Finding spiritual peace of mind at work

Employee News & Views Editor: January 16, 20135 Comments

Ever have one those days where the stress piles up and then life throws you a 80 m.p.h. curve ball?  I had one the other day and was lucky enough to run into one of our chaplains. I shared that things weren’t going great and he suggested we take a moment to talk and pray and push the re-set button on my day.

 Employees participate in recent ‘Blessing of the Hands’ with Chaplain Lynn Baker in the Community Regional Medical Center Chapel.

I sometimes forget that the chaplains and our hospital chapel are there to provide spiritual, pastoral and religious support not only to our patients and their families – but to us employees as well. As Chaplain Grimaldo Enriquez explained, the well-being of our employees is important to Community because a less worried and stressed workforce means a happier, more productive workforce, bottom line.

For our chaplains, it is not about serving people of a specific faith or belief. It’s about being there to provide mental and emotional comfort – to listen, not preach, though employees can bring up the subject of religion if they choose to.

Comfort for employees: 

 Spiritual support is available to all employees at Community Regional and Clovis Community through one-on-one meetings as well as large and small groups tailored to specific emotional and spiritual needs. Our chaplains are available to listen to you or pray with you on your hospital unit or in their office or chapel:

How to request personal spiritual support:
You may page the On Call Chaplain at (559) 488-8800 or request a specific chaplain by personal preference or faith by calling x56461.  There’s a chaplain on duty 24/7.
To request spiritual support for a patient:

Place a request through Epic, or call the crisis pager number or office directly at the numbers listed above.

  • One-on-One: Sometimes you need to talk with someone confidentially due to life transitions in your personal or professional life.
  • In-Service Training: A chaplain can lead small group education sessions for your hospital unit on improving patient satisfaction in emotional and spiritual support, self-care, dealing with grief, compassion fatigue, and many other topics. 
  • Celebration of Life Services: Since Community is the second largest employer with more than 6,800 employees, we at times encounter a death of one of our co-workers. Many times we want to honor and remember them with our colleagues because our co-workers often feel like family.  A special service can be planned that is appropriate for the situation. 

     

A calming place available:

“The chapel is a calming place.  Employees come to the chapel during their breaks to pray or even meditate to recharge their emotional and spiritual batteries,” said Chaplain Grimaldo Enriquez. “Some employees make brief stops in the chapel just to find some peace and quiet from the noise and hectic pace of our trauma center, and some employees even finish their work day by stopping in the chapel to pray or meditate about the blessings, opportunities and challenges the day has presented. In this way, they leave the workplace more relaxed and better enabled to face life back at home.”

The Community Regional and Clovis Community chapels offer a sanctuary where patients, guests and staff members may gather to meditate, pray, grieve and reflect 24 hours a day.  Community Regional’s chapel is located on the first floor near the main lobby elevators and Admitting Office. Clovis Community’s chapel is temporarily located on the second floor above the main lobby close to the old elevators. In the near future, the Clovis Community Chapel will return back to its original location in the main lobby by the old elevators. 

Be ready to face the emotional workplace challenges:

My encounter was a good reminder that whenever any of us feel the need to recharge or ground our spiritual well-being –find our peace of mind, we should consider the services and support of our caring chaplains or use our chapels.  Both are here to support us and our co-workers so we can all face the day or night with great strength. For what we see and deal with every day on the job, we can all use a little bit – or for some of us, a lot of this kind of support for our everyday emotional workplace challenges. 

Shannon Merritt
Communications Specialist
Community Regional Medical Center

5 responses to Finding spiritual peace of mind at work

what a great resource for the

what a great resource for the hospital to provide for its employees.


you must find peace within

you must find peace within yourself. believe in yourself. no religion, race or ethnicity that can save you. it is within you where you can find strength and peace of mind. love yourself. be free. learn things. live life.


I think you are missing a

I think you are missing a great spiritual relationship by only believing in yourself


Just knowing this is also

Just knowing this is also available to employees brings comfort. Thank You!


What a great reminder...

What a great reminder... Bless you chaplains for not only being here for the patients, but for being here for us as well. Thank you


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