Published on October 11, 2018

Holzer Recognizes Volunteer Chaplains


Photo is of Holzer Volunteer Chaplains Group.

Holzer Health System recently hosted its Volunteer Chaplains Association for their Annual Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon.  The national theme, “Hospitality: Cultivating Time”, honors the time chaplains give to others to help them feel welcome and valued in spiritual care relationships. This includes listening and showing appreciation of others who look to chaplains for support and allowing them to feel able to express their concerns. The time given in hearing and affirming another person’s problems helps promote inner healing and hope.  

“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.”

Chaplains recognized include: Honorary Chaplain: Ron Nicholas – 16 years; Active Gallia County Chaplains: Brenda Barnhart – 3 years, Joe Bowers – new chaplain, Mike Buchanan – new chaplain, Ron Bynum – 18 years,  Anne Cappelletti – 8 years, James Greene – 1 year, Alfred Holley – 43 years, Bob Hood – 8 years, John Jackson – 35 years, Heath Jenkins – 17 years, Craig Klein – new chaplain, Steven McDaniel – 1 year, Kandy Nuce – 15 years, John O’Brien – 8 years, Patrick O’Donnell – 8 years, Bob Powell – 22 years, AJ Stack – 3 years, Jamie Sisson – 3 years, Vickie Swanson – 5 years, Ed Valentine – 12 years, and Paul Voss – 17 years. Active Jackson Chaplains include: Bob Anderson – 18 years, Bob Davis – 43 years, Stan Howard – 15 years, Jane Karl – 27 years, David Kelly – 6 years, Beverly Morris – 10 years, Hannah Niday – 2 years, John Rozewicz – 7 years. Active Mason County Chaplain are Tom Beckette – new chaplain, and Neil Tennant – 4 years. Active Meigs County Chaplains are James Acree – 7 years and Gary Ellis – 11 years.

This year’s speakers for the event was Patrick O’ Donnell, with the topic of “Listening for Heaven’s Sake”. O’Donnell is the associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Gallipolis, Ohio, where he is the Chief Administrator of Ohio Valley Christian School.  Previously, he served as a chaplain at a residential juvenile home in Michigan for 19 years.

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.

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

photo of guest speaker, Patrick O’Donnell

Photo is of guest speaker, Patrick O’Donnell.

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