Yale New Haven Health System


    Job Locations US-CT-Bridgeport
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  • Overview

    To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values—integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion—must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

    At Bridgeport Hospital, we are committed to providing quality medical care and treatment that is coordinated and centered on the patient’s specific needs. We strive to achieve benchmarks as a Patient Centered Medical Home and provide health care in a setting where patients are at the center of their care team. All employees of Bridgeport Hospital are part of the patients care team and contribute to the team approach of promoting access, continuous, comprehensive care and work to provide quality improvement in the care provided to their patients.

    The Palliative Care Chaplain will deliver and guide all aspects of spiritual care to patients/ families/staff as part of the Palliative Care Team.  Communicates effectively with other hospital, clinic staff, and community clergy about ongoing spiritual care needs. Documents all interventions and maintains appropriate patient records.



    • Departmental Goal: Patient Care:

      Demonstrates excellence in the completion of initial and ongoing spiritual assessments and plans of care for those on the Palliative Care service.  Specific to Palliative Care: provides assessment and interventions for spiritual contributions of distressing symptoms, participates in goals of care discussions, participates in facilitation family meetings and interdisciplinary conferences, and attends to all ways of alleviating distress and suffering for patients, families, and staff.

      1. Performs spiritual care in inpatient and outpatient settings for patients on the Palliative Care Consult service.
      2. Conducts regular visits on selected/scheduled patients and documents appropriately.
      3. Conducts patient and family education on visit/procedure and documentation of education if applicable.
      4. Coordinates follow-up spiritual care visits and visits with other members of the Interdisciplinary Team.
      5. Acknowledges psychosocial, spiritual and cultural beliefs and honor these beliefs.
      6. Incorporates use of the Interdisciplinary Team to best relieve suffering.
      7. Communicates with IDT and all staff in a professional and timely fashion.

      Maintains the highest standard in quality of patient care:

      1. Demonstrates knowledge of spiritual issues relevant to patients and families with serious illness and applies current models, theories, and evidence base to plan and implement care, as indicated by feedback from staff.
      2. Considers factors related to patient goals and preferences when planning and delivering patient care.
      3. Demonstrates ability to establish priorities, organize work, and complete responsibilities in a timely fashion.

      Customer Service/Quality: 

      1. Responds promptly and professionally to patients and employees.
      2. Adheres to Code of Conduct for Yale New Haven Hospital System, including Standards of Professional Behavior.
      3. Communicates with Chaplains from Spiritual Care Department for patients who need coordination of spiritual services.
      4. Fosters collaborative relationships with all hospital staff.
      5. Maintains professional working relationships with all levels of staff, clients, and the public.
      6. Acts as part of a team and cooperates in accomplishing department goals and objectives.
      7. Keeps informed of organizational activities and promotes mission and goals. Regularly checks email, mail, voice mail, and other forms of communication.
      8. Participates in appropriate committees as needed by the department, and works collaboratively with other providers of spiritual care, including Chaplains from the Department of Spiritual Care, CPE Interns and Residents, and ED Pastoral Care Associates.
      9. Develops and maintains positive working relationships with community clergy and congregations.

      Financial/Volume Results:

      1. Participates in a full panel of patients as distributed among team members.


      Departmental Goal: Quality Management:

      1. Ensures timely sign-outs to other members of the team.
      2. Accepts and incorporates feedback into clinical practice.
      3. Appropriately involves members of the interdisciplinary team in patient cases.

      Departmental Goal: Safety/ Compliance:

      1. Maintains current knowledge of policies and procedures as they relate to safe work


      1. Follows all safety procedures and report unsafe conditions.
      2. Follows all infection control procedures including blood-borne pathogen protocols
      3. Maintains privacy of all patient, employee and volunteer information and access such information only on a need to know basis for business purposes.
      4. Complies with all regulations regarding corporate integrity and security obligations.
      5. Reports all behavior and/or activity that is unethical, fraudulent, or unlawful.
      6. Provides On call coverage as required by the Department.


      Departmental Goal: Education:

      1. Participates in Education Efforts at all levels including GME (for medical students, residents, fellows), Medical Staff, Nursing Staff, Chaplain Residents, other supporting staff, and community.
      2. Participates in review of documentation for all learners and APPs.
      3. Completes all appropriate evaluations timely.
      4. Participates in scholarly projects when appropriate.


      Departmental Goal: Bereavement Program:

      1. Participates in and Assists development of bereavement program, including follow up bereavement calls, annual memorial service, and other efforts as determined by departmental need.



    Undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree in theology, religious studies or related area preferred. Prefer Masters of Religion or Masters of Divinity degree from an accredited school with A.A.T.A. or requisite national academic accrediting body. Good standing with denomination or faith group; ordained, lay or professed. Must be eligible for certification or certifiable by the Assoc. of Professional Chaplains.

    Board Certification in Palliative Care or Board Eligible with expectation of completion of Board Certification within a reasonable time frame.


    At least one year in capacity of hospital or hospice chaplain or comparable setting.


    At least four units of ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education are required.


    Incumbent as well as external and internal applicants who become disabled must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without the assistance of reasonable accommodation as determined on a case by case basis.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and/or hear. They are also required to stand and walk without assistance. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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