided curriculum and instructor-led courses. With 1,300 members and an affiliate consisting of 13 global organizations, SCA has established evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care. The partnership is monumental for both organizations.

“We have an extensive curriculum that will benefit New York State Chaplains Task Force,” said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN/SCA President and CEO. “The work they are doing is appreciated and well received in the community and it is important for us to unite so both of our organizations will continue to have a strong presence.”

In 2011, Rev. Marcos A. Miranda, who serves as President, founded NYSCTF in response to lack of spiritual care in the community. NYSCTF has 1,200 members and works 24-hours a day, year-round to assist state and local government in times of crisis. Chaplains are encouraged to complete their Intensive Training Program, in which he/she accumulates a minimum of 400 clinical and/or volunteer hours over the course of 10 weeks, which encompasses specialized training to work within health care settings, correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies and faith/community-based organizations. In addition, their chaplains are nationally certified in First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Upon completion, each chaplain becomes certified by New York State Chaplaincy, supervised by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and are members of Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

“I am what you would call an alumni of HCCN, completing the first two Clinical Pastoral Education units with their CPE program,” explained Rev. Marcos. “I believe the creation of the Spiritual Care Association is filling a great void that has existed when it came to progressive and adaptive chaplaincy education, chaplain credentialing and certification. I want our organization to be a part of that.”

Rev. Miranda invited Rev. Hall to join NYSCTF’s Board of Directors as a Specialty Advisor in August 2017. Through Rev. Hall’s involvement, the goal is to expand the training of the chaplains, promote the benefits of becoming members of the Spiritual Care Association, as well as to provide guidance to Rev. Miranda.

The New York State Chaplain Task Force has worked with the New York Police Department, American Red Cross, Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, New York City Department of Corrections (Riker’s Island), as well as various nursing homes and assisted living and shelter facilities. The Task Force offers a spiritual care program that can be customized to suit the needs of the recipients.

“Partnerships like ours are groundbreaking and will pave the way for the future of spiritual care. I'm excited about the many possibilities,” said Rev. Miranda.


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 or call 212-644-1111


About Spiritual Care Association

The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that includes a comprehensive evidence-based model that defines, delivers, trains and tests for the provision of high-quality spiritual care. SCA, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit affiliate of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a global nonprofit organization focused on spiritual-related clinical care, research and education. For more information, visit www.SpiritualCareAssociation.org or call 212-644-1111


About New York State Chaplain Task Force

New York State Chaplain Task Force, an affiliate of New York Chaplaincy Services, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which trains, maintains and dispatches highly skilled volunteer Inter-Faith Community Crisis Chaplains to provide spiritual and emotional support and assistance to individuals and their families, local & state agencies, as well as public and private institutions, in times of crisis. We take pride in providing 24/7, 365-days-a -year emergency spiritual and emotional support services. www.nychaplaincyservices.org.


Media contact
Charysse Harper
212-644-111, ext.107

September 2017  Issue No. 25


Registration for the Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference is now open
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network will host its 5th annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, April 23-25, 2018, in New Orleans, LA. There will be over 30 workshops, Pre-Conference Intensives and a specialty track for nurses and social workers.
Register by January 31, 2018, for a chance to win two tickets to the New Orleans Jazz Fest! Discounted rate for SCA members.

Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference

Spiritual Care

Spiritual training for doctors

A study conducted by Faith in Practice has shown that doctors who are trained on spirituality are twice as likely to conduct regular spiritual assessment. (Fierce Healthcare)

Palliative Care

Palliative care needed sooner than later

Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study which shows that earlier access to hospice and palliative care are needed to address disability at the end of life. (Globe News Wire)

Palliative Care - Viewpoints

The demand for palliative care rises

The benefits of palliative care continues to grow. Dr. Helen Senderovich explains why she administers this type of treatment as opposed to others.  (The Star)

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End-of-Life Care

Hospice care as an afterthought

Although Medicare has fully covered the cost of hospice care for the terminally ill since 1982, only 43% of people have initiated that type of care. (U.S. News)
Talking about death can be very useful 
It makes sense to inform loved ones on end-of-life care is helpful when it comes to making decisions if the patient is unable to do so. However, putting it into practice is so much harder.


The link between spirituality and the environment
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reminded people of the power of Mother Nature. While we feel we have an important role on this planet - possibly by our job; our role as a provider - it can be taken away in an instant.  How can this aid in our spiritual journey? (Edmond Sun)

Health Report

Whole person care starts with food
You know the saying: "You are what you eat." This has never been more true than now. Maintaining a healthy diet supports brain, mental and physical health. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

The need for social connection is higher than you think
In the age of social media, people are more isolated. Loneliness can cause severe health problems that were once solely attributed to poor diet and genetics. (American Journal of Managed Care)

Good Reads
Raising funds for a homeless man

Mental health issues has driven a Colorado man to become homeless. However, generosity has gotten him on his feet.
Read more


The Excellence in Spiritual Care Award is a unique recognition. The program is designed to affirm strengths and create a guide for improving the provision of spiritual care based on identified best practices.  Read about the evaluation process.
Contact Rev. Amy Strano to learn more
212.644.1111 x219

Mercy Health



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
212-644-1111, ext. 107

August 2017  Issue No. 24


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)
Read more

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)


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)
Read more

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)

Read more


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 
July 2017 Issue No. 23


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]
Read more


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)

Read more
Good Reads
The subtle symptoms of death

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

Finding happiness in being miserable

It is not possible to be constantly happy. One therapist explains how feeling discontented aids in our level of happiness.

Read more


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