The individual in this position is to be a specially trained clergy or lay person who shall offer and develop spiritual care services for the patients, patients’ guests and staff of UH Ahuja Medical Center. His/her work is to be in concert with physicians, nurses and other members of the healing sciences as well as with community parish ministers and representatives of the religious traditions of persons served by the hospital.

Primary responsibilities (Competencies)

  • Demonstrates effective leadership in the development and implementation of spiritual care programs/services, including the development of a community network of spiritual care providers, working with individual faith providers and training of spiritual care volunteers
  • Customer Service/Employee Relations, including flexibility in schedule, support to on call and off hours rotations
  • Educates and nurtures spiritual care volunteers, including role modeling, in-services, monitoring of work/communications, etc.
  • Coordinate with other clergy serving as chaplains and the community clergy visiting their members and to support them in their efforts.
  • Comfort patients and their families in time of anxiety and sorrow
  • Be available to patients, guests of patients and staff in times of crisis, supporting them (as requested) during surgery, critical conditions or death of a patient.
  • Be available for referral of patients in need of spiritual care and/or counseling services
  • Proactively work with leadership and staff to explore and develop a variety of ways by which the spiritual dimension of healing is integrated into the patients’ experiences
  • Work with leadership and staff on long range goals for the development of a comprehensive chaplaincy program
  • Develop and conduct educational workshops, seminars and short courses for spiritual care volunteers, community clergy and hospital staff.
  • Perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by Chaplain Partnership and/or supervisor of the spiritual care program.
  • Serve on appropriate hospital and system wide committees and assist in developing and /or evaluating hospital services, policies, or programs related to spiritual care
  • Supervise, manage and schedule all on-call chaplains, spiritual care volunteers, priests, rabbis and Jehovah Witnesses tending to our patients.


  • Hold degrees from a college and accredited theological school
  • Be ordained and/or have an ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Have at least 4 units of clinical pastoral education under a program accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or similar cognate body
  • Be spiritually mature and have an appreciation for a variety of religious values, beliefs and practices
  • Be able to physically go visit those in need of spiritual care during their work time, up to 8 hours per day.
  • Have compassion for and understanding of ministry to the sick and dying.
  • Ability to administer Anointing of the Sick if called upon to do so, or to try to coordinate the sacrament with a local Catholic priest.
  • Have ability to relate well with clergy or other representatives of other faiths and traditions, leadership, staff and all members of the hospital community
  • Keep up to date with developments in theology, in pastoral practice and in the hospital and medical field
  • 2 years of hospital chaplaincy beyond CPE preferred.

Organizational Chart

Work Process Flow

  • Patient or staff in need of spiritual care between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Monday- Friday will vocera “Spiritual Care”.Hospital chaplain is responsible for taking and/or delegating all calls that come into spiritual care between these hours.
  • Outside of these hours the on call chaplain will field these calls and respond to accordingly
  • If hospital Chaplain cannot fulfill the person’s request they will reach out to their community contacts to find resolution in a timely manner


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