Spiritual Care at Piedmont Henry

The role of Spiritual Care Services at Piedmont Henry Hospital is guided by our commitment to provide a holistic health care experience. The Chaplains of the Spiritual Care Department are part of the total health care team of Piedmont Henry Hospital. The focus of our attention as caregivers is upon the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and family members, as well as the employee, volunteers and physicians of the hospital.

Spiritual Care can play an important role in the healing process and contribute to the wellbeing of patients. The Chaplains of the Spiritual Care Department represent many faiths and are available to be a caring presence, offer spiritual and emotional support, and listen with openness and understanding. Patients, families and staff are encouraged to call a Chaplain when they are experiencing fear, anger, loneliness, anxiety, helplessness, or when they just need to talk to someone. 

Chaplains are available to support all our patients regardless of beliefs and religious affiliation. You do not need to be affiliated with a congregation or faith community to call a Chaplain. If you do belong to a faith community, we will notify them at your request of your presence in the hospital. Your minister, priest, rabbi or other spiritual advisor may visit you or your family member at any time.

Services provided:

  • Religious rituals or sacraments
  • Prayer
  • Guided meditation and relaxation for relief from emotional or physical pain
  • Support groups
  • Support with grief, loss, and bereavement for patients and family members
  • Contact and coordination with your home congregation and clergy
  • Lifecycle events including memorial services, weddings and commitment ceremonies, baptisms and blessings
  • Spiritual literature or sacred tests

Other services provided:

  • Support with end of life issues
  • Ethics consultations
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Family support and participation at family-physician conferences
  • Help in interpreting patients' cultural and spiritual needs to staff
  • Advance Directives and advance care planning

Chapel

An interfaith chapel is available on the first floor of the South Tower near the main elevators. It is open for prayer, meditation and silent reflection 24/7.  Cards are available for leaving prayers and prayer requests.

Contact a Chaplain

Like medical care, Spiritual Care is 24/7. The hospital's staff chaplain and the team of volunteer chaplains and CPE Students make daily rounds, as well as responding to codes, traumas and patient requests.

You may reach a Chaplain by calling 678-604-1054 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. At all other times, you may reach a Chaplain by dialing "0" from a hospital phone and asking the operator to contact the on-call Chaplain. You may also ask your nurse to contact a Chaplain for you.

Prayers offered for healing and hope:


Advance Directives

The best way for you to be in control of your medical treatment is to record your preferences in advance. You can make legally valid decisions about future medical treatment through an Advance Directive. In completing an Advance Directive, you can do two things: legally appoint someone as your Personal Agent for Health Care to make healthcare decision for you when you cannot speak for yourself and/or formally state your wishes for the medical treatments you do or do not want to receive.

The Advance Directive combines the Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. You may request an Advance Directive document during admission, from your nurse, by calling Pastoral Care at 678-604-1054 or Quality Management at 678-604-1056. You may also download a copy by clicking on the link below.  

Download the Georgia Advance Directive

If you have made your wishes known, it is our policy to honor a patient's Advance Directive or any other health care directive that meets the requirements of Georgia law.

 

Volunteer Chaplaincy Program

The Volunteer Chaplaincy program plays a vital role in carrying out the Spiritual Care mission. The Spiritual Care department is not sectarian but rather Chaplains are equipped to help persons use their faith, beliefs and values to promote health, wholeness and healing.

To become a Volunteer Chaplain you must submit an application, interview with the manager of the Spiritual Care department, and complete the hospital's orientation program. All applicants must consent to a criminal background check. To receive an application, click on the link below or call the Spiritual Care office at 678-604-1054.

Download the Volunteer Chaplain Application

 

Education for Professional Ministry Program

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs allow ministers, seminarians, and other religiously-oriented persons to develop counseling and pastoral care-giving skills, familiarity within a particular pastoral setting and self-awareness as a pastoral caregiver. 

Piedmont Henry Hospital is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, Inc. CPSP publishes standards which detail the requirements for faculty, curriculum, educational environment and for admission into CPE programs.

A typical CPE program follows the standards set by its accrediting organization, normally requiring a minimum of 400 hours of supervised learning per unit of training. Piedmont Henry Hospital offers extended time unit which adheres to this requirement. Institutions typically require two to four units of CPE for eligibility for consideration for Staff Chaplain or equivalent professional pastoral care positions, and may, at their discretion, require more. 

Each CPE student will be assigned to several areas of pastoral responsibility for clinical pastoral work. 

  • Clinical Visitation (300 hours per unit) 
    Each trainee will be responsible for completing 300 hours of clinical visitation (15 hours per week) at a clinical site determined in consultation with the supervisor.  Clinical visitation will include interactions with patients, family members and hospital staff if requested. The clinical visitation time will become the source for case study presentations.
     
  • Case Seminars (80 hours per unit) 
    The purpose of this series of meeting is to allow for reviewing and critiquing case reports of actual pastoral visits.
     
  • Interpersonal Relations (10 hours per unit) 
    This peer group learning experience has a dual focus. First it provides opportunities for students to explore various personal and professional issues that may arise during their ministry. Second it allows an experiential study of group formation and development, utilizing the group experience itself as an educational tool.
     
  • Didactic Presentations (10 hours per unit)
    Lectures and presentations are provided for the group's learning. The CPE supervisor and inter-disciplinary professionals present information on pastoral, ethical and health care concerns.
     
  • Individual Supervision (6 hours per unit) 
    Students meet one-on-one with the supervisor to review pastoral work, reflect on personal and professional growth and evaluate progress toward individual learning goals which are established at the beginning of each unit.

Tuition is $400 and is paid to Piedmont Henry Hospital. Students are also responsible for any textbooks used and the cost of a background check and medical screening.

Upon completion of each 400 hours of supervised learning, students receive certification of the successful completion of that unit. 

To apply for the Clinical Pastoral Education program, click the link below. Application must be accompanied by a deposit check of $25 made payable to Piedmont Henry Hospital.

Please read more about Clinical-Pastoral-Education before downloading the application.
 

Download the Clinical Pastoral Education Application