Associate Chaplain PDM

SCL Health
Wheat Ridge, CO
Post Date:
November 29, 2021
Job Status:






You bring your body, mind, heart and spirit to your work as an Associate Chaplain.




Your compassion is tangible: patients feel it in the hand they hold. Families feel it in your prayers. Colleagues feel it in your support.




Youre generous with your compassion, your empathy and especially your ability to listen to others as you work with associates, patients and their families during especially challenging times.




Youre great at what you do, but you want to be part of something even greater. Because you believe that while individuals can be strong, the right team is invincible.








Lutheran Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that focuses on person-centered care. Our 249-bed community-based hospital provides comprehensive, specialty care to the poor, the vulnerable, our communities and each other. Dating back to 1905, we are proud of the rich history and inspiring mission our hospital has embodied for over 110 years. 




Benefits are one of the ways we encourage health for you and your family. Our generous package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind and social well-being. To that end, weve launched a Healthy Living program to address your holistic health. Healthy Living includes financial incentives, digital tools, tobacco cessation, classes, counseling and paid time off. We also offer financial wellness tools and retirement planning.








Together well align mission and careers, values and workplace. Well encourage joy and take pride in our integrity.




Well laugh at each others jokes (even the bad ones). Well hello and high five. Well celebrate milestones and acknowledge the value of spirituality in healing.




Were proud of what we know, which includes how much there is to learn.




Your day.




As an Associate Chaplain you need to know how to:



  • Initiate pastoral visits and responds to referrals to visit patients and/or their families. 
  • Initiates pastoral visits and responds to referrals to visit patients and/or their families. 
  • Conducts assessment of spiritual needs of patients, residents, family members, physicians, associates and volunteers.
  • Assists patients and families with advance directives and end-of-life resources. Provides resources for transition, bereavement and loss.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary patient rounds, care conferences ethics consultations and documents, as appropriate, in patients electronic medical record
  • Responds to crisis situations (e.g. Code Blue, trauma, death) to provide spiritual care and support.
  • Facilitates prayer, rituals and worship services. Offers workshops (e.g., spirituality, advance directives) as needed. Works to accommodate the spiritual needs and requests of all faith. Assists with the specific sacramental needs of the Catholic patients such as Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
  • Supports ongoing partnerships with community clergy
  • Promotes mission, vision, and values of SCL Health, and abides by service behavior standards.
  • Participates in on call responsibilities as requested.
  • Participate in maintenance of proper administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy.
  • Assists with the development of the department's plan for continuous quality improvement. 
  • Participates in hospital wide committees May lead specific committee projects and initiatives.
  • Participate as a member of the spiritual care on-call team.

Your experience.




We hire people, not resumes. But we also expect excellence, which is why we require:



  • Bachelors Degree is required. 

  • Must obtain Masters Degree in Divinity, Theology or related field within two (2) years of hire.

  • Two (2) units Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) accredited centers is required.

  • Board Certification by APC, NACC, NAJC, or SCA required within two (2) years of hire. Letter of Recommendation of suitability by senior administrative leader of religious tradition (Parish, Synagogue, Conference, Elder Board, etc.) is required.

  • Two (2) years experience as a Chaplain in a hospital setting is preferred.




Your next move.




Now that you know more about being an Associate Chaplain on our team we hope youll join us. At SCL Health youll reaffirm every day how much you love this work, and why you were called to it in the first place.




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