Published on November 17, 2017

Holzer Recognizes Volunteer Chaplains

Holzer Health System recently hosted its Volunteer Chaplains Association for their Annual Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon. This year’s theme, “Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion,” acknowledges the role of Chaplains in growing and nurturing attitudes and actions that help people feel cared for as valuable members of the human family. Healthcare Chaplains specifically provide spiritual assessment and compassionate support to those who may feel excluded because of sickness or injury.

“The annual event is held to show our appreciation for all the chaplains do in caring for our patients,” stated Fred Williams, Ph.D., Director of Chaplaincy, Holzer Health System. “We have numerous chaplains who come into our facilities in Gallipolis and Jackson to provide spiritual guidance to those who request it. And we are blessed with an amazing group of individuals who voluntarily give of their time and talents to provide this essential part of the healing process.”

A special part of this year’s event included a memorial to Chaplain Glenn Rowe. Chaplain Rowe served with the Holzer Volunteer Chaplain’s Association from 2005-2017. He served as Pastor of the Clifton Charge United Methodist Churches in Mason, West Virginia (sometimes 3 churches). He faithfully served as a chaplain and on the Executive Committee most of his tenure as a chaplain. A service certificate was presented to his wife, Linda, who was regarded as a special guest during the meeting. We fondly remember and honor Chaplain Rowe, his work, and his spirit.

Chaplains recognized include: Honorary Chaplain: Ron Nicholas – 16 years; Active Gallia County Chaplains: Brenda Barnhart – 2 years, Ron Bynum – 18 years, Anne Cappelletti – 7 years, Leslie Flemming – 7 years, James Greene – new chaplain, Alfred Holley – 42 years, Bob Hood – 7 years, John Jackson – 34 years, Heath Jenkins – 16 years, Steven McDaniel – new chaplain, Kandy Nuce – 14 years, John O’Brien – 7 years, Patrick O’Donnell – 7 years, Bob Powell – 21 years, AJ Stack – 2 years, Jamie Sisson – 2 years, Vickie Swanson – 4 year, Ed Valentine – 11 years, and Paul Voss – 16 years. Active Jackson Chaplains include: Bob Anderson – 17 years, Bob Davis – 42 years, Stan Howard – 14 years, Jane Karl – 26 years, David Kelly – 5 years, Beverly Morris – 9 years, Hannah Niday – 1 year, John Rozewicz – 6 years. Active Mason County Chaplain is Neil Tennant – 3 years. Active Meigs County Chaplains are James Acree – 6 years and Gary Ellis – 10 years.

This year’s speakers for the event included Dennis Sullivan, MD, MA, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Mark Pinkerton, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, both at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio. This year’s topic centered on a chaplain’s discussion of suicide and concluded with a live debate on Assisted Suicide.

Dr. Sullivan received his MD from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, trained in general surgery, and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Dr. Sullivan and his family worked for twelve years as medical missionaries, in Haiti, West Indies, and then in the Central African Republic. Since 1996, he has been a member of the faculty at Cedarville University. In 2004, he received his MA in bioethics from Trinity University in Chicago, and now primarily teaches medical ethics and law. He directs the university’s Center for Bioethics.

Dr. Pinkerton is a 1983 alumnus of Cedarville University, and received his MS in biochemistry from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He received his MD degree from Medical College of Ohio (Toledo) in 1991. His family practice residency was at Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio. For 17 years, Dr. Pinkerton practiced in the rural Colorado town of Monte Vista, then from 2011-2014, he practiced in Cedarville. In 2014, he joined the faculty of Cedarville University.

Chaplaincy Services provides routine pastoral visitation for our patients and residents in each Holzer facility. Emergency pastoral care and intervention can be requested through either the Holzer Operator or the Nursing Administrator.
The following services are provided free of charge:

• Patient and Staff Visitation provides a routine opportunity for the patient, family member, or a staff member to raise issues in a non-threatening manner and find resolution through dialogue, prayer, and reflection with a chaplain that is protected by confidentiality.
• Pastoral Presence and Prayer provides clinically trained hospital chaplains to patients, their families, and the staff when challenged by circumstances of life that stress human experience to provide emotional comfort and spiritual support.
• Pastoral Care and Counseling provides the added value of clinically trained chaplains with a faith based perspective in helping patients, their families, and the staff make sense of their circumstances and the opportunity for healing at an emotional and spiritual level.
• Practical Counseling provides representative ministry at the most crucial moments of life when our patients, their family, and/or the staff experience a significant disruption in the regular, routine aspects of life. Chaplains represent the healthcare system to provide information and interpretation on matters of ethics, patient rights, and responsibilities based on sound teachings, policies, procedures, and practices.
• Spiritual Assessments provide the medical and nursing staff with an alternative perspective when providing service within the healthcare setting. Spiritual Assessments are based upon a clinical interview with the patient by the chaplain in understanding the patient’s concerns, desires, and needs that may transcend the traditional medical model for care, but that contribute to the plan of care.
• Conflict Resolution provides a third party intervention into difficult and problematic situations when patients and their families are challenged by healthcare choices.
• Crisis Intervention and Grief Counseling provides clinically trained hospital chaplains and counselors for those situations that place people in stressful circumstances due to emergencies, trauma, or loss. In both cases, the interventions and counseling are provided within the healthcare facility during the need.
• Advance Directives provide guidance for end-of-life care decision making for the patient and patient’s family. This can include assistance with living wills and medical powers of attorney.

For more information, or to become a part of the Holzer Volunteer Chaplaincy Program, call (740) 446-5053.

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