Spiritual Services - Baystate Health

Req#: R24307
Category(s): Allied Health Clinical Professional, Spiritual Services
Full Time / Part Time: Per Diem
Shift: First

Baystate Health, western Massachusetts’s premier healthcare provider, and home to Baystate Medical Center (BMC), is looking for a Chaplain.

The Interfaith On Call Chaplain functions as team member of Spiritual Services and provides spiritual and religious care to patients, families and staff of all faith and no recognized faith tradition in emergency situations such as end of life, trauma, moral distress, urgent questions of meaning and value. The on call chaplain primarily serves the patients, families and staff at Baystate Medical Center on all shifts, but primarily during night and weekend shifts.

1) The Interfaith Chaplain will assess patients, families, and staff' spiritual, emotional, and religious needs in all inpatient areas and the Emergency Department of Baystate Medical Center. Effective interventions addressing the needs of the patients, families, and staff are expected to be implemented. Staff support includes debriefings, services of remembrance, and other supportive events as appropriate.

2) Provides spiritual and religious resources such as prayer, blessings, and rituals appropriate to the spiritual and religious practice of the persons cared for.

3) Communicates effectively with the health care team and the department team to collaborate in the efforts to provide patient-family-centered care with compassion and competence.

4)  Documents all patient encounters in the electronic health record using the spiritual care assessment form and will log provided spiritual care in the departmental on-call log book.

5) Functions as a bereavement support person to provide appropriate, professional, and compassionate bereavement support, including using rituals such as handprints, lock of hair, and other personalized interventions and distributing bereavement support material to the family. Will follow the bereavement care policy CO92.

6) Upon request by the manager of the department, the Interfaith Chaplain will participate in orienting Clinical Pastoral Education students to designated inpatient care areas at Baystate and to the Emergency Department. Will function as a spiritual care mentor to the students.

7) Facilitates viewings for decedents in collaboration with the Clinical Nurse Supervisor and the health care team following the policy on Viewing Decedants in the Morgue CO 9.306.

8) Will collaborate with other members of the Spiritual Services department to orient, coordinate and support the work of volunteers assigned to the department.

Participates in departmental staff meetings, special projects, and the overall life of the department.

9) Provides spiritual care through establishing helpful pastoral relationships, crisis intervention, non-anxious presence in traumatic situations, offers guided imagery appropriately, and short-term counseling interventions.

10) Interfaith Chaplain will provide spiritual leadership in assigned clinical areas including and not limited to offering healing rituals and memorial services for staff as appropriate. Collaborates with the nursing manager.

11) Interfaith Chaplain provides educational sessions for clinical staff and upon request in the community mostly on matters related to spirituality and health care.


  • Location: Baystate Medical Center, Springfield MA
  • Dept: Spiritual Services
  • Hours: Per Diem, On-Call
  • Must be available to work weeknight and weekends as needed


  •  2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education
  •  4 units of CPE, 2 years of professional ministry in congregation or institutional setting


  • Bachelors Degree required

All correspondence can be directed to:

Jessica Morse

Sr. Healthcare Recruiter


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Bachelor of Science (Required)


Board Certified Chaplain – Other

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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