The Rev. George F. Handzo, M.Div., BCC, is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the deployment and practice of professional healthcare chaplaincy. With over 25 years in directing Chaplaincy programs, he is leading his field in the creation of practices and services which combine spiritual care with proven business benefits for healthcare institutions, their staff and their patients.
As the Vice President for Chaplaincy Care Leadership and Practice at HealthCare Chaplaincy, Rev. Handzo has led the management of chaplaincy services in thirteen healthcare institutions in the metropolitan New York City area and HCC’s consulting services devoted to the strategic assessment, planning and management of chaplaincy services. Clients have included the U.S. Naval Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Hospital Corporation of America, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center (Phoenix), and Intermountain Healthcare.
Previously, Rev. Handzo was the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for over twenty years and is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He serves on the Distress Guidelines Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. He was an advisor to the Consensus Conference on spiritual care in palliative care sponsored by the Archstone Foundation. The Rev. Handzo is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Divinity School and has authored or co-authored over fifty chapters and articles on the practice of pastoral care. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.