Pastoral Care

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At OU Medical Center, we are committed to your health.  That includes your physical wellness as well as your mental, emotional and spiritual condition while you or your family member are in our care.   

Our Chaplains are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care possible, bringing experience, compassion and collaboration with other hospital staff, into each situation they encounter.  

As Chaplains of the health care community, our team is committed to facilitating healing, guiding, sustaining and reconciling for spiritual and mental wholeness within and among those communities we serve.

Services

The Chaplains provide a wide and varied scope of service to and for patients, their families and hospital employees.  Recognizing the stress and anxiety that often accompanies a hospital admission, Chaplains are available to patients and their families for support and affirmation.  They are sensitive to the individual's cultural and spiritual traditions and needs.  They provide Bibles and other spiritual literature, as well as prayer, communion and baptism, upon request, and often assist in explaining to individuals Advanced Directives for Health Care, or living wills.

Crisis Ministry
Chaplains are an integral part of the trauma team, and as such, help OU Medical Center maintain its certification as the state's only Level I Trauma hospital.  As soon as a Chaplain receives a page regarding trauma, he or she responds to the trauma center within minutes.  Not only do they work with the trauma team on issues, such as obtaining pertinent personal information, securing belongings and valuables, and locating next of kin, but they also facilitate communication between clinical staff and families in crisis. 

Not only do the Chaplains offer crisis ministry within the hospital, they are also trained and certified for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and are, therefore, able to provide care and support for emergency "first responder" personnel such as firefighters, police and emergency medical service (EMS) providers, as well as other types of caregivers.

Additionally, following the 9/11 New York City World Trade Center bombing, Director Danny Cavett and Chaplain Trish Abolins were sent, as part of a team from Oklahoma, to provide support for emergency responders working at Ground Zero.

End of Life and Aftercare 
Chaplains at OU Medical Center also serve as Decedent Affairs Department staff.  They are present at the time of a patient's death, regardless of age or circumstance, offering comfort and support as needed to families.  But, as Decedent Affairs staff, they also document information at that time, which helps the family following the loved one's death (for instance, facilitating and tracking the physician's signature on the death certificate, a document necessary to access important benefits).

In their support of families at the time of death, the Chaplains are also available to offer, when appropriate, information about and options regarding organ and/or tissue donation. Chaplains and Patient/Family Representatives Robin Stewart and Roxane Jensen, of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, are included in the Pastoral Care Department.  They work in partnership with OU Medical Center, serving as pastoral caregivers, assisting both families and clinical staff in the area of donation.

Following the death of a loved one, OU Medical Center Chaplains offer grief support in the form of counseling and literature specific to the type of loss the individual(s) have experienced.  Also, parents and other family members who've lost children are invited to participate in a special Memory Tree Ceremony held each December.

Employee Assistance Program
As part of the benefits offered by OU Medical Center, employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program.  Specifically trained in this area, Chaplains Trish Abolins and Danny Cavett offer support and assistance to employees struggling with any number of personal issues, including, but not limited to work or performance-related problems, domestic troubles and financial crisis.  They are also a part of the committee that oversees the Employee Crisis Fund.