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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

Caring for the Human Spirit

aka HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc.   |   New York, NY   |  www.healthcarechaplaincy.org

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Mission

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s mission is to relieve suffering and provide comfort and support for people at their most challenging moments – during life-changing and life-ending illness and at other times of profound transition. HCCN provides chaplain services in hospitals and by phone or email through our call center, caring for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We also educate chaplains, nurses, social workers, doctors, and others in best spiritual care practices, and advance research into the benefits of spiritual care – for patients, families, medical staff, and institutions. Decades of evidence affirm the positive impact of chaplaincy care on patient satisfaction, quality of life, and even health outcomes. We support and advocate for people at their most vulnerable moments.

Ruling year info

1969

President and CEO

Rev. Eric J. Hall DTH, APBCC

Main address

500 Seventh Avenue 8th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-2634080

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Our programs

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The HealthCare Chaplaincy'

• HCCN and our affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association (SCA), train chaplains to care for patients, their families, and staff at health care facilities across the country.
• We offer 28 courses on spiritual care through the SCA Learning Center; 4,500 students have taken these courses thus far.
• Our annual Caring for the Human Spirit Conference brings together 300-400 chaplains, nurses, and other professionals to explore best spiritual care practices.
• HCCN supplies the only evidence-based curriculum for chaplaincy students to our partner, the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training, which teaches over 600 students each year.
• We pioneered telechaplaincy, allowing people in any location to reach chaplains by phone, email, or video call.
• HCCN creates best-practice papers for chaplains, nurses, social workers, and physicians, on meeting patients' and families' spiritual care needs.
• We consult with hospitals around the country to improve their delivery of spiritual care.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

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Our results

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Number of students registered for online courses

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023, 352 students took 437 courses. In the past 8 years, approximately 4,500 course have been taken through our Learning Center.

Number of chaplains successfully training and testing for board certification

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

790 chaplains have been certified since HCCN began this program with our affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association, 8 years ago, making HCCN/SCA a leading certifying body in our field.

Attendees of Caring for the Human Spirit Conference

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our conference in April 2024 welcomed 222 participants. Over the past several years, as we emerge from the pandemic, the number of conference participants has been increasing slowly and steadily.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) is a New York City-based nonprofit organization with 63 years’ experience providing and advancing spiritual care in the health care arena. Our mission is to relieve suffering and offer comfort and support to people of all backgrounds and beliefs who are facing illness, end of life, or other situations where spiritual and emotional distress are common.

Providing spiritual care means attending to patients’ and families’ heartfelt values and deepest concerns as part of their health care. Chaplains ensure that human connection is not lost in the rush to apply all the technical capabilities of medical science. Also, by helping patients address the spiritual, existential, and emotional challenges arising during illness and at the end of life, chaplains open the door to opportunities for growth and wholeness in these universal situations.

HCCN’s principal goals may be summarized as follows:

• HCCN seeks to educate and train chaplains (“spiritual care specialists”) and other health care professionals – nurses, social workers, doctors, etc. (“spiritual care generalists”) – in best practices to ensure high-quality care of the spirit for everyone in need, including those with life-changing or life-ending illness and their loved ones. We now have a voluminous body of research on spiritual care interventions that are shown to increase patient and family satisfaction, quality of life, and even medical outcomes.

• We are working to strengthen the position of chaplaincy and spiritual care in health care and other areas, including first responder situations and in the business world. In health care particularly, this requires that chaplains understand how to document the care they provide, gather evidence and data on their effectiveness, and advocate for spiritual care in their workplaces.

• HCCN is focused on efforts to unify and standardize the up-to-now fragmented field of professional chaplaincy by providing education, resources, and board certification backed by research-supported best practices. To this end, HCCN founded the Spiritual Care Association in 2015, a membership organization focused solely on strengthening the spiritual care profession.

• Our overriding goal is to establish spiritual care as an essential component of whole-person care throughout the U.S. medical system, and to make inroads to make this a reality around the world. We seek to make care of body, mind, and spirit a given in all situations of human suffering.

To more fully integrate spiritual care into health care, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network engages in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy. HCCN has grown from a small program providing hospital chaplaincy in the New York metro area into an internationally recognized model for multi-faith spiritual care. HCCN has also catalyzed research through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation that produced ground-breaking studies supplying an evidence base for the effectiveness of spiritual care in health care. Our programs, which reflect our strategic priorities, include the following:

• HCCN and our affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association, train chaplains to care for people in hospitals and hospices, in the military, in first response situations, and in the workplace, in New York and across the country.

• Our online Learning Center offers 28 courses on various aspects of spiritual care.

• HCCN’s annual conference brings together 300-400 chaplains, nurses, and other professionals each year to explore best spiritual care practices.

• We supply the only evidence-based curriculum for chaplaincy students to our educational partner, the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training.

• HCCN pioneered telechaplaincy, allowing people to reach chaplains by phone, email, or video call.

• We create best-practice papers in spiritual care for chaplains, nurses, social workers, and physicians.

• HCCN consults with health organizations around the country to improve their delivery of spiritual care.

In 2016, HCCN founded the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) to standardize the fragmented field of professional chaplaincy by providing education, resources, and certification backed by research-supported best practices. SCA’s development of Quality Indicators and Scope of Practice in spiritual care ensures that the performance of SCA-trained chaplains and other spiritual caregivers can be measured objectively. This is of vital importance to hiring managers and health care administrators, and strengthens the position of spiritual care within health care.

Capstone University was founded by HCCN and SCA in 2019 to develop forward-thinking leaders and practitioners of spiritual care. Capstone takes a multi-faith, interdisciplinary approach, welcoming individuals from all caring professions, including chaplains, nurses, social workers, clergy, educators, and mental health care providers. It offers graduate degrees in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care Nursing, Spiritual Direction, Divinity, and Thanatology, and certificate programs in Spiritually Informed Social Work, Military Chaplaincy, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy, and many other areas. Its online courses invite participation from across the country and around the world.

These closely aligned organizations – HCCN, SCA, and Capstone – form a unique platform to increase the effectiveness and availability of spiritual care in the health care arena and beyond.

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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

Board of directors
as of 06/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Schoen

Beigene

Term: 2020 -

Michael H. Schoen

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Organizational demographics

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