Professional Non-Clinical
2018-R0187462 Requisition #
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This position contributes to the mission and vision of CHI Health by coordinating a comprehensive system for addressing the pastoral and spiritual needs of those served by CHI Health.  Facilitates the pastoral/spiritual care of those served by assuring the use of appropriate assessment and referral process, managing the care of persons to include collaboration with faith communities and application of a broad network of response options, serving as a resource to others on pastoral/spiritual health and coordinating volunteer pastoral visitors who assist in the pastoral care of patients.  Works in partnership and collaboration with local clergy and ministers in responding to the spiritual dimension of health and healing.  Adapts care delivery for age-specific needs of persons and to accommodate persons with physical disabilities, chronic disease, hearing and vision limitations, and memory/behavioral impairments.



CHI Health is a not-for-profit umbrella corporation providing governance, administrative management and direction to all operations of Bergan Mercy Health System (sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives) and Immanuel Medical Center (Immanuel Health Systems).  These two health systems have consolidated operations while maintaining separate religious identities, financial assets and medical staffs.


Consolidated operations include five acute-care metropolitan hospitals located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area; three rural hospitals located in Missouri Valley and Corning, Iowa and in Schuyler, Nebraska; one long-term care facility located in Omaha; one ambulatory service facility at Lakeside in Omaha; minority owner of community hospital in Blair; home care programs serving the region; multiple metropolitan and rural health care clinics/offices; major programmatic initiatives in managed care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health, senior services, cardiovascular services, orthopedics, women’s and children’s services, and oncology; and joint ventures with community partners in pediatrics and hospice.




The incumbent works collaboratively with Operations Director for Chaplaincy Services to implement quality pastoral care.  Coordinates the pastoral/spiritual services for patients and families served by CHI Health and participates in the development of staff regarding the spiritual dimension of health and healing.  Actively works with area clergy and ministers to facilitate the healing process.




·         Provides pastoral care to patients and their families according to the Standards and Competencies for Professional Chaplains.          

·         Receives and responds to patient/family referrals from other members of the healthcare team.

·         Conducts assessments with patients to develop a pastoral plan of care, engages in stated interventions, and necessary evaluations.  Provides professional documentation as required by department.

·         Protects patient confidentiality always.

·         Provides pastoral consultation to employees, physicians, volunteers, and students when indicated.

·         Coordinates the ministry of prayer and appropriate rituals with patients, families, and staff, and partners with local church/congregation leaders whenever possible.  Provides services according to age specific needs, physical disabilities, and memory/behavioral impairment of patients.

·         Coordinates spiritual/pastoral ministry for those at the End of Life according to departmental protocol.

·         Adheres to departmental policies and procedures and Standards of Care Practices for Pastoral Services.

·         Provides education for healthcare staff in the understanding of the spiritual dimension of healing.

·         Participates as a core member of the interdisciplinary team and exercises professional judgment in decision making.

·         Assumes responsibility for personal and professional growth through participation in department meetings, in-service programs and continuing educational opportunities.

·         Demonstrates a positive, professional attitude with patients, families, visitors, and other personnel according to Standards of Practice and organizational commitments.

·         Participates in all safety, security and infection control programs that are mandatory as well as those required and provided by the department.

·         Demonstrates work practices consistent with CHI Health and department-specific safety, security and infection control policies.       



The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the essential functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.



Past experience in a pastoral or ministry field preferred.  Experience in community based models of health care, incorporation of integrative therapies for healing and demonstrated success in facilitating comprehensive response plans for pastoral/spiritual care of person preferred.




Master’s Degree or equivalency in theology, behavioral science, ministry or related field.  Completion of one units of Clinical Pastoral Education.



Excellent interpersonal skills required.  Understanding of the grief process, crisis intervention and interpersonal dynamics required.  Ability to conduct assessments, document plan of care, provide services and evaluate patients’ spiritual needs required.  Good working skills and public speaking ability.  Job requires continuous reading skills, verbal and written communication skills including computer skills.

About Us

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 14 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, a free standing emergency department, more than 150 employed physician practice locations and more than 12,000 employees in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.

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Consistent with our Core Values, Catholic Health Initiatives employers are EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employers. Qualified applications will receive consideration for employement without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, protected veteran status, disabilitiy or any other legally protected characteristic. 

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