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The Future of UAB Pastoral Care – Building Bridges

bridge with riverThe future of medicine in the U.S. is to support the patient in the:

  1. Hospital (Inpatient Care);
  2. Clinic (Doctor’s office); and at
  3. Home (Community Care)

Pastoral Care needs to evolve and reflect this broadened model.  You may have access to the best medical care in the hospital, but a bridge is needed to an outpatient clinic or doctor’s office. And in addition, how you are going to get the support you need at home when you are out of the hospital and not at the doctor’s office is critical?

This care at home not only includes medical care, but just as importantly–the practical, emotional, and spiritual support that is often overlooked and falls through the cracks.  And that’s where UAB Pastoral Care comes in.

Missing puzzle pieceWe are asking the question, what role can we play to connect practical, emotional, and spiritual support in the hospital, outpatient clinic, and at home?   We are engaged in finding ways to give you support in all three settings.

We build bridges through three channels of ministry:

  1. Building Relationships – with patients, families, employees at UAB Medicine; as well with the faith, business, and student communities to model the role in caring for the whole person (body, mind, spirit).
  2. Providing Education – pastoral care education to patients and families including one-on-one conversations and in small and large groups; to employees on their units and in Grand Rounds settings; to communities through teaching The Support Team model to our employees, to faith communities, to college campuses, and to other organizations who want to care for their own and those in the community.
  3. Developing Research – create evidence based practices by measuring the effectiveness of what we are doing through research in order to reduce patient readmission rates, and increase patient and employee satisfaction.

We are growing and changing, because the needs of our patients and healthcare are changing.

We invite you to bring what you have, and let’s build bridges together.

Malcolm Marler, D.Min., BCC
Director of Pastoral Care
UAB Medicine

Chaplain Michael Horwitz To Join UAB Pastoral Care

Dear Members of the UAB Medicine community,

Michael Horwitz

Michael Horwitz

I want to welcome Michael Horwitz as our newest Staff Chaplain at UAB Pastoral Care and UAB Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  He is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 23, 2013.

Michael has just completed a Residency as a Chaplain with Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He graduated with the Master of Theology degree (Liturgy and Sacred Music) from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, NY, and a Bachelor of Arts (Telecommunications) at Indiana University.

Cantor Horwitz has over twenty-five years of experience working with children, teens, families and seniors in Jewish Community Centers, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, college campuses, summer camps, and synagogues throughout the United States.  The cantor has lived and worked throughout the United States, including congregations in Altoona, PA, Wilmington, DE, Omaha, NE, and Houston, TX.

G. Michael Horwitz is a highly creative and enthusiastic professional with extensive background in working with senior citizens, youth, chaplaincy, family education, spiritual counseling, music, camping, programming for all age groups, ecumenical and inter-faith collaborations.  He is a supportive chaplain who creates relationships with staff, families, and loved ones in need of pastoral care as well as offering them guidance on journeys of recovery, healing, grief and loss in various health care facilities throughout the country.  Cantor Horwitz facilitates the needs of individuals and staff representing all religions, cultures and backgrounds.

He is an accomplished distance runner and finisher of 30 marathons, including 5 New York City Marathons. Hazzan Horwitz has two sons, Elliott and Quinn.

We look forward to working with Michael and learning from one another at UAB Medicine.

Sincerely,

Malcolm Marler

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Malcolm Lewis Marler, D.Min., BCC

Director of Pastoral Care, UAB Hospital

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Summer Webinars

Summer Webinars

web·i·nar:  Web-based seminar that is transmitted live over the Web.

The Association for Professional Chaplains offers wonderful opportunities for continuing education through webinars for persons who want to learn more about providing pastoral or spiritual care to persons with healthcare issues.

You are invited to join our UAB Pastoral Care Team as we gather for these live webinars.  These learning opportunities are offered at no charge, and no reservations are needed.

Webinars are open to anyone in the hospital or community, professionals or lay persons.  We usually have 15-20 people gathering for a webinar, including chaplains from other hospitals.

Read more about each topic by clicking on the title, but do not register if you plan to join us as UAB Pastoral Care has already paid for it on your behalf.

Upcoming Topics:

July 25, 2013, 2:00 PM CST – 3:30 PM CST, Companioning People in the Culture of Poverty (Room W-106)

Persons who live in poverty and live out the culture of poverty in the patient care setting are often labeled as “problem” patients or, more politely, “complex.” This webinar will help participants gain insights into the hidden rules, embedded values and cultural disconnects that impact persons in poverty as they interact with middle-class-oriented institutions. Through scenario exercises and case studies, participants will experience the function/perspective gap between poverty and middle class. Understanding the dynamics and influences on the culture experienced by those in poverty will help chaplains better advocate for these persons’ respect and support them toward more fully participating in their care.

presented by Barry Stueve MDiv BCC, content level: Basic – introduction to

Learning Objectives

1. Gain insight into the dynamics of the culture experienced in generational poverty, including environmental influences, shape of language and story, and family relationship patterns.
2. Become more attuned to the tensions and hidden rules experienced when crossing socio-economic boundaries, and gain appreciation for the resourcefulness of those living in poverty.
3. Learn to apply this awareness to specific practices in support of patients and families who live in the culture of poverty to help them engage with the patient care setting.

 

August 21, 2013, 1:30 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST, Death and Dying: An Islamic Perspective (Room W-106)

This presentation will familiarize participants with the Quaranic Scripture on death and dying, and the related culture. It will help chaplains understand the steps to be taken during this process with full participation of family members and/or a local Muslim Imam. Participants will learn what to watch for when death is taking place and how to minister during this period. Cultural differences related to dying among Muslims from different regions, including the Middle East, Africa and Asia, will be examined.

presented by Ashiq Kermalli BCC

Content level: Intermediate (informal research, clinical applications)

Learning Objectives

1. Learn the Islamic philosophy and Scriptural aspects of death
2. Gain greater understanding of the salient and sensitive issues for Muslims while death is taking place
3. Become familiar with the traditional and cultural aspects of death and dying

 

September 19, 2013, 1:00 PM CST – 2:30 PM CST, Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor

Clinical ethics is the identification, analysis and resolution of moral problems as they apply to individual patients. Patients, families and professionals bring to these discussions values and beliefs from their own faith traditions. Chaplains serve in a unique role to elicit these values from patients, families and even from their professionals. Thus they can assist in the ethics consultation process by helping all parties to better understand the value implications of these decisions.

presented by Robert Orr MD CM

Learning Objectives

1. To present a brief overview of the ethics consultation process.
2. To review the basic principles of secular medical ethics.
3. To explore basic principles of faith as they apply to the ethics consultation process.

The room number for the webinar at UAB Hospital will be added closer to the date of the webinar.  Call 205-934-4254 a few days ahead if the room number is not posted.

CBS 42 Covers “Ashes to Go” at UAB

See CBS 42 coverage last night of our #AshestoGo at UAB Hospital. Our Chaplains partnered with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham to make this happen.  Over 200 persons asked for ashes on their foreheads as preparation begins for Easter in 40 days.

 

Ashes to Go – Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash WednesdayUAB Pastoral Care is sponsoring “Ashes to Go” in the North Pavilion from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

“Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day.  It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.”

All persons are welcome to receive ashes in the busiest pedestrian intersection in the largest hospital in the state of Alabama, and the third largest public hospital in the United States.

Staff Chaplains and local clergy will be present in the large hallways near the food court, Guest Services desk, and main elevators. All visitors and employees are welcome to stop, receive ashes and be on your way in less than a minute.

Cards will be shared that has an inclusive prayer and meaning of Ash Wednesday on it.

UAB Hospital cares for the body, mind, and spirit of all guests and employees.

Psalm 51

1 Ash Wednesday cross on foreheadHave mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgement.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.

6 You desire truth in the inward being;*
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right* spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing* spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

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Upcoming Webinars

web·i·nar:  Web-based seminar that is transmitted live over the Web.

You are invited to join our UAB Pastoral Care Team as we gather for these live webinars.  These learning opportunities are offered at no charge, and no reservations are needed.

Webinars are open to anyone in the hospital or community, professionals or lay persons.  We usually have 15-20 people gathering for a webinar, including chaplains from other hospitals.

The Association for Professional Chaplains offers wonderful opportunities for continuing education through webinars for persons who want to learn more about providing pastoral or spiritual care to persons with healthcare issues.

Click on each title for complete description of topic:

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Veterans at the End of Life, presented by Penny Phillips, M.Div., BCC, West Pavilion Conference Center,Room D.

In Times Like This

As a Chaplain in a Level One Trauma Center with approximately 1,140 beds, and an outpatient clinic that sees 1,500 persons daily, we see a lot of miracles every day.

People have surgeries of every kind here, others participate in specialized treatments, and still others receive life-giving medicine.  Hopefully all receive care and compassion from an amazing staff of professionals.  People come to us broken, and very sick, and most of them leave so much better than before they came to see us.  Some call it medicine, others call it miracle.  I believe it is both.

And then there are others, the ones who no matter what our medical teams can offer, no matter how fervent our chaplains can pray, no matter how much love and tenderness is given, there is no miracle for this patient, and they die.

Today my heart is heavy because of the deaths that have happened recently.  A young person with so much life ahead is killed in an automobile accident.  A young mother and wife dies of a disease we could not cure.  A grandfather and father much beloved cannot overcome his illness this time like he has so many times before.  The list is long.

And so I pray.

God, in times like this, give these families comfort, strength, and peace that only you can give.  In times like this, we do not have words to say that can take the pain away.  In times like this, use us somehow to show your love for the human family and remember that all are our brothers and sisters.

God, in times like this, I pray for our chaplains, social workers, music therapists, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, information specialists, lab techs, nurses, patient transporters, environmental service workers, physicians, administrators, and all who work in the hospital, and all who care for the sick.

God in times like this, help us to care for ourselves so that we can take care of those you have entrusted to us.  Give us rest and sleep, healthy nutrition, exercise, sharp minds, and renewed spirits that resolve to care for others as we would for our own family members, because indeed they are.  And as we grieve with our patients and families, help us to turn to one another and to you as the Sustainer and Giver of Life.  Amen.”

Rev. Malcolm L. Marler, D.Min. is the Director of Pastoral Care at UAB Hospital.


Thanks to Danny Watkins

This thank you was sent to UAB Pastoral Care on June 3, 2012:

“In SICU we often have patients and families in great distress.  Thank you to Danny Watkins for his support to the patients, families and the SICU staff.  Danny is a kind person and is appreciated in the SICU.”

Thanks Danny!

A Chaplain Intern’s Prayer

Jonathan Chesney

Tomorrow, June 2, 2012 from 8am-8pm, I head to my first solo OnCall as a chaplain intern at UAB Hospital. 1,100ish beds, 1.4 million square feet, 60-some units, and Alabama’s only level-1 Trauma unit.

I’ll be there to provide pastoral care, as needed and as the Spirit moves, for all of it, as well as rounding on my units, now parts of the TraumaBurn ICU, TraumaBurn NU, and P9 Hospitalist floor. I am scared and awed by the responsibility of such a call to serve…

Please pray for me and all those in the hospital, that God’s love and compassion would shine through me to all I cross paths with, that God will work through me to give those hurting and in need whatever comfort can be provided, that I be inspired with the spirit of joy and gladness, and that I am made a cup of strength to suffering souls.

Pour me out for others, keep me open and vulnerable enough to hear my patients and their families and know their pain, and strong enough not to be crushed by the brokenness in the world.

Break my heart so completely the whole hospital (and world,) falls in. I am weak and have little idea what I am doing- may I be made strong in my weakness through the one who chose to heal the world through becoming weak. Amen.

Jonathan Chesney is a summer chaplain intern in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at UAB Hospital.  He will be a second year student at Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal) as he works on his 3 year Master of Divinity degree in the Fall.

Webinar – March 22 at 1pm – Disenfranchised Grief

The Association for Professional Chaplains offers wonderful opportunities for continuing education through webinars for persons who want to learn more about providing pastoral or spiritual care to persons with healthcare issues.

You are invited to join our UAB Pastoral Care Team as we gather for these live webinars.  These learning opportunities are offered at no charge, and no reservations are needed.  They are open to anyone in the hospital or community, professionals or lay persons.  We usually have 15-20 people gathering for a webinar, including chaplains from other hospitals.

Click on the title for complete description of topic: