He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God. (Mica 6:8 NIV)
Being a chaplain is an inner calling, a loving desire to serve others with no expectation of reward. This can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of life.
The SGMH chaplains are an important part of the healthcare team.
WHO ARE THE CHAPLAINS?
The chaplains are people who give the gift of themselves and of their time to do something in which they believe; people who, by their actions, not just their words, are ready to help where help is needed; and people who are ready to serve where service is wanted.
Chaplains minister to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of the patient and his/her family and the hospital staff. They provide 24-hour, seven day a week "on-call" coverage.
In the often stressful and demanding healthcare environment, the chaplain is an understanding friend and confidant. The chaplains provide a listening ear and a pastoral point of view. They are an advocate for patient-rights. The chaplains are a vital part of the healthcare team that provides excellent and complete patient care.
The chaplains are available at all times to provide spiritual or emotional support to patients, their families, and friends in the hospital.
• Healing touch
• Provide spiritual support for our patients and families.
• Encourage patients to talk about their feelings concerning illness.
• Provide an avenue for ethical discussions.
• Contact clergy persons to provide chaplaincy services for a patient's preferred faith.
• Provide and facilitate spiritual and/or emotional responses to current situations.
• Encourage discussion of pain, fear and other concerns.
• Enable life review, when appropriate.
• Are concerned with issues surrounding death.
• Provide comfort in the middle of fear, anxiety and loss.
• Nurture the process of forgiveness and reconciliation.
• Respect the confidentiality of the patient.
• Are sensitive to the patient's illness and needs.
• Report anything unusual or unexpected to the charge nurse.
• Are available for family conferences.
A chaplain is at the hospital each day making every effort to visit all patients. There is also a chaplain on call 24 hours-a-day. If you are interested in joining the Chaplaincy Program, please call (951) 769-2137
Paul Schmidt - Head Chaplain
Rev. Bill Dunn
Merle & Mary Malland
Sharon Klein Hart
District Elder Preston Norman Jr.
Father Jerry Vecchione