Eastern Maine Medical Center Engages Community in Developing Chaplaincy Services

10/11/2017

In September, Eastern Maine Medical Center announced its decision to convert to a volunteer chaplaincy program, building upon the more than 50 dedicated faith leaders who currently care for the spiritual needs of its patients, families, and employees. Since announcing this decision, members of the spiritual community, Board of Trustee members, and others have provided feedback which has been taken into consideration. Based on these discussions, Eastern Maine Medical Center announces the creation of a full-time trained chaplain lead position to guide the program’s continued development. Candidates for this new role will have an undergraduate degree in Theology, Ministry, Divinity, or a related field and at least two years of religious leadership experience, preferably in a healthcare setting.
 
In addition, participating on-call chaplains will provide 24/7 coverage for patient requests and will receive a paid stipend for each call they take. The existing Chaplain Internship Program with Grace Evangelical will continue, and the Chaplain Advisory Group will be formally chartered to provide guidance to the program.
 
Eastern Maine Medical Center will continue to strengthen its relationship with the spiritual community and will launch regular gatherings to provide an opportunity for us to discuss the program, review trends in requests for spiritual support, and to create an environment for continuing education.