What does a "model" spiritual care staffing matrix look
like in today's Catholic health care organization? This question was posed to
the Catholic Health Association and the National Association of Catholic
Chaplains two years ago, leading to the creation of a Staffing
Subcommittee of CHA's Pastoral Care Advisory Committee.
During this one-hour webinar, presenters Julie Jones,
executive director of mission and ministry at Mercy, and Rev. Tom Harshman, director
of spiritual care and mission integration at Sequoia Hospital, who both serve
on the subcommittee, shared the research findings of CHA's Pastoral Care
Advisory Committee. Their presentation highlighted the variables to be considered when staffing
a spiritual care department and why a staffing model based on a ratio of
a predetermined number of patient beds to a chaplain, is no longer tenable.
They also explored what chaplains might need to "let go of" in order to embrace
new areas where spiritual care is needed and minister at the top of their
Presenters: Rev. Tom Harshman, M.Div., Director,
Spiritual Care & Mission Integration, Sequoia Hospital (a member of Dignity
Health) Redwood City, Calif.; and Julie M. Jones, MA, Executive Director,
Mission and Ministry, Mercy, St. Louis.
This is a recording of the webinar held on August 12, 2014.
Run Time: 58:12