Spir­i­tual care at NHH

Providers on hand as hospi­tal marks Spir­i­tual And Re­li­gious Care Aware­ness Week

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - CE­CILIA NASMITH cna­smith@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_c­na­smith

COBOURG — Northum­ber­land Hills Hospi­tal rec­og­nizes Spir­i­tual and Re­li­gious Care Aware­ness Week this month with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and aware­ness ini­tia­tives.

Spon­sored by the Cana­dian Mul­ti­faith Fed­er­a­tion, the theme for the 2017 na­tional week is For­giv­ing In An Un­for­giv­ing World — which, the press re­lease stated, serves to re­in­force the hospi­tal’s com­mit­ment to sup­port and value the ser­vices of­fered by spir­i­tual and re­li­gious providers at the hospi­tal, as well as in the com­mu­nity at large.

Rec­og­niz­ing the role spir­i­tual care can play in the to­tal health and well­be­ing of pa­tients, the NHH Spir­i­tual Care Com­mit­tee and its on-call Spir­i­tual Care Pro­gram work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal faith com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port in­ter­faith care for th hospi­tal’s pa­tients, fam­i­lies and team mem­bers.

Those in­volved in spir­i­tual care at NHH are all vol­un­teers, the an­nounce­ment stated.

“They in­clude min­is­ters, priests and lay peo­ple trained in coun­selling, so­cial work or other re­lated fields,”it listed.

“Rather than rep­re­sent­ing their re­spec­tive faith groups, they work as a team on be­half of NHH. Their role is to pro­vide a safe space for pa­tients, as well as hospi­tal per­son­nel, to com­mu­ni­cate their feel­ings and hopes and to re­ceive the spir­i­tual and emo­tional sup­port they need. “

Spir­i­tual-care providers are as­signed to the hospi­tal’s var­i­ous units, and they visit pa­tients on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. They are also avail­able as needed, on an on-call ba­sis. Pa­tients and their loved ones may speak to any mem­ber of their care team at any time.

The hospi­tal’s Spir­i­tual Care Cen­tre (lo­cated on the first floor) serves many pur­poses and many faiths. It is open around the clock seven days a week to serve as a quiet spot for re­flec­tion by both staff and pa­tients.

Spir­i­tual Care Providers are as­signed to var­i­ous units in the hospi­tal and visit pa­tients on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. They are also avail­able, as needed, on an on-call ba­sis. Pa­tients, or their loved ones, may speak to any mem­ber of their care team to re­quest spir­i­tual care at any time.

Spir­i­tual and Re­li­gious Care Aware­ness Week of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize the value of spir­i­tual and re­li­gious care and to hon­our those who pro­vide the care, and this year marks its first for­mal recog­ni­tion at NHH.

“Spir­i­tual and re­li­gious care is about lis­ten­ing, clar­i­fy­ing and of­fer­ing spir­i­tual di­rec­tion to those who re­quest it,” team lead Sabina Fis­cher said in the press re­lease.

“When one is scared, lonely, con­fused, an­gry or dis­il­lu­sioned, spir­i­tual and re­li­gious care providers can of­fer emo­tional and spir­i­tual sup­port.

“While spir­i­tual care providers are trained to dis­cuss spir­i­tual con­cerns and con­flicts, their pro­fes­sional eth­i­cal obli­ga­tions re­quire that they do not im­pose their own val­ues and be­liefs on those served,” Fis­cher added.

“This type of care is pro­vided to all, re­gard­less of faith, creed or no spir­i­tual be­lief sys­tem. In a time of need, the spir­i­tual care providers are there to pro­vide sup­port for pa­tients, fam­i­lies or staff.”

The Spir­i­tual Care Com­mit­tee will have an in­for­ma­tion dis­play this month, with the vol­un­teers set up on the main floor (by the stair­well out­side the Bistro) the week of Oct. 16 to 22.


(Back row, from left) Carolyn Simp­son (restora­tive care-pal­lia­tive care), Tom Barker (re­hab unit and ob­stet­rics), Sabine Fis­cher (vol­un­teer team lead), Jan­ice Buck (re­hab), An­drew Truter (in­ten­sive-care unit and emer­gency), (front, from left) Karen Truter (nurse prac­ti­tioner and com­mit­tee hospi­tal li­ai­son), Dar­lene Brown (chemo­ther­apy and dial­y­sis), (not present) Bar­bara Rus­sell (chemo­ther­apy and dial­y­sis) and Ewen But­ler (2B) are mem­bers of the Northum­ber­land Hills hospi­tal Spir­i­tual Care Com­mit­tee.

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