Clark Phinney, Director of Human Resources for a 138 bed skilled and long term care ministry in Central Maine founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon and currently sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of West Hartford, sent the following announcement:
We have a critical opening in our leadership team for a Director of Pastoral Care and Mission that I am hoping you can assist me with by way of posting on any job opening boards that you may have online and on campus as well as via contacts you may have with students or graduates looking for employment.
Additionally if you are aware of any other sources that I should connect with to help spread the word please do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you again for your time and assistance in helping us fill this vital member of our team.
Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation in Waterville is seeking a Director of Pastoral Care and Mission. Our 138 bed facility offers assisted living, licensed skilled post acute nursing and rehabilitation, long-term care, memory care and behavioral health in a holistic environment.
Mount Saint Joseph is a holistic care community founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of West Hartford provides a competitive compensation and benefit package that complements this opportunity for personal growth and professional advancement. Mount Saint Joseph is a Trinity Senior Community.
The person in this position is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and oversight of the Pastoral Care Department. The Director develops and manages services designed to meet the religious and/or spiritual needs of residents and their families as well as facility team members. Supervises a team of chaplains both staff and volunteer in meeting the purpose and goals of the department. The Director of Pastoral Care and Mission serves as a member of the OPS management team and as an internal consultant to the ethics committee. This position supports the mission and core values of Mount Saint Joseph by serving as an ambassador and collaborates with the senior leadership team in determining priorities for spiritual grounding and Catholic healthcare ethics. Additional responsibilities include ensuring that the mission and values of Mount Saint Joseph are present in all aspects of daily work. Position involves a high level of collaborating with the direct care workers and all ancillary departments. Must be able to build consensus and foster collaboration among workgroups. The Director plans and leads various religious services, events, studies and observances within the Mount Saint Joseph community on a regular basis. Ability to function within a faith based organization and ensure the spiritual needs for Catholic, Protestant and Jewish residents are actively cared for and fostered.
Minimum of 3 years of management experience in a chaplaincy or pastoral care setting. Clinical Pastoral care or chaplaincy certification in good standing. Minimum of 3-5 years of active ministry experience preferred. Prior experience in long term care a plus. Membership in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains strongly desired.
Mount Saint Joseph offers a full benefit package to colleagues including: Medical, Dental, Vision, supplemental insurances as well as a generous unified bank leave time policy. We are a 100% tobacco free campus.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent direct experience.
Submit a current resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate consideration.
Director of Human Resources
Mount Saint Joseph Residence & Rehabilitation
7 Highwood Street
Waterville, ME 03901
(207) 873-0705 ext 218
Tracey Biles, who just graduated from the MA in Health Care Mission in December 2016, wrote the following note:
“Just wanted to share with you that I have accepted a VP of Mission position with Saint Thomas Health System (part of Ascension) in Tennessee. I’ll be joining the Senior Leadership Team of Saint Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro, TN which includes the main campus as well as four smaller hospitals in neighboring communities. I’ve been overwhelmed with the hospitality and warm welcome extended to me by the team in Murfreesboro so I’m really excited about this transition. I’ll be working some in Ada over the next 30+ days but will also be using several PTO days to put my house on the market and find a new home in a new state. My first day in Murfreesboro will be March 6th.
Thank you for being an important part of my 10 years at Mercy. I look forward to when our paths will cross again. If you’re ever in Tennessee, please come visit me in the ‘Boro’!”
Tracey now joins two other current students, Greg Pope and Andrew Ochs, at Ascension’s St. Thomas Health System.
Congratulations to Tracey from all of us at the Ashley-O’Rourke Center and the Aquinas Institute! We continue to be proud of the accomplishments and successes of our graduates.
We recently received an advertisement for an open internship available at the Catholic Health Association to students currently enrolled in graduate programs in health care ethics. Click on the link below to view the full job posting and description.
A practicing physician herself and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Kimberly was interested in how the principles of Catholic Social Teaching might apply to alternative forms of patient care delivery that many doctors are exploring today. She initially wrote and submitted the paper for our course last summer (2016), “Catholic Social Teaching: Foundations and Applications for the Healing Ministry.”
Kimberly’s work exemplifies how the Ashley-O’Rourke Center brings together the practice of medicine, mission integration in health care, the study of theology, spirituality, and leadership formation, to have a real impact in the lives of medical practitioners, mission leaders, executives, and -most importantly – the quality of care patients receive.
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As a PR specialist I have spent decades dealing with volatile front page issues, rancorous disputes and tricky situations — everything from food poisonings and market crashes, to animal cruelty charges, bodies disappearing from funeral homes, exploding sawmills, bankruptcies and sex scandals. But the escalating state of dysfunctional and toxic dialogue we see today is beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed. We are in a communication crisis. Our warlike approach to public debate is polluting the public square with a dark haze of unyielding one-sidedness. Regardless of the issue, this is the threshold problem because we have shut down the space where high quality public debate takes place, where facts matter, where passionate opposition and science shape constructive, mind changing conversations. Attacking people’s motives and character, whipping up fear and hatred, distracts the public from real issues and undermines genuine opposition and debate. Sadly it is part of a nasty wave of nationalism and bigotry washing across North America and Europe. While doing research for my new book, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, I interviewed dozens of political pundits, philosophers, moral psychologists, media gurus and social scientists. They all agree toxic dialogue and polluted public discourse is an enormous obstacle to change. While adversarial discourse has its place in a courtroom or an entertaining television debate, these ugly and antagonistic techniques also lead to disabling polarization and tribalism — the two main sources of pollution in the public square. So what is healthy dialogue? (Read more from James Hoggan, A Matter of Spirit, Fall 2016)
Colleen Walters Named Vice President & Chief Mission Integration Officer for MHN
AOR is pleased to announce Colleen M. Walters, MAHCM, has been named Vice President and Chief Mission Integration Officer for the Mercy Health Network (MHN), effective Oct. 24, 2016. Colleen has served as the Vice President Regional Mission Integration for the Trinity Health Iowa Region since 2013. Prior to that assignment she held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Medical Professional Resources in Springfield, Ohio. She brings to MHN 30 years of health care experience ranging from Dietary Aide to Director of Physician Relations / Recruitment.
Within Trinity Health, Colleen was selected by Mission Senior Leadership as a member of the Trinity Health task force for the development of standards for Mission Integration leaders. She is a member of Trinity Health’s Ethics Leaders Group.
Colleen has a Masters of Arts in Healthcare Mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis. She co-chaired an Iowa Catholic Conference subcommittee on end of life care in healthcare and co-authored with Dr. Janine Idziak recommendations to the Iowa Catholic Bishops on compassionate care initiative.
She is the mother of two adult daughters, Emily (27) who works for NASA in Huntsville, Alabama and Vanessa (21) who is finishing her undergrad degree in Medicinal Chemistry in Ohio. She has been married to her husband Steve for 31 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Please join us in congratulating Colleen on her continued success in health ministry leadership!
George Avila, a 2015 graduate of the MA in Health Care Mission, was recently named Vice President, International Mission Integration for CHRISTUS Health in Irving, TX! Mary Hill (Geroge’s classmate from MAHCM 2015) writes on our Facebook page: “George and his family have relocated to Texas and he is traveling regularly to Christus’ ministries in Latin America. It’s a new role and George was THE person for the job.”