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June 2018  Issue No. 31

HCCN & SCA Release Evidence-Based White Paper for Collaboration Between Social Workers and Chaplains
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and its affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) have released their newest white paper on the integration of spiritual care for the role of a social worker in the medical field entitled "Spiritual Care and Social Work:  Integration into Practice."

Palliative Care
Providence St. Joseph Rolls Out New End-of-Life Initiatives
The Renton, Wash.-based health system is offering a new advanced directive online toolkit-available in multiple languages and tailored for each of the seven states where the health system operates-that helps patients choose what type of end-of-life care they want, accessible through Providence St. Joseph's electronic health record. (Modern Healthcare)


Younger Adults Are Less Religious, and Not Only in the US 
A new study by the Pew Research Center looks at religious feelings among older and younger adults. (Religion News Service)

Health Report

Exercise vs. Standing? You Probably Need to Do Both
Moderate exercise does different things to the body than incidental activities like standing up. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

One Thing You'll Find in the Obits of Many Long-Living People

A new report finds that people with a religious affiliation live up to 4 years longer than those with no ties to religion. (Science Daily)

School Chaplains Legal Challenge Argues Program is Discriminatory

Tribunal asked to rule that applicants for chaplain positions not be ruled out based on religion. (The Guardian)

The Excellence in Spiritual Care Award from HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a prestigious recognition of excellence in spiritual care in your organization.
Assess - begin with HCCN's self-assessment tool to help determine your organization's strengths and weaknesses 
Assist - work with HCCN's experts on strategies for improving the provision of spiritual care 
Award - if achieved, increases the visibility of your spiritual care department, celebrates the service of chaplains and signifies that your
organization is committed to addressing your patients' spiritual and religious needs through the best practices in spiritual care 

~ Assists in more fully integrating chaplaincy services into your overall health care delivery 

~ Helps insure your compliance with the Joint Commission's standards as they relate to spiritual care 

~ Identifies areas in your spiritual care program in need of improvement 

Provides consultation to achieve goals 

~ Increases the visibility of your spiritual care program within your organization and community 

~ Validates that your organization is committed to identifying and optimally addressing your patients' spiritual and religious needs by a leader in spiritual care

To learn more, contact:
Rev. Brian Hughes
(212) 644-1111 ext. 261
May 2018  Issue No. 30

Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC) Certification Recognizes Additional Knowledge and Skill Chaplains Have Demonstrated
HCCN/SCA has announced a new distinction from the Spiritual Care Association: Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC). These chaplains have been trained and tested in standardized curriculum based on the latest evidence in areas including department management, HIPAA regulations, the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of spiritual distress, cultural competency, advance care directives, patient clinical care, staff support, grief, and bereavement among other essential topics.

Go to the SCA Certification website for more information on credentialing and certification as a chaplain.

Palliative Care
Dedicated End-of-Life Education Program Improves Nurses' Care,
Patient and Family Satisfaction
A dedicated nurse education program to enhance care of patients with cancer and their families at the end of life can improve nurse confidence in their management of end-of-life care, a presentation at the 2018 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress has shown. (Oncology Nurse Advisor)


The 'Gifts' of Pentecost and Shavuot 
This weekend marks the observance of Pentecost and Shavuot, holy days to Christians and Jews respectively. And both involve certain "gifts" that don't come with wrapping and bows. (Religion News Service)

Health Report

FDA Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines
Many experts believe the new drug will usher in a new era in treatment for people who suffer the most severe form of these headaches. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

In Defense of Sympathy, In Consideration of Empathy and In Praise of Compassion: A History of the Present

Are sympathy, empathy and compassion words that everyone uses but no one understands? (Ana Soto-Rubio, MSc and Shane Sinclair, Phd: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 55, No. 5, May 2018)

Rev. Patrick Conroy Sworn Back in as House Chaplain

The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn back in May 2, 2018, as the chaplain of the House of Representatives, less than a week after he decided to rescind his resignation. (NBC News)

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network offers a large selection of Professional Continuing Education (PCE) and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programming and resources for its chaplain constituency and the broad spectrum of spiritual care and healthcare providers. 
April 2018  Issue No. 29

HCCN/SCA Announces New Certification
HCCN/SCA has announced a new distinction from the Spiritual Care Association: Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC). Our certification process and the inclusion of our evidence-based educational training, our patient exam, and knowledge-based test have prepared a mass of chaplains who exhibit significant additional knowledge and skill. This new designation of APBCC now denotes the accomplishment and the distinction these chaplains have demonstrated.
Go to the SCA Certification website for more information on credentialing and certification as a chaplain.
SCA President Promotes Increased Awareness of Importance
of Spiritual Care
Spiritual Care Association (SCA) President and CEO Rev. Eric J. Hall visited Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, to advocate increased awareness of the importance of spiritual care and to promote legislative and regulatory initiatives to expand access to quality spiritual care. 

Palliative Care

Global Advocacy White Paper Emerges from Vatican Conference

The Academia Pro Vita (APV, trans. Academy for Life) at the Vatican held a conference in Rome at the end of February to showcase the work of the PAL-LIFE Project, comprising a group of global experts convened by the APV to develop palliative care strategies for health systems in countries of all income levels and faiths. The first product of this multi-year effort is a draft 'White Paper for Global Palliative Care Advocacy' addressed to stakeholders from a broad spectrum of global and multilateral institutions and professions. (IAHPC)

The webcast provides an excellent opportunity to engage your entire staff or multiple members of an organization who might not otherwise be able to attend or conference in-person. Registering for webcast facilitates the sharing and dissemination of knowledge while minimizing cost and travel time.


The Health Benefits of Religion 

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that faith and spiritually can enhance your health, and perhaps even extend your life. (Daily Herald)

Health Report

Getting Up Early May Be Better For Your Health

Morning people may live longer than night owls, a new study suggests. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

Offline: "A Sea of Suffering"

Suffering -- including spiritual suffering -- is moving from the fringes of the global health care value equation to the center along with cure of disease. (The Lancet)

Sister Jean Guides Ramblers On and Off the Court

More about the woman who became a media sensation during the NCAA Final Four. (Loyola University Chicago)

HCCN-TV® The Spiritual Care Network is a series of ten television episodes that provide spiritual care information, inspiration and comfort.
December 2017  Issue No. 28


Spiritual Care Association (SCA) visits Capitol Hill
Spiritual Care Association (SCA) President and CEO Rev. Eric J. Hall visited Capitol Hill on Tues, Dec. 12, 2017, where he met with key members of Congress to expand access to quality spiritual care.
Wholeness of Life Gala 2017 Community Honorees
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ hosted its annual Wholeness of Life Gala on Thurs, Nov. 16, 2017, at Guastavino's in New York City. Each year, the organization recognizes men and women who dedicate their lives to the spiritual care field in their community. This year, HCCN honored seven individuals.

Palliative Care

Canada passes end-of-life health care bill
On Tues, Dec. 12, 2017, Canada passed Bill C-277, more popularly known as the "Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act."  It will grant people the option of quality end-of-life care. (CBC News) 
Introducing palliative care to developing nations
Nearly 25 million people die each year in low-to-middle-income countries due to lack of painkillers. A study by The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief found that the large contrast could be the catalyst to introducing palliative care to developing nations. (The New York Times)

Spiritual Care

The future of spiritual care
Times are changing, which could be good or bad for chaplains. On one hand, only half of American adults attend religious services, but more people claim to be more spiritual today than ever. What does this mean for those in the spiritual care field?  (HuffPost) 

Obtain one full day of education before the start of the Conference with our 
Pre-Conference Intensives on Sunday, April 22.


Adventure sports to assist in spirituality
It is well known that having a connection with nature aids in a person's spirituality. A look at how adventure sports brings one closer to their enlightenment. (Daily Pioneer)

End-of-Life Care

The holidays may be the best time to discuss end-of-life care

Think about it: you may only see certain family members around the holidays. According to Hospice of Cincinnati, this may be the ideal time to have "the talk" about end-of-life care. (Cincinnati.com)

Health Report
The health effects of social isolation and loneliness

Social isolation and loneliness are not necessarily related; however, they both have an effect on a person's health that is quite surprising. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

Managing depression during the holidays

It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed - which can lead to depression - over the holidays. Whether it be the various activities going on, purchasing holiday presents or the possible meal at the home of loved ones, all of this can generate stress. Learn how to control it. (Forbes)

Not only Santa can spread holiday joy

Each year, an anonymous businessman gives thousands of dollars to strangers around the country. This year, this "Secret Santa" visited areas of Texas where the effects of the hurricane is still being felt. (WTKR.com)

Read more


Our 2017-2018 Accomplishments and Outlook: Creating the New World of Spiritual Care is now available online!  

Dear Franklin,
We are living in unsettled times.
A quick Internet search on the prevalence of fear and worry in America today will yield broad coverage of the subject and the issues driving this widespread apprehension. From just a brief sampling:
  • “Why Americans are More Afraid than They Used to Be” (Time Magazine)
  • “Mass Shootings and Trauma: In a World that No Longer Feels Safe, How Do We Cope?” (USA Today)
  • “We're Living in the Age of Fear” (Rolling Stone Magazine)
  • “Americans are More Fearful of Terrorism than at Any Other Time since 9/11” (Time Magazine)
Americans are unsure about the safety of their families, finances, and communities. At the same time, many are facing life-altering situations of their own that can include their or a family member’s health crisis, loss of a loved one, troubled relationships, and isolation due to age, illness or any number of factors in their personal lives.
Someone to Talk To 
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network hears from people every day who are struggling to face the fear in their own lives, or hoping to help another who is suffering from illness, addiction, depression, or other difficulties that challenge us to our core. Our line is open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and worldviews, and is not restricted to addressing one particular type of problem.
HCCN offers a place to turn for anyone seeking support, understanding, and an end to isolation that is sometimes fueled by fear or despair. Our chaplains offer person-to-person care at numerous hospitals and outpatient facilities in New York and beyond. And, via phone, email or video call, people are reaching out to our helpline – called Chat with a Chaplain or Chat with a Counselor – for connection, relief and a way forward.
Why Chaplains?
Misunderstanding continues to this day about what chaplains do. Dispelling this misunderstanding is critically important, especially given the unique set of skills that chaplains bring to their work. A chaplain can be part of any faith tradition, or no faith tradition. She or he may be a clergy member, but even chaplains who are clergy are specifically trained – through both academic work and a clinical residency – to address the emotional, existential and spiritual needs of anyone who seeks help, regardless of that person’s faith, or lack thereof. Proselytizing is not under the chaplain’s purview. Chaplaincy care is open to all, without exception.    
In this complete openness and compassionate understanding that all faiths – whether of organized traditions or individually-held – connect with each other in our spiritual depths, chaplaincy is a profession that can bring healing in these times of fear, hurtful rhetoric and division.  
Reaching More People at Times of Deepest Need
At HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, we are working to make a greater difference in this world of ever-increasing need – to reach greater numbers of people in crisis with our Chat with a Chaplain or Chat with a Counselor helpline, and to provide more bedside chaplaincy services at our partner hospitals where we care for patients, families and medical staff.
Indeed, the services of our chaplains are more in demand than ever before. In 2017, we added six new hospitals to those where we provide direct chaplaincy care. Increasing numbers of nurses, social workers and doctors are looking to HealthCare Chaplaincy for education on how to address the spiritual, emotional and existential concerns of their patients – how, in other words, to care for the human spirit in conjunction with all else they do. And we are leading the way in defining and sharing best practices to ensure that this kind of care, which considers patients’ values and deepest concerns, is based on what works in relieving suffering and improving patient experience and satisfaction.   
Your year-end support will make a profound difference
in the lives of many who are facing the challenges
that can define us as human beings.
Your gift will enable HealthCare Chaplaincy Network to help individuals overcome fear, pain and isolation and work toward resolution as together we face our world, ourselves, and our potential for wholeness and happiness. 
Wishing you every blessing for a peaceful holiday season and coming year.
Rev. Eric J. Hall
President and CEO
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network