History of Spiritual Care at Harborview
The Spiritual Care Program at
A Pastoral Care Advisory Board was
configured to oversee the program. Each partner appointed three members to the
board with ex-officio status being conferred on the Executive Director,
Presbytery of Seattle, Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, and the
Associate Administrator, Patient Care Services,
Reverend Cirilo DelCarmen was called to this ministry at its inception in 1978. During his 18-year tenure as Director, pastoral care support for patients, families and staff was expanded through his development of a strong volunteer chaplaincy program. With the passage of HJR 4200 in l993, Harborview was permitted to use public funds to support spiritual care, and began contributing funds to Pastoral Care Services as a part of its operational budget.
In February 1996, the Pastoral Care Board organized a retreat to evaluate the direction of the program and the future of the partnership. A vision statement for the Pastoral Care Program was developed and the Board committed itself to expanding its scope of services by developing a Clinical Pastoral Education program at Harborview.
Reverend DelCarmen announced his intention to retire in May 1997. The Board undertook a national search for a Director, seeking a person certified as a CPE supervisor. In August 1997, Rev. Nancy Chambers, M.Div., C.T. and ACPE Supervisor was hired as the Director of Pastoral Care with the charge to continue a strong volunteer chaplaincy program and develop a CPE program at Harborview.
In December of 1997,
In April 1998 the Board voted to
change the title of the program to Pastoral Care and Education Program at
In May 1998, the first CPE Unit was
offered at HMC under a memorandum of affiliation with the CPE program of
In October of 1999 the CPE program at Harborview was provisionally accredited by the ACPE
On December 4, 2000, Rev. George H. Grant, a previous consultant to the department, was hired as Administrative Director of Pastoral Care and Education.
In February of 2001, the Advisory Board endorsed a name change to the department. With an eye toward inclusivity, the Department of Pastoral Care and Education became known as the Department of Spiritual Care.
On May 1, 2001, the department announced the institution of a CPE Residency program. This startup was made possible through a grant by the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
On November 15, 2002, Harborview’s
In September of 2004 the clinical services and education expanded to UWMC with a full-time Chaplain Fellow, a full-time Supervisor-in-Training, a full-time Chaplain Resident, and six Chaplain Interns. Nancy Chambers was appointed to head Clinical Education on both campuses.
In August of 2005, The Spiritual
Care Advisory Board disbanded, having accomplished their mission of making the
Department of Spiritual Care a viable part of
2006 saw the addition of a fourth Chaplain Resident position,and two residents were assigned to each campus. In July of 2006, Fr. Mark Stehly retired from an outstanding 15 years of service as the Roman Catholic Priest Chaplain at HMC.
In the spring of 2007, George Grant announced his departure to pursue new professional opportunities.
In October 2007, Rev. Julie Hanada joined the department as Director.
Beginning in September 2009, budget and legislative restrictions led to decision to decrease the program’s involvement at UWMC to providing weekday on-call chaplain services rather than 24/7. This resulted in a reduction in staff to one ACPE supervisor. Julie Hanada remained on as the ACPE supervisor and department director.
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