November 2017  Issue No. 27


Inaugural Spiritual Care Briefing on Capitol Hill
Entitled, "Spiritual Care: What It Means, Why It Matters in Health Care," HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and, its affiliate, Spiritual Care Association (SCA) hosted the first meeting on Capitol Hill for United States legislators and their staff at the end of October.
Newest Evidenced-Based White Paper is Released
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and Spiritual Care Association have released their latest white paper on the integration of spiritual care in the medical field for the role of a physician entitled "Spiritual Care and Physicians: Understanding Spirituality in Medical Practice."  This is third white paper by both organizations.

Palliative Care

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has deemed November to be National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This year's theme is "It's about how you live." During these 30 days, uncover resources that can assist in educating and promoting the cause. (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization).

Palliative Care to aid in advanced lung cancer

The improvement of medical treatment over the past 10 years has been positive for those diagnosed with various illnesses. In a video interview, Dr. Sara F. Martin, M.D. explains the benefits that palliative care can have on the side effects of advanced lung cancer. (Cure Today)


Life satisfaction is higher for those who are spiritual
The relationship between happiness and spirituality continues.  In a recent study, evidence supports that Americans who identify as spiritual and religious or spiritual, but not religious, are more satisfied with their lives. (HuffPost)

End-of-Life Care

The best time to make end-of-life decisions

Connecticut Hospital Association created a program in 2016 called Care Decisions Connecticut to promote the quality of life for those with terminal illnesses. (New Haven Register)

Health Report
Don't be an overachiever; stay home if you are ill

For some, it is difficult to take time off work when they are not feeling well, because they do not want to seem unreliable or appear replaceable.  Not surprisingly, doctors advise to take a sick day or two, as coming to work can actually hurt others more than it may harm you. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

Remembering Veteran's Day with a Veteran, who is also a Chaplain
Veteran's Day was celebrated on Saturday. That day held special significance to Berean Rev. Joe White, who is a veteran and a chaplain at Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He explains what it means to serve those who have served.  (Richmond Register)


The Wholeness of Life Gala will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 16, at Guastavino's in New York City! Learn what this event means to us.