Holzer Chaplaincy Department recently recognized Pastoral Care Week October 16 through 22. In recognition of the week, Holzer held its Volunteer Chaplaincy Association Annual Conference, featuring guest speaker Nora Stanger. Stanger is an Author and Lecturer, who presented on Appreciating Appalachian Culture. Stanger touched on the importance of relationships in the Appalachian culture, and the role that Chaplains play in healing.
The theme this year was “Spiritual Resilience”, and acknowledged the role of Chaplains in supporting spiritual resilience in those we serve by helping them use a sense of the spirit to find meaning, acceptance, and hope in the midst of sickness. Recognized during the event were: Honorary Chaplain: Ron Nicholas; Gallia County Chaplains: Brenda Barnhart, Ron Bynum, Anne Cappelletti, Leslie Flemming, Alfred Holley, Bob Hood, John Jackson, Heath Jenkins, Kandy Nuce, John O’Brien, Patrick O’Donnell, Bob Powell, Jamie Sisson, AJ Stack, Vickie Swanson, Edward Valentine, and Paul Voss; Jackson County Chaplains: Bob Anderson, Jerry Compton, Bob Davis, Stan Howard, Jane Karl, David Kelly, Beverly Morris, John Rozewicz, and John Young; Mason County Chaplains: Glenn Rowe and Neil Tennant; Meigs County Chaplains: James Acree and Gary Ellis; and Chaplain Assistant: Susan Hollback.
“Let us celebrate what we do as we promote the values, education, and practice of spiritual care, the practitioners of pastoral care; give thanksgiving for the institutions and the staff that support us; and the publications of pastoral care organizations,” stated Fred Williams, Director of Chaplaincy, Holzer Health System. “Thank you to Holzer Administration, Holzer staff, all volunteer chaplains, our guest speaker, and special guests for being active in spiritual care-giving at Holzer.”
During the conference, Rhonda Dailey, MSN, RN, Vice President – Critical Access Hospital Administrator, Holzer Medical Center – Jackson was presented a recognition plaque “In grateful appreciation for Administrative Advising and Spiritual Sensitivity in support of the work of the Chaplains.” Dailey has announced her retirement, which will take effect December 31, 2016.
Holzer Chaplaincy Services provides routine pastoral visitation for our patients and residents in each Holzer facility. Emergency pastoral care and intervention can be requested. Chaplaincy Services provides the following services free of charge:
For more information on the Holzer Chaplaincy Department, visit www.holzer.org or call (740) 446-5053.
Photo (left) of the attendees at this year’s Holzer Volunteer Chaplaincy Association Annual Conference. Shown pictured (right) is Rhonda Dailey, MSN, RN, Vice President – CAH Administrator, Holzer Medical Center – Jackson, addcepting a plaque from Fred Williams, PhD, Director of Chaplaincy, Holzer Health System.
Left: This year’s Conference Guest Speaker, Nora Stanger, author of “Diamonds in the Dew: An Appalachian Experience”.