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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.
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.
“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.
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.