November 18, 2009
Eleven-year Partnership with Volunteer Chaplains Celebrated at KCH

On November 18, Kane Community Hospital (KCH) celebrated an eleven-year partnership for the spiritual care of KCH patients with area ministers with an annual luncheon at the Hospital.

During the luncheon, CEO J. Gary Rhodes and Director of Nursing Pam Bray, RN offered their appreciation and shared the latest information regarding KCH's new affiliation with Hamot as well as other Hospital news.

The Volunteer Chaplain's Program began at KCH in November 1998 as a joint effort of the Kane Area Ministerial Association and Kane Community Hospital. The program was created in recognition that the healing process is multifaceted, and that frequently, if healing is to occur, spiritual needs must also be met.

"The purpose of the Volunteer Chaplain Program is to provide spiritual care on an 'on-call' basis, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for crisis situations, emergency needs; end-of-life and terminal care situations where an individual or a family system is challenged," noted Bray.

"The Volunteer Chaplain Program is such an important service to our patients and their families. After crisis intervention, appropriate referrals can be made for follow-up to local congregations or pastors, or to chaplains at a transfer facility if the patient requires transfer. Support is also available to our hospital staff as we cope with these difficult situations."

KCH realizes the importance of integrating the spiritual component in its delivery of health care. The chaplains are an integral part of the KCH healthcare team and have received orientation to hospital policies. Many volunteer chaplains also serve on hospital committees such as the Spiritual Care Team. With the help of the chaplains, services for our staff such as the 'Blessing of the Hands' ceremony and holiday services are also provided. KCH is proud of the mutually beneficial and growing relationship it has with community pastors.

Acknowledging with grateful praise the critical work of the chaplains, Bray noted, "On behalf of the hospital, I would like to publicly recognize and thank our Volunteer Chaplains: Theodore Benson, David Lake, David Pfleiger, Phillip Pinczewski, Craig Smith, Brian Snyder and Rich Glougau. These pastors hold regular meetings and sign up to be 'on call' to serve our patients, families and staff. They are truly a valuable part of our healthcare team at KCH."