Kentucky hospital chaplain connects patients with dogs

From WKU, the public radio service of Western Kentucky University: Doctors aren’t the only ones on call at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.  So is man’s best friend. A part Labrador Retriever named Baron; Pepper the Yorkie; Lola, a Rhodesian Ridgeback; and Lady, a German Short-Haired Pointer, reported for duty at the hospital on a Read more about Kentucky hospital chaplain connects patients with dogs[…]


ACPE announces Innovative Program winners

ACPE announced yesterday the winners of its 2018 Innovative Program awards. This year’s grantees are: Hebrew SeniorLife:  “TI-CPE: Trauma-Informed Clinical Pastoral Education”—to extend the impact of this first of its kind trauma-informed CPE unit in order to make our work available to others in the ACPE community, as well as better sustain trauma informed pastoral Read more about ACPE announces Innovative Program winners[…]


Dementia-Friendly Spiritually-Oriented Palliative Care Study (SPACES) Dr. Jenny Palmer, Institute for Aging Research Funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation This project is conducted through the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA.  Seeking critical stakeholder perspectives, Dr. Jenny Palmer will lead semi-structured qualitative interviews with (1) dyads of family care partners Read more about SPACES[…]

Palliative Care

Hospice and palliative care, which includes spiritual care, is provided in settings ranging from hospitals to nursing facilities, retirement centers, dedicated facilities, and the home. Research, educational materials and other resources for chaplains in palliative care are available on the Transforming Chaplaincy website. Palliative care is not restricted to end-of-life circumstances, but rather addresses patients' Read more about Palliative Care[…]

She joined the team that cared for her aunt

From “Hear Me Now”: Salve Bautista’s aunt received palliative care through Providence, which awoke a passion in Salve for this field of medicine. The palliative staff at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance were surprised and delighted when Salve re-entered their lives – this time not as a family member of a patient, but Read more about She joined the team that cared for her aunt[…]

I’m not ready for palliative care!

From “Hear Me Now”: Rebekah Riemer’s grandmother died shortly after being diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Nine months later, Rebekah was diagnosed with a similar disease. Now a nurse, she shares with Dr. Colin Scibetta her healing journey with the same palliative team that cared for her grandmother and the impact that’s had on her Read more about I’m not ready for palliative care![…]


Finding her voice

From “Hear Me Now”: Torrie Fields, palliative care advocate, cancer survivor and senior program manager at Blue Shield in California, found her stronger voice as a patient through palliative care. She shares with Dr. Gregg VandeKieft, associate medical director at the Institute for Human Caring, how transformative the experience was for her and her oncologist.