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Caring for Mind, Body & Spirit

It is widely believed that healing is more than a physical process. At Winthrop, healthcare professionals and spiritual leaders work together to treat the body, mind and spirit.

Chaplains in the Hospital’s Pastoral Care and Education Department are dedicated to giving emotional and spiritual support to patients during their Hospital stay. These Chaplains offer patients and their loved ones healing ministry, spiritual support and bereavement counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Chaplains in the Hospital’s Pastoral Care and Education Department include (l.-r.) Reverend Min Park, MDiv, DMin, BCC, Staff Chaplain; Reverend Karen Jones, MA, MDiv, Director of Pastoral Care and Education; Eglon Angel, MDiv, BCC, Staff Chaplain; and Joan Guevara, MDiv, BCC, Staff Chaplain. The team is available to listen, pray, help support family members, contact a patient’s clergy or faith group, or simply be a quiet, comforting presence in a time of need.
As integral members of the healthcare team, Winthrop’s Chaplains help clarify and address concerns, and facilitate communication between the patient, family and the entire healthcare team to ensure that the care plan integrates the beliefs, values and practices that are important to the patient and family. Winthrop’s Chaplains are Board Certified in Chaplaincy and have undergone extensive training, including completion of a Masters program and a hospital residency. They are either ordained ministers or have been commissioned by their denomination, and they are endorsed by their faith group.

The Department is led by Reverend Karen Jones, MA, MDiv, who serves as a liaison between the Hospital and community clergy of all faiths and denominations.

Reverend Jones is committed to raising awareness of the spiritual dimension of healing, while cultivating an understanding of, and respect for, the faith traditions of the diverse religious communities served by Winthrop.

“We assure that patients’ religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices are identified and accommodated throughout their Hospital stay,” said Reverend Jones.

“Our Chaplains can contact clergy of a patient’s faith, or minister directly through discussion, prayer, rituals and sacraments.”

For patients or family members seeking emotional support, Winthrop Chaplains are here to provide a shoulder to lean on. Regardless of a person’s religious or spiritual beliefs, Chaplains can help patients and their loved ones find meaning and comfort in what may be a very trying time.

Chaplains also help facilitate conversations around end-of-life care and ensure that a patient’s religious and spiritual wishes are tended to. At a time of loss, Chaplains can provide around-the-clock bereavement support.

As the only Long Island satellite location of HealthCare Chaplaincy – an accredited Center of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education – Winthrop Chaplains receive ongoing support, training and education to help strengthen their practice. HealthCare Chaplaincy, founded in 1961, is the leader in the research, education and practice of multifaith spiritual care within healthcare.

If you or your loved one is hospitalized at Winthrop and you wish to speak with a Chaplain, simply let your nurse know or call (516) 663-4749.

To accommodate the needs of families of observant Jewish patients, Winthrop also offers a variety of services, including a Sabbath House. This facility may house up to five families and offers a kitchen equipped for kosher food handling and lights that turn on automatically in the afternoon and shut off at night on the Sabbath. Within the Hospital setting, there are numerous resources for Jewish patients and visitors. These include a Sabbath elevator, which stops at each floor on the Sabbath and Yom Tov, Glatt Kosher patient meals and Sabbath candles.
Vol. 22, No. 3
Winter 2012

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