Pastoral Care’s Spirit of Caring Winners
This quote by the late Maya Angelou, American author and poet, captures the epitome of Pastoral Care at HUP. Patients and families may not remember everything that happens during a hospitalization but they will remember those who reached out to them.
Pastoral Care’s annual celebration recognizes all of the chaplains –- staff, students, and volunteers -– who humanize medicine for our patients and families. “You are all dedicated individuals who do so much,” said Al Black, COO. “Your ability to motivate us all to do better cannot be overestimated.”
Pastoral contacts with patients now number over 30,000 a year, including 24/7 coverage for HUP’s approximately 2,500 trauma calls. “I am humbled by what is asked of our chaplains and grateful for all you’ve given,” said Jim Browning, director of Pastoral Care.
Each year, Pastoral Care presents the Spirit of Caring Award, which honors staff and volunteers who have made exceptional contributions to HUP’s caring environment. There were two winners this year: Roy Kardon, a volunteer pastoral visitor, and Tamba Janga of Patient Transport.