Chaplain 5655 in Columbia, SC at Providence Health

Date Posted: 3/26/2021

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Job Description

Providence Health

Founded as Providence Hospitals in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence's two free standing full-service hospitals and numerous satellite practices maintain a true devotion to advanced clinical expertise and unmatched compassion. On February 2, 2016, Providence became part of the LifePoint Health network, and shortly thereafter, changed its name to Providence Health to better represent the full complement of its services. Driven by quality, compassion, and Christ, Providence treats the whole person- body, mind, and spirit.

Providence Health is currently looking for a Chaplain to join our Providence family.

Position Overview

The fundamental function of the Chaplain is to make tangible the Presence and Grace of God as he/she provides ministry in the health care setting. The Chaplain offers a safe haven for others to place their burdens, struggles, concerns and joys before God. As a trained professional, the Chaplain is called upon to step into the journey of the other and hear beyond the spoken words the significance of the other’s experience or story while inviting them to discover how God is manifested in their own unique humanness. The Chaplain assists individuals with spiritual and emotional integration of their current health crises/or situation by engaging the other in an encounter with the Sacred in the midst of their experience. The Chaplain invites the other to a deeper discovery of self and recognition of how God is acting in, through and with them and others.

The Chaplain participates in a wider dimension of God's healing Presence to humanity by providing leadership and education within the health care setting that contributes to shaping a culture where, the Word of God, is lived out through our thoughts, words and actions which embody spirituality, core values and the mission of the healthcare system.

This role is lived out at an individual level with patients, families, staff, physicians etc. It is also lived out at the organizational, community, and departmental level.

Essential Functions

  • Assesses, and provides, spiritual care that is informed by and respects cultural religious differences.
  • Documents effective pastoral care to patients, families, and staff. This includes but may not be limited to crisis ministry, grief and bereavement ministry, end of life care, and spiritual and emotional support services.
  • Participates as a professional member of the department, by actively participating in department meetings, hospital committees if assigned, keeping required documentation for productivity measurements, time studies, briefings, etc.
  • Facilitates ethical decision-making and values discernment with patients, families and staff, making appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Examples include end of life decisions, interpreting advance directives, code status, etc. Provides leadership and education that shapes a culture of spirituality, Mission, and Core Values with various departments.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary delivery of holistic patient care services through rounding and family conferences, etc.
  • Effectively coordinates sacramental ministry, rituals and worship.
  • Maintains Board certification Completes all required hospital education.
  • Participates in rotation of weekend shifts.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned

Job Requirements

Minimum Work Experience:

Completion of 4 units of CPE requirements for Board certification.

Experience working in a hospital setting as a Chaplain on clinical units.

Minimum Education:

Master’s degree in theology, divinity, religious studies, pastoral ministry, spirituality or another appropriate related field is required.

Required Certification or Licensure:
Within first year of hire: Board Certification required or in process of certification according to one’s Professional Association’s requirements: as recognized by the STRATEGIC PARTNERS FOR SPIRITUAL CARE: [The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), and Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC)]

  • Appropriate/ Valid Ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Membership in the appropriate Professional Association required within one year of being hired.


2435 Forest Drive

Columbia, SC 29204


Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (occasional on call hours)

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