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Listening to, praying with patients & families Recruitment underway for fall class of spiritual care aides

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recruiting is underway for volunteers to address the spiritual needs of University Hospitals Parma Medical Center patients and families.

Now in their 21st year at UH Parma Medical Center, spiritual care aides work in the Emergency Department and the Surgery Waiting Room, providing comfort to patients and their families. They also visit patients in their rooms, provide directions and information to visitors and stand in for clergy when the family’s priest or minister is unavailable.

Volunteers must attend special training sessions. Training covers techniques of communication, professionalism, confidentiality and medical ethics. Volunteers will become oriented to UH Parma Medical Center and its programs and will gain a greater understanding of the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families during hospitalization. Volunteers generally work at least two four-hour shifts per month.

Please contact volunteer coordinators Steve or Kathy Hunsicker at 440-526-8509 for more information. The training begins in early September for those accepted to the program.

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