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Chaplain - Trauma/Emergency Department


Lancaster General Hospital

Cost Center

3015 Chaplaincy Care & Education

Supervisory Organization

Pastoral Services




Hours: FULLTIME M-F, 11:30 AM- 8:00PM

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POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director, Chaplaincy Care and Education with accountability to the Chaplaincy team, the Staff Chaplain assists with faith issues in the healing process, makes spiritual assessments, provides crisis intervention and supportive care to patients, families and staff in areas to which s/he is assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Participate in delivering and arranging for appropriate pastoral care to patients, families and staff in specific areas of the institution or to particular faith groups as assigned.
  • Respond to requests for spiritual care in a timely manner and completes documentation of services according to department requirements.
  • Addresses the specific needs of patients for spiritual care, access to religious rites, and sacraments either personally or makes arrangement with area clergy.
  • Helps to coordinate bereavement care for patients and families.
  • Support an interdisciplinary approach to spiritual care.
  • Participate in team meetings and rounds. Serve on institutional committees as appointed.
  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach to spiritual care within the healthcare system.
  • Participate in maintenance of proper administrative procedures for the department in accordance with institutional policy.
  • Assist in the coordination of clergy and pastoral visitors from the religious community.
  • Document spiritual care activities to communicate with members of the department and other health care providers.
  • Participate in the department’s plan for continuous quality improvement.
  • Contribute to the wider community through publication, teaching, and research.
  • Author and co-author materials relevant to spiritual care and pastoral education.
  • Responds to requests for educational programming and presentations related to spiritual care, and perinatal loss/bereavement, as invited.
  • Serves as a mentor for assigned Chaplain Resident.
  • Participate in programs and administrative activities of the institution.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in regular professional development activities and supervision



  • The level of knowledge acquired through the completion of a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Religion, or Master of Pastoral Counseling from an accredited school of theology or Ordination.
  • Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains or National Association of Catholic Chaplains or certification eligibility within two years of hire.
  • The interpersonal skills needed to work with distressed and anxious patients, families, and employees.
  • The analytical ability to assess patients’ spiritual needs and sense of well-being and find appropriate solutions to patient problems.
  • An empathy for the problems experienced by patients and families; commitment to help the distressed.
  • Excellent communication skills to counsel patients, families, and employees.
  • Knowledge of grief process and unique needs of patients experiencing perinatal and neonatal loss.  
  • Personal availability and skills for partnering with internal and external groups in projects that foster a climate of toleration and respect for the cultural diversity of the community.
  • Previous experience in a hospital setting either as a clinical student or work setting preferred.
  • Previous experience in crisis/trauma care preferred.
  • Previous experience with grieving parents preferred.

This position requires PA Child Abuse and FBI Fingerprinting Clearances.

This position is located in Lancaster, PA.

LGH Full Time Posted on 07/09/2020