Chaplain at Dignity Health in Stockton, CA

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St. Joseph's Medical Center is a member of Dignity Health. The word "dignity" perfectly defines what our organization stands for, showing respect for all people by providing excellent care.

St. Joseph's Medical Center, was founded in 1899 under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, is a not for profit, fully accredited, regional hospital with 395 beds, a physician staff of over 400, and more than 2,400 employees. Specializing in cardiovascular care, comprehensive cancer services and women and children's services including neonatal intensive care. St. Josephs is the largest hospital as well as the largest private employer in Stockton, California. Nationally recognized as a quality lead, St. Josephs is consistently chosen as the "most preferred hospital" by local consumers.

The per diem Staff Chaplain is a full member of the health care team, sharing in the healing mission of St. Joseph's Medical Center Spiritual Services department. The incumbent assesses the spiritual needs, provides counsel, educates and ministers to patients, their families, physicians, co-workers and members of the community, as required. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of the Organization. It is expected that the employee will demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values.

  • Experience, preferably in a hospital setting, working as part of a team.
  • Experience in the spiritual care of psychiatric and AODA patients, conducting spiritual groups and providing spiritual support to individual patients of all faiths
  • A Master's degree in Divinity, Theology, or Pastoral Studies with at least four (4) units of clinical pastoral education (or its equivalent).
  • Certification by NACC or APC or certification eligible within 18 months.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of spiritual care practices as well as general office practices, including records management.
  • Familiarity with current medical ethical issues and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Facilities.
  • Basic understanding of all denominations, faiths and sensitivity to diverse cultures required

  • Ability to speak Spanish or Southeast Asian language helpful.

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