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Outpatient Chaplaincy – From Vision to Practice During Our First Year

Presented by David W. King MMin, NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Certified Spiritual Director; Laura P. Parsons BCC; James D. Richter, MA Theology and Bea Broder-Oldach DMin, BCC


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Program Summary
As healthcare migrates to clinics, surgery sites and non-acute locations, chaplains must urgently follow in order to best serve patients and staff. Exploring new opportunities for spiritual care without embedding, follow Bon Secours Mercy Health’s Cincinnati pilot, Outpatient Spiritual Care Services during their first full year and into a regional roll-out. While not a ‘primer’, this seminar provides ample encouragement for others to find their own vision for the future. It explores how determination, connection and grant funding can be a catalyst for migration of services as the progressive and pro-active mandate for the future of professional chaplaincy in healthcare!

Program Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  1. View outpatient Chaplaincy in healthcare as a 21st century horizon that is reachable if driven by Mission
  2. Understand how vision, clinical support(s) and alternate funding can help create energy for expansion
  3. Embrace Ambulatory care centers - wound, CHF, pulmonary, PT/OT, Diabetes and especially PCP offices as new sacred ground for chaplains and their ministry.

About the Presenters

David King, M. Min., serves as the Outpatient Spiritual Care Coordinator for Bon Secours Mercy Health’s East Market team in Cincinnati, Ohio. David has 31 years of ministry experience as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, congregational minister and spiritual director. In his free time, he enjoys reading books related to Practical Theology and can be found at the gym running or using the Elliptical machine. He and his wife of 35 years, Sharon, are the parents of two children and are expecting their first grandchild in April, 2019.

Laura Parsons, Board Certified chaplain-NACC since 2013 (BS-University of Texas; MA-The Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati) has been employed in chaplaincy since 2004, most of her time ministering within Mercy Health, now Bon Secours Mercy in the Cincinnati market. Her early career as a trainer for Xerox Corporation and as wife, mother of 2 Eagle Scout sons and now delighted grandmother have instructed all parts of her maturing ministry. Widowed 2 months before her Masters’ graduation and employment with Mercy, she began in a rural hospital, finding purpose and joy in spaces and patient loads that were much like the small North East Texas hometown of her origins. Refreshed in 2016 with a Mission offered opportunity to initially lead the Outpatient Spiritual Care pilot ministry in Cincinnati’s East Market, she found her entire background including her late baptism at age 30, conversion to Catholicism and remarriage in mid-life to another Catholic convert, informing this journey. She has been a speaker for numerous women’s and co-ed adult groups on topics of faith, wisdom and grief intervention. Laura is overjoyed to be able to share this important opportunity to translate chaplaincy into support of patients who endure chronic diseases in isolation and loneliness, time-constrained primary care providers and their wonderful staffs providing excellent care in non-acute spaces.

Jim Richter, MA Theology, is in his fifth year of ministry at Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently serves as the Director of Mission Integration for the East Market which includes two hospitals, a free-standing Emergency Department and an Outpatient Medical Center. In addition to his role in Mission, he leads the spiritual care team for both the acute and the outpatient services offered. His background includes 12 years working as a teacher and counselor in a small, Catholic High School in the Cincinnati area and 20 years as a co-owner of a small business selling and implementing search software and solutions for companies across the United States. A native of the Cincinnati area, Jim currently lives in a Northern Kentucky with his wife, two children and their faithful dog, Roger. Jim teases that he was into “social networking” long before that was a “thing,” since Roger would often drag him up to meet new people on their daily walks!

Bea Broder-Oldach DMin, BCC has been a chaplain with Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio for 13 years. Bea has served in the acute care setting, in ambulatory services and as chaplain on the interdisciplinary palliative care team. Her articles Spiritual Dimensions of the Palliative Care Journey: Affirming Meaning, Personhood and Relationship and Forming Responsive Spiritual Care Interventions Through Interdisciplinary Team Communication and Informal Assessment have been published in the Graduate Theological Foundation Monograph Series. Outside the hospital setting, she is involved in an itinerant street ministry in relationship with Ecclesia Ministries Mission. Published in 2018, Diamond Pin: Stories from the Street reflects on her journey in this ministry of care and compassion to people who are homeless and living in poverty. A mother of two, Bea resides with her husband Richard and their dog Andy.

Originally from the Chicago area, Pat Boduch serves on the Outpatient Spiritual Care team as the Mercy Volunteer Corps volunteer for the 2018-2019 year. He oversees data collection and summarization for the program, helps manage the day-to-day workflow and patient coordination, and serves patients in the form of phone calls, acute visits, and as an extraordinary minister of holy communion. Prior to joining the Outpatient Spiritual Care team, Pat worked with Deloitte Consulting's Strategy & Operations practice.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: ITP2, PPS1, PPS2, PPS3, PPS9, PPS10, OL1, OL2, OL3, OL4


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