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MGH ranked best hospital in America by U.S. News - MGH Hotline - July 20, 2012
The sense of pride was palpable beneath the Bulfinch Tent July 17 as hospital employees, affiliates, public officials and media crews gathered for a celebration of the news that the MGH ranked No. 1 in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report 2012-13 “Best Hospitals” list. After ranking second last year, the MGH now takes the place previously held by Johns Hopkins Hospital, which had been at the top of the list for 21 consecutive years.
A Spiritual Graduation - The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare - May 30, 2012
Challenging. Intense. Life changing. These are the terms that have been used to describe the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, a joint initiative between the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the Chaplaincy Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Ministering to cancer patients is ‘hairy’ experience for oncology chaplain - Caring Headlines - April 5, 2012
On March 16, 2012, oncology chaplain,Katrina Scott, once again kept her appointment at the Images Boutique on Yawkey 9 to cut her hair so her locks could be used to make wig(s) for cancer patients.
A day in the life of an MGH chaplain - Caring Headlines - December 1, 2011
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the MGH Chaplaincy? No two days are alike, and every day brings new rewards, new challenges, and valuable insights into the lives and experiences of our patients and families. The following compilation of daily interactions may give you some sense of the activities that make up a ‘typical’ day and night in the MGH Chaplaincy.
Chaplain brings voice of experience and compassion to tragic situation, Caring Headlines - December 1, 2011
My name is Patti Keeler, and I have been a staff chaplain at MGH for four years. Recently, I received a page stating: “We need a priest on Ellison 4, stat.” I arrived in the Surgical ICU within minutes. I was unable to get a clear look at the patient because of the many clinicians surrounding his bed and rushing in and out of his room. I was told that Mr. M had suffered a massive crushing injury, had just been admitted to the SICU post-operatively, and that death was imminent. A large gathering of family members was ‘waiting for the priest’ in the conference room.
Clinical Pastoral Education then... and now, Caring Headlines - December 1, 2011
It may surprise you to know that MGH has contributed to the development of thousands of ministry students since MGH’s Dr. Richard Cabot fi rst published, A Plea for a Clinical Year, in 1925. Cabot believed that patients, families, nurses, and physicians had a lot to teach clergy about health crises. Cabot collaborated with Reverend Russell Dicks, also of MGH, to create the fi rst Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in a general hospital. Dicks pioneered the ‘verbatim,’ approach as a tool for peer consultation. CPE programs around the world continue to use verbatim reports as a primary learning tool in addition to newer methods developed later.
Prayer shawls bring hope and comfort to those in need, Caring Headlines - August 4, 2011
Hope is never lost, only found.” That was the message delivered in the MGH Chapel, July 18, 2011, when more than 50 prayer shawls were blessed in an inter-faith service. Staff chaplains, Katrina Scott and Patti Keeler, led the service that included prayer, Scripture, a candle-lighting, and a communal blessing of the shawls.
MGH Chapel celebrates milestone anniversary, Caring Headlines - June 16, 2011
On April 27, 2011, patients, families, chaplains, Eucharistic ministers, staff, and leaders of the MGH community gathered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the MGH Chapel, whose doors first opened on April 25, 1941. Father Tom Mahoney welcomed attendees, and Daphne Noyes, staff chaplain, introduced distinguished guests. Songs, speeches, and prayers filled the room as speaker after speaker shared rich nuggets of the Chapel’s long history and affirmed its importance to the overall mission of the hospital.
Traditional dance is good medicine for patient on Cardiac Step-Down Unit, Caring Headlines - September 16, 2010
My name is Daphne Noyes, and I am a staff chaplain. I work primarily on the Interventional Cardiology Unit, the Cardiac Surgical ICU, and the Cardiac Surgical Step-Down Unit. Like other MGH chaplains, I provide spiritual care to patients and families of all backgrounds, denominations, and faith traditions, and to those who don’t subscribe to any particular tradition.
The power of the sukkah - December 3, 2009
Being hospitalized can be disorienting, confusing, even frightening. For patients unable to engage in religious or cultural practices because they’re confi ned to a hospital, it can be particularly disheartening. It was with that awareness that I received a phone call from Rabbi Ciment recently, regarding a seriously ill patient on Phillips House 21.
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