HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ (HCCN), founded in 1961, is a global health care nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care-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 improve patient experience and satisfaction and to help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning--whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are.
Professional, board-certified chaplains:
- Are the spiritual care specialists on the health care team as doctors and nurses focus on caring for the body, and as the recognition grows that whole-person care encompasses spirit, mind, and body.
- Serve those who are ill, family and friend caregivers, and other health care professionals who deal every day with the stress of illness and loss.
- Are trained to help people to identify and draw upon their sources of spiritual strength – regardless of religion or beliefs. As one very experienced professional chaplain says, “In our encounters with people in distress, we walk into some dark places and help bring in light.”
The Rev. David Fleenor, a professional chaplain and clinical chaplaincy education, describes in a short Video what steps one would take in order to become Chaplain.
How we are Creating the New World of Spiritual Care
Oncologist James L. Speyer, M.D., Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center discusses how to deliver whole-person care for patients with cancer
The Rev. Gregory L. Johnson, Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving, Office of the CEO, EmblemHealth discusses the importance of caring for the family caregiver
Francis “Ken” Duane, CEO of Heritage Brands and North America Wholesale at PVH Corporation – one of the world’s largest apparel companies, tells how our professional healthcare chaplains have helped him and others heal
T. Michael Long, past Board Chairman of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, talks about the importance of professional spiritual and chaplaincy care in providing excellent healthcare and our contributions to the field
Provider of professional chaplaincy clinical services in leading health care institutions. Including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital Queens, St. Mary’s Center, and Winthrop University Hospital.
The first-of-its-kind online service
ChaplainsOnHand® is the first-ever professional quality online service to provide spiritual comfort for people who are seriously ill and their caregivers – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. It includes ChatWithAChaplain, which lets people in spiritual distress connect with a professional chaplain.
An Educational Leader
Students consistently praise our Clinical Pastoral Education program, accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, for how well it trains them to provide compassionate spiritual care.
We’re an innovator in online Professional Continuing Education. With the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, we created the first online Professional Continuing Education course to prepare board certified chaplains for palliative care subspecialty certification.
A Research Leader
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network has long been a leader in advancing research on the integration of spiritual care within health care.
Our first annual Caring for the Human Spirit® conference (March 31-April 3, 2014) released the largest body of research on spiritual care in health care, presented the first empirical data on the role and effectiveness of chaplaincy care interventions, and launched the new field of interdisciplinary research in spiritual care in health care. This will drive the research agenda for years to come.
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