Mercy to Offer Spiritual Care Conference

February 20, 2013

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Mercy's first area-wide continuing education conference

on spiritual care delivery will be April 13.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Spiritual care changes as technology advances. Years ago, e-chaplaincy, telemedicine, email, Skype and other new technologies were not incorporated in health care and spiritual care like they are today.

For the first time, Mercy will offer an area-wide continuing education conference on spiritual care delivery focusing on the challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. It will take place at Mercy Hospital Springfield in the McAuley Conference Center from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

Physicians, nurses, chaplains, clergy members, or anyone who is interested in this information is invited to attend. “We’re hoping this conference brings together both the medical and the spiritual care communities so that each may see the resources and options that are out there in caring for others together,” said Mercy chaplain, Rev. Mark Chamberlin, who also serves on the conference planning committee. 

Scheduled to present are Julie M. Jones, Execu­tive Director of Mission and Ministry and leader of Mercy’s pastoral services, and Dr. Mark Lee of Mercy Northwest Arkansas. Because of Mercy’s leadership in pioneering new ways to deliver spiritual care, Jones will come uniquely qualified to encourage ministers, physicians and other clini­cians to see how trends in health ministry shape spiritual care for the 21st century. Sharing trends, implications for spiritual care, and various initiatives within Mercy, she will add new ideas and resources to your ministry toolbox. Dr. Lee is the driving force behind making a professional chaplain available at his clinic, and he will offer his experience evidencing the value and benefits of providing a professional chaplain to the patients, families, and clinic staff.

“On a personal note, about 12 years ago I dreamed of Mercy Springfield hosting a pastoral care conference such as this,” said Chamberlin. “I’m so excited to see it come true and so appreciative of all those who helped make it possible.”

The registration fee is $30 and includes syllabus materials, certificate of attendance, continental breakfast, luncheon, and refreshment breaks. Registration two weeks prior to the conference date is encouraged.

Both the NACC and APC will accept continuing education hours from this event. The Talent Development & Optimization Department of Mercy Hospital is an ap­proved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 5.75 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

The event brochure and registration form can be found here. For content information, contact Mark Chamberlin at 417-820-2735. For registration information, contact Talent Development and Optimization at Mercy Hospital at 417-820-3005.

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