LGH in Park Ridge chosen for chaplain services study
Updated: August 29, 2012 10:03PM
PARK RIDGE — Advocate Health Care has announced that it is conducting an 18-month long study on how chaplains provide palliative care in the intensive-care unit thanks to a grant from the HealthCare Chaplaincy provided by the John Templeton Foundation.
Advocate was one of six organizations in the nation to receive this funding. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge is one of three Advocate sites that will be studied as part of the research project.
The study, titled “What do I do? — Developing a Taxonomy of Chaplaincy Activities and Interventions for Spiritual Care in ICU Palliative Care,” will identify exactly how that care is provided and its impact on patient outcomes.
“The study will give us a more precise description and listing of all the essential activities performed by our chaplains working in the ICU,” said the Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, senior vice president, mission and spiritual care for Advocate Health Care. “The knowledge will ultimately benefit our patients and families and help our clinical teams align more closely with the work of the chaplains.”
Chaplains help patients and families with ethical questions, give counseling on advance directives and provide connections to spiritual sources of strength, among a host of other services.