Spiritual Care Advisory Council

Purpose

The Spiritual Care Advisory Council shall be constituted to perform certain advisory functions related to the development and implementation of spiritual and pastoral care within the Catholic health ministry including issues around chaplaincy, the provision of sacraments and the well-being of all who are served and serve within the ministry to enable the Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Services and the staff to carry out their duties on behalf of the Association.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

The Spiritual Care Advisory Council acknowledges that the provision of spiritual and pastoral care is of critical importance to the identity of the ministry. As such, the Spiritual Care Advisory Council, will, at all times be guided by CHA's mission statement, CHA's Statement of Shared Identity, and its seven core commitments which are: acting as a ministry of the church, promoting, and defending human dignity, attending to the whole person, promoting the common good, caring for people who are poor and vulnerable, acting on behalf of justice and stewarding resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Spiritual Care Advisory Council will provide staff with input on the state of spiritual care within ministries and issues which are arising. Members will also provide ongoing commentary on the discipline of spiritual care. The Spiritual Care Advisory Council's activities are in furtherance of the Association's goal to protect the provision of robust spiritual care in Catholic ministries. This council works closely with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) leadership and shares resources and best practices across the ministry through articles, webinars, and the CHA and NACC websites.

COMPOSITION:

The council is comprised of 10 to 12 mission and spiritual care leaders representing the continuum of care (acute, post-acute, long-term care, physician practices/clinics, hospice/palliative care) as well as various organizational levels (system, regional and facility). The council utilizes subcommittees and task forces to accomplish its work. The council meets several times a year in person or by teleconference. There are no limits on terms of service.

STAFF LEAD:

The Spiritual Care Advisory Council will be staffed by the Catholic Health Association's Director of Mission who will provide logistical and administrative support, as appropriate, and facilitate agendas and documentation of meeting.


Chairperson

Jennifer Cobb, M.Div., MBA, BCC
Director, Mission Services
Catholic Health Association

Members

Alan E. Bowman, M.Div., MBA
Vice President, Mission Integration
Trinity Health Continuing Care

Rev. Lawrence Chellaian
Vice President, Mission Integration
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

Theresa Vithayathil Edmonson
Vice President, Spiritual Health
Providence St. Joseph Health

Ruth Jandeska, Ed.D., MA, BCC
System Director, Spiritual Care
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Art W. Maddock, MDiv, BCC
Manager, Pastoral Services
Mercy

Erica Cohen Moore
Executive Director
National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Rev. Gregory Nealon
Division Director of Mission
St. Joseph Medical Center

Antonina M. Olszewski
Associate Vice President of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care
Ascension

Tim Serban
System Executive Director Spiritual Health - Home and Community Care
Providence Health & Services - Oregon Region


Staff Coordinators

Dennis Gonzales
Sr. Director, Mission Innovation & Integration
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Jill E. Fisk
Director, Mission Services
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Karla Keppel
Mission Project Coordinator
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Past Accomplishments

2007 – CHA Pastoral Care Survey

2007-2008 – CHA/NACC Pastoral Care Summits

2009 – Health Progress issue on pastoral care

2012 – CHA Survey of Executives and Clinicians on Spiritual Care

2012-2014 – Spiritual Care Staffing Model

Elevator Speeches: How Do Talk About Our ministry?

2014-2015 Spiritual care assessment and the EMR


Work in Progress (2016-2017)

Patient Services Subcommittee – Developing a spiritual care screening tool to be administered by clinicians in outpatient settings to determine when a spiritual care consult is needed

Staff Support – Share resources used across the ministry that focus on maintaining spirituality in the workplace in the midst of rapid change and transition.

Chaplain Development – Develop resources to help chaplains develop their leadership skills especially in the area of operations and finance.