Saturday Night: Clear and cool again with a low in the upper 40s.
Sunday: A mix of clouds and sun. Warmer ... More...
Live from the Hamilton county courthouse with christmas at the courthouse 2012 - with east lake choir along with rivermont choir performing
darde long from chatt zoo talks about 12 days of christmas for the animals - for more information go to www.chattanoogazoo.com
ERLANGER MEDICAL CENTER
The Staff Chaplain program is a new initiative to implement holistic care for patients. Chaplains are being included in part of the medical residency program to not only integrate their services with other physicians, but are participating in ambitious work to change the culture of medicine in order to treat the whole person from the time they walk into our hospital until they are discharged.
Chaplains provide care for the spiritual, psychosocial and relational dimensions of the person and their family under extreme circumstances. Here at Erlanger, we offer counseling for an array of challenges with daily living, grief, spiritual crises, despair, suffering, and significant life transitions. They also contribute to the physicians' care team by providing unique services that enhance patient care - the ability to spend considerable time with patients and/or family members. They also continue to provide these services post-discharge and in out-patient visits.
Pastoral care helps patients open up and heal where they hurt
Now, Erlanger Health System and UT College of Medicine have initiated a pilot program in pastoral care that includes two full-time chaplains to be a part of the multi-disciplinary team. They will visit with patients in the hospital and in their homes. "It's the life story that brings them to the admission," said Donna. "Sometimes patients will say something to a chaplain they wouldn't say to anyone else. "There's a level of trust. The care then changes." The pastoral care pilot program includes the addition of two full-time chaplains who are working in three key areas - clinical care, education and spiritual support.
As part of clinical care, the chaplains visit with patients in the hospital and in their homes. They also provide spiritual assessments and work with the multi-disciplinary team in assessing holistic care needs of identified patients and their families. The chaplains are also educators, participating in teaching rounds with medical students and residents and presenting as part of the UT medical education curriculum. They are also researching the subject of "Religion, Spirituality and Health" and will report their findings to health professionals.
To fund the pastoral care pilot program for two years, the Baroness Erlanger Foundation is seeking gifts totalling $274,000. To find out more how you can be a part of spirituality in healthcare, call Erlanger Health System Foundations at 423-778-6600.
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