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Rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Notre Dame Health Care (NDHC) is committed to the physical, spiritual, and emotional care of our residents and patients. As one of Worcesters largest healthcare organizations employing 420 employees, NDHC provides long term/skilled rehab care, residential assisted living care, adult/pediatric hospice and palliative care, and education, tutoring, and citizenship courses to hundreds of residents/patients every year. Located off the shores of Lake Qunsigamond within the woods of the Worcester Land Trust.

Follow and maintain HIPAA guidelines and regulations with respect to all patient information. Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.

Visits hospice patients and their families identified as appropriate for spiritual care, completes spirituals assessment, and provides direct nondenominational spiritual counsel, prayer and support.

Co-ordinates with community clergy as needed

Participates in developing the interdisciplinary plan of care.

Assists other core members of the Interdisciplinary Team to understand the significant spiritual concerns related to the patient/family response to dying.

Serves as a liaison to and resource for community clergy in dealing with hospice patient/families and coordinates ritual/sacramental ministry with community clergy as appropriate and requested.

Makes direct contact with clergy for patients and/or families who need assistance in contacting a clergy perso

Assists in developing and providing educational programs for staff and the community.

Maintains contact with appropriate educational spiritual care groups and professional organizations for ongoing education and support

Interprets Hospice philosophy and care to clergy and other pastoral caregivers in the local community.

Attends or provides for pastoral representation at the weekly team meetings participates in the development and review of care plans established by the team for individual patients/families.

Maintains contact with appropriate educational spiritual care groups and professional organizations for ongoing education and support.

Maintains current documentation in patient records of service provided and contacts made.

Available to meet with individual staff with regard to personal spiritual issues which may affect their ability to function effectively. Available to family and staff for counseling during the bereavement period.

Completes annual educational requirements.

Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner in the community.

Certification in Educational and Pastoral Ministry or related degree with equivalent ministerial experience.

Experience in a ministerial setting, preferably involving work with dying persons and their loved ones.

Understanding of and commitment to the hospice philosophy of care.

Openness to working with diverse religions and ethnic populations.

Ability to work effectively as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team

Must maintain a valid drivers license and dependable transportation.

Expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as required.

Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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