Holzer hosts Chaplaincy Conference

Category: Member News Created: Friday, 21 October 2016 20:22

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:

  • Patient and Staff Visitation provides a routine opportunity for the patient, a family member, or a staff member to raise issues in a non-threatening manner and find resolution through dialogue, prayer, and reflection with a chaplain that is protected by confidentiality.
  • Pastoral Presence and Prayer provides clinically trained hospital chaplains to patients, their families, and the staff when challenged by circumstances of life that stress human experience to provide emotional comfort and spiritual support.
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling provides the added value of clinically trained chaplains with a faith based perspective in helping patients, their families, and the staff make sense of their circumstances and the opportunity for healing at an emotional and spiritual level.
  • Practical Counseling provides representative ministry at the most crucial moments of life when our patients, their family, and/or the staff experience a significant disruption in the regular, routine aspects of life. Chaplains represent the healthcare system to provide information and interpretation on matters of ethics, patient rights, and responsibilities based on sound teachings, policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Spiritual Assessments provide the medical and nursing staff with an alternative perspective when providing service within the healthcare setting. Spiritual Assessments are based upon a clinical interview with the patient by the chaplain in understanding the patient’s concerns, desires, and needs that may transcend the traditional medical model for care, but that contribute to the plan of care.
  • Conflict Resolution provides a third party intervention into difficult and problematic situations when patients and their families are challenged by healthcare choices within the healthcare facility
  • Crisis Intervention & Grief Counseling provides clinically trained hospital chaplains and counselors for those situations that place people in stressful circumstances due to emergencies, trauma, or loss. In both cases the interventions and counseling are provided within the healthcare facility during the need.
  • Advance Directives provide guidance for end-of-life care decision making for the patient and patient’s family. This can include aid with living wills and medical powers of attorney.

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”.