AAMC News - "Is There A Chaplain In The House? Hospitals Integrate Spiritual Care" - Stacey Weiner
There are an increasing number of chaplains working in hospitals across the country. In 2015, 70 percent of 4,862 hospitals surveyed provided pastoral care services, up from 53 percent in 2002, according to the American Hospital Association. Sometimes, these services are provided by priests, rabbis, and other local clergy, but hospitals more often use chaplains, who are trained to work with people of all faiths – or no faith, explained Deborah B. Marin, MD, professor of psychiatry, associate professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine and director of the Center for Spirituality and Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Collaboration is more common in teaching hospitals because they emphasize exposing students to many disciplines.
- Deborah B. Marin, MD, Professor, Psychiatry, Associate Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director, The Center for Spirituality and Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai