SOURCE: HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

October 27, 2015 14:12 ET

HealthCare Chaplaincy Cites Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for Excellence in Spiritual Care

Hospital Is Second in Nation to Meet National Quality Standards

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 27, 2015) - HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) today named Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., as a recipient of the nonprofit organization's "Excellence in Spiritual Care Award."

The award signifies that Providence St. Vincent is committed to meeting its patients' spiritual and religious needs, and has met HCCN's proprietary Standards of Excellence in Spiritual Care.

The hospital is the second recipient of the award, following on the heels of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Announcement of the award comes during National Pastoral Care Week.

HCCN's recent introduction of the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award aligns with a growing body of research demonstrating the positive impact of spiritual care, including overall patient satisfaction and better patient quality of life near death.

"It speaks volumes for patients, families and staff that Providence St. Vincent prioritizes the integration of spiritual care into its health care practices," said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN's president and CEO. "It is executing spiritual care in a way that other hospitals should aspire to achieve, with an eye on enhancing the patient experience and clinical outcomes."

Fr. Freddy Ocun, AJ, director of the pastoral services department at Providence St. Vincent, said, "We are proud to be recognized by an organization that champions excellence in spiritual care. Going through the process engaged us with other departments and was a real affirmation of our ministry and interdisciplinary team collaboration. Earning this award truly shows the commitment by the medical center's leadership and caregivers to spiritual care as a component of whole-person care. We are grateful to our leadership for their support."

The hospital, which has 523 licensed beds, is part of Providence Health & Services in Oregon, a nonprofit network of hospitals, health plans, physicians, clinics, and affiliated health services. It has 11 chaplains, a music thanatologist, and an administrative assistant in its pastoral services department.

HCCN identified the national standards of excellence based on professional literature and its 54-year history as a leader in spiritual-related clinical care, education and research. The 15 standards include employing an interdisciplinary approach to spiritual care; engaging in quality improvement projects; and the strategic deployment of chaplaincy care resources.

As part of the review process, HCCN specialists identify areas in an institution's spiritual care program in need of improvement, provide consultation to achieve goals, and assist in more fully integrating chaplaincy services into its overall health care delivery. Currently, other health care settings nationwide are undergoing evaluation for the award.

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About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global health care nonprofit organization that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning-whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit, call 212-644-1111, and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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