At Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Chaplain Associates provide patients, families and staff with the spiritual and emotional support needed when dealing with critical illness. They are trained chaplains working in a non-salaried capacity, carrying out the mission of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Spiritual Care Services.
Chaplain Associates are responsible for providing routine visits to hospital patients in assigned units at SMCS on a scheduled basis and provide on-call spiritual care for emergency situations. They may be assigned to specific units within the hospital and make routine visits to patients. Chaplain Associates will respond to referrals received from other chaplains, hospital staff, patients, and family members on their units. Chaplain Associates will coordinate their service with the primary chaplain assigned to the clinical area. While on duty, Chaplain Associates will be available to respond to code situations and other emergent needs.
Chaplain Associates may attend the monthly staff meetings of the Spiritual Care Services department and attend selected presentations designed for CPE students as part of on-going training and education.
The Spiritual Care Services Director provides on-going quality monitoring and supervision with regard to the Chaplain Associate's provision of spiritual care and the required documentation. An evaluation of the Chaplain Associate is completed annually.