June Carmean is a new Chaplain Partnership board member. June recently retired from her position as Director of Quality and Accreditation at Lutheran Hospital. She worked over 41 years in various positions at Lutheran, Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals.
June shared that during her more than 10 years working as an emergency room nurse she saw firsthand the value of chaplaincy: “The emergency room is where I gained the respect for the role of the chaplain.” June recalled a story about a chaplain interaction that was one of many that has stayed with her. “My most vivid memory is when Chaplain Jim Kulma was working at Lutheran many years ago. A mother came into the emergency room with a baby who had died of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). She couldn’t handle the situation and left the baby in a crib at the hospital. We were upset and didn’t know what to do. Chaplain Kulma came in, took the baby out of the crib and held him. He stepped in and knew what was needed during a difficult time. A week later he followed up with us to see how we were doing. I was impressed at his ability to meet people’s needs and to assess the needs of staff.”
June’s experience with chaplains led her to accept an invitation to serve on the Chaplain Partnership Interview Committee which was responsible for placing chaplains in area hospitals. This led to an invitation to join the board. June is enjoying her new role with Chaplain Partnership and is looking forward to serving on the 100th Anniversary Committee as well as learning more about our ministry and the institutions where we serve.
June lives in Parma with her husband, Les, and her Golden Retriever, Sandy. She is enjoying her retirement and has been busy working on home improvements, connecting with family and friends and traveling. She also serves on the board of the Western Region Credit Union. She and her husband attend St. Paul Lutheran Church in Berea.