UnityPoint Health

  • Chaplain On-Call

    Requisition ID
    Spiritual Care
    221 NE Glen Oak Ave
    5020 UnityPoint Health Methodist Medical Center
    Spiritual Care
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
    as needed
  • Overview

    UnityPoint Health - Methodist | Proctor | The Point of Unity is You.

    UnityPoint Health is one of the nation's most integrated health systems. We have a vision for healthcare, and it starts with you: "Best outcome for every patient, every time."

    Through relationships with more than 280 physician clinics, 29 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities, and home care services throughout its 8 regions, UnityPoint Health provides care throughout Illinois and Iowa.

    We surround you with care that is coordinated between your doctor's office, hospital and in your home.

    With almost 600 board-certified physicians backed by a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who combine high-tech medicine with genuine warmth and caring, UnityPoint Health - Methodist provides coordinated clinic, hospital and home-based care for patients in Central Illinois.



    Chaplain On-Call

    UnityPoint Health-Methodist Campus

    Shift: PRN As-Needed





    To provide Pastoral Care Service on-call coverage for the patients, families, and staff of Methodist Medical Center, usually overnight and on the weekends, for the Pastoral Care Services Department.


    Clinical & On-Call Responsibilities:


    1. As members of the patient care team, Per Diem chaplains provide emotional/spiritual support, crisis intervention, conflict management, and surgery and cath lab coverage for patients, families, and staff.

    2. Triage pages within 3-5 minutes and respond within 20 minutes.

    3. Respond to deaths, Code Blue/full arrests, fetal demises, UAT/Strokes, Traumas, other emergencies.

    4. Is able to manage competing clinical priorities and activate dept. resources for consultation and clinical support appropriately.

    5. Maintain confidentiality in all pastoral interaction, appropriately document pastoral support and involvement in clinical situations.

    6. Serve as a supportive resource for families discussing end-of-life issues or withdrawal of treatment.

    7. Contact other clergy/faith group leaders for families in crisis, as appropriate to their emotional/spiritual needs, and support the ministry of other clergy as needed.

    8. Develop a working knowledge of other faith traditions in the local area, that will enable appropriate expressions of respect and care.

    9. Promote and enhance team concepts of holistic caring.

    10. Provide staff support after clinical crisis situations.

    11. Serve as resource for Advance Directives and for requests for Ethics Consultation.

    12. Observe, respect and follow In-house Chain of Command.

    13. Advocate for patient needs when appropriate.

    14. Provide Sacramental ministry such as Holy Communion & baptism as requested, and by policy.

    15. Is able to contact a Catholic Priest for coverage of Catholic Sacramental ministry as requested.


    Clinical responsibilities:


    1. Completes rounds to nursing stations as appropriate to each on-call shift (once Mon.-Sat. & Twice on Sunday) with appropriate follow-up on nursing referrals.

    2. Does follow-up on referrals from the day shift chaplain as appropriate and directed.
    3. Works in cooperation with the house supervisor when non-medical crisis require our support or involvement.

    4. Communicates with area clergy/other faith groups as appropriate and with respect to patient confidentiality.

    5. Can promote and enhance team concepts of caring.

    6. Can use the medical record appropriately to communicate with other members of the team.

    7. Is aware of community resources available to serve the patient/family upon/after discharge.

    8. Works collaboratively with chaplain assistants in both crisis and non-crisis situations as part of the pastoral care community here at Methodist.


    Department responsibilities & Professional Development:


    1. Remain current with all relevant hospital, dept., and surgical policies and procedural updates, and observe the dress code policy.

    2. Work an average of one shift per week to keep clinically competent.

    3. Participate in a minimum of 3 of the 4 annual training meetings and additional hospital education required for employment.

    4. Accept and fulfill additional assigned pastoral duties as required by the hospital, Dept., or Director.

    5. Remain in good standing with personal faith group at all times, with annual renewal of faith group endorsement for clinical ministry.

    6. Annually pursue, measure, and demonstrate professional development in clinical competence that relates directly to role as a Chaplain On-Call.

    7. Develop professional goals that align with dept. goals and supports hospital strategic plan. All goals will be measurable and reviewed quarterly within the dept.

    8. Responsive to complete educational assignments made by the director as needed to facilitate dept. objectives and clinical needs of the medical center.

    9. Participate in LEAN projects to improve dept. performance.


    Department responsibilities:


    1. On-call chaplains work and average of one shift per week to keep clinically competent.

    2. On-call chaplains participate in a minimum of 3 of the 4 annual training meetings.

    3. On-call chaplains accept and fulfill all assigned pastoral duty requirements as assigned by Director.

    4. On-call chaplains work in compliance with all hospital policies and with corporate compliance.

    5. On-call chaplains work knowledgeably and collaboratively with other team members.

    6. As a critical part of the pastoral team, on-call chaplains participate and at times help guide PDCA and process improvement efforts.

    7. When confronted with competing clinical priorities on-call chaplains are able to identify when to activate back-up resources for clinical support.

    8. Maintain knowledge of all dept. and hospital policies that pertain to their role and function.

    9. Maintains accurate documentation of clinical activities and charts patient support in the digital medical record.

    10. Abides by Department and Hospital dress code policy.


    On-call responsibilities:


    1. MMCI on-call chaplains are here to provide emotional/spiritual support for our patients, their families, and our staff. 2. On-call chaplains will triage pages within 3-5 minutes and if not in the building respond to pages within 20 minutes. 3. On-chaplains respond by policy to UAT/Stroke pages, Traumas/full arrests, deaths, and other clinical emergencies. 4. After responding to clinical emergencies, on-call chaplains also provide staff support for those potentially affected by the crisis.

    5. On-call chaplains serve as a supportive resource for families discussing end-of-life issues or withdrawal of treatment.

    6. On-call chaplains provide over-night and weekend coverage for the Cath lab and for open-heart. In this capacity we serve as a liaison between the medical team and the patient's family/friends.

    7. Maintains confidentiality in all pastoral interactions.

    8. Can call other clergy for families in crisis as appropriate to the emotional/spiritual needs and support the ministry of that clergy person as needed.

    9. Uses the patient's medical record appropriately to chart pastoral support and involvement in on-call situations.


    Professional development:


    1. On-call chaplains remain in good standing with personnel faith group at all times, with annual renewal of faith group endorsement for clinical ministry.

    2. As part of the pastoral team, on-call chaplains will pursue, measure, and demonstrate professional development in a manner that relates directly to their role as a clinical chaplain.

    3. Each on-call chaplain identifies and develops a professional goal that aligns with department goals that directly support the hospital strategic plan. This goal and all personal/professional goals will be measurable and reviewed quarterly within the dept.

    4. On-call chaplains renew and expand their knowledge in the areas of crisis intervention and grief & loss annually.

    5. The on-call chaplain is responsive to assignments made by the director as needed to facilitate the objectives of the department and the clinical needs of the medical center, usually as these pertain to clinical competence, patient safety, culture, mission & values, or other department specific goals.

    6. If the on-call chaplain is involved in either prayer, memorial, or worship services here at the medical center, all services will be organized in an appropriate ecumenical manner to fit the diverse faith needs of those served, rather than the specific faith tradition and practice of the individual chaplain.


    Spiritual Formation Development:


    1. Develop an annual plan for understanding one's spiritual disposition and how this impacts one's clinical ministry functions.

    2. Utilize Myers-Briggs temperament type indicator to set goals for professional and personal development plans for the year.

    3. Identify one spiritual formation goal to pursue with peer feedback for the year.

    4. Read one resource on pastoral identity or spiritual formation/maturity to support pursuit of one's developmental goals as a chaplain each year.

    5. Identify the spiritual components of medical crisis and adjust one's support of that crisis accordingly.

    6. Pursue clinical ministry that is spiritually supportive of all people.


    Surgery responsibilities:


    1. Support on-going open heart and vascular surgery procedures on 5C

    2. Conduct pre-surgery visits for open heart & vascular cases before surgery.

    3. During cases serve as a liaison between the surgeon and the patient's family.

    4. Support emergent cases and returns to the OR.

    5. Support STEMI patients who will go directly, or quickly, to the Cath Lab.

    6. Support Cath Lab patient care emergencies as needed.

    7. Support emergency surgery, in main OR as needed.

    8. Respond to main OR when there is an unexpected negative outcome.




    1. Bachelor's Degree in the field(s) of theology/religious studies/related field or a denominationally recognized equivalent, preferably from accredited Bible College or Religious School Required


    2. Master's Degree in the field(s) of theology/religion from an accredited Seminary or School of Theology Preferred

    3. A minimum of one unit of supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (although this requirement may be waived by the Director if the pastoral candidate has sufficient ministry experience).

    4. A fundamental knowledge of grief & loss, crisis intervention, and conflict management are strongly desired and the candidate may either demonstrate expertise or agree to training in these three areas




    1. 10+ years of experience in/with ministry in the parish or one unit of CPE experience Required.

    2. Endorsement from that ecclesiastical organization or home church for this clinical ministry is required. This endorsement must be renewed yearly as evidence of good standing.


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