Thank You!

Chaplain Partnership and Staff, Thank you all for the Christian love, care and comfort you bring to those in hospitals and nursing homes. My hope is that my quilts/blankets provide added warmth to those Young and Not-So-Young who need to know that in Jesus’ name I too care about them. In Christian love, MaryBeth Bartik

“Do you have a sense of peace today?”

Here’s an interesting read from the Kansas City Star regarding primary care physicians’ attention to patients’ spiritual and religious beliefs.

Stories of Hope and Healing

Stepping back into my office after a long morning of doing rounds on my various hospital units, I found a note taped to my door. It was a request from a young husband who asked that I visit with his wife. She was recently admitted and they were awaiting a diagnosis so that a plan […]

No One Dies Alone

“I was called to the ICU and told that the condition of Ruth (not her real name), who was 74 years old and had been on life support for two weeks, was declining quickly. As her organs began to fail and doctors from multiple disciplines examined her, they conferred and agreed that everything that could […]

What can our spiritual care providers do to help cancer patients?

Here’s an interesting and informative article by Flora Washburn, from the Santa Maria Times on how chaplains can assist those dealing with cancer and/or other serious illnesses.  

Westlake Meal on Wheels Opens 2nd Kitchen

Westlake Meals on Wheels is thrilled to announce the opening of a second kitchen. The additional location is in the community center in Olmsted Township. The nonprofit now has the opportunity to serve homebound residents in surrounding areas. Meals are made fresh and delivered Monday through Friday. The program also serves as a daily well […]

Board of Directors

Chaplain Partnership held its annual meeting and elections on May 24. Special guest was Bishop Abraham Allende of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).   The following individuals were elected as officers for 2018-2019:   President: Barbara Hoekstra (Lutheran Hospital, retired) Vice President: Megan Patton (ODA Strategy) Secretary: Geraldine J. Butler, […]

The Gift of Compassion

The act of being “present” that our chaplains provide allows others the chance to share their joys, sorrows and fears with someone who cares. Our chaplains offer the gift of compassion without the burden of prejudice. They offer themselves to the other, in the moment and alive to the present. This type of intimate connection […]

We’d love to hear your story!

Our chaplains make a difference. Whether it’s comforting the sorrowful, helping someone adjust to a scary diagnosis, offering a religious service or celebrating the birth of a child, our chaplains provide a listening, non-judgmental and supportive presence to those in need. If you’ve been ministered to by a chaplain and would care to share your story, […]

Notes from the Executive Director

I’m very pleased to welcome UH Portage Medical Center to Chaplain Partnership and thank them for the opportunity to serve their patients, their patients’ families and the hospital’s staff. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and supported our 10th Annual Wine Tasting Garden Party on June 22. It was an […]