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Storying: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Presented by Rod Accardi, DMin, BCC and Karen Pugliese MA, BCC-PCHAC


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Program Summary
At the heart of spiritual care is eliciting, listening to, discerning spiritual significance within, and honoring patient stories. Chaplains do not engage in this ministry in isolation, but rather within a web of connection. StoryCorps Legacy encourages and supports the act of reminiscence for people with serious illness and their families. This webinar will tell the story of how we became aware of StoryCorps Legacy, applied for and secured funding for the program, selected and trained Facilitators, partner with staff to identify patients for recording, and how we continue to spread the word and celebrate the fruits of this partnership.

Program Objectives
  1. Preserve and share the stories of people affected by serious illness, including caregivers.
  2. Articulate the necessity of organizational alignment (e.g. Patients First, Teamwork, patient engagement, employee engagement, Magnet Relationship Based Care, etc.).
  3. Strategize ways of operationalizing Narrative Theology that honors patient/family/caregiver stories, partners with staff in enhanced listening, preserves the voice of the patient for generations to come.

About the Presenters
Rod Accardi, D. Min. is Director of Spiritual Care Resources at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. He has a BA in Theology, Master of Education, Doctor of Ministry, and is a former NACC Certified CPE Supervisor (1982-2007) and is currently a Board Certified Chaplain with the NACC. Rod has taught on the college level for 6 years and made numerous presentations around the country over the past 37 years including ACHE, APC, NACC, CHA, ASA Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging, etc. He has also facilitated numerous retreats and workshops.

Karen Pugliese MA BCC-PCHAC is an Advanced Practice Chaplain at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. She holds a BA in Religious Studies, and a Master of Religious Studies. Karen was Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 2007-2008. She served as a Key Advisor to Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care by Christina Puchalski, MD and Berry Ferrell, RN, PhD, and contributed content to the Templeton Foundation funded Palliative Care Consensus Conference. She also served as a Mentor in the Coleman Foundation Palliative Medicine Training Program, and has made numerous presentations around the country over the past 27 years including APC, ACHE, NACC, ASA, CHA, AACCN, IONL and the Beryl Institute. She too has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: PIC6, PPS1, OL1, OL3


December 5 2019 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
Storying The Gift that Keeps on Giving
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Storying The Gift that Keeps on Giving (PowerPoint presentation)

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Webinar recordings

December 5, 2019 recording