Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
FMH Hospice mission: to provide superior and compassionate care to patients and their loved ones, so they can complete their life journey in comfort with dignity and harmony.
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is looking for a full-time Chaplain to join the Hospice team. This position is responsible for providing facility chaplaincy services to ensure the purpose and objectives of the program are met, which includes providing intensive and extensive emotional and spiritual care to patients, families, and staff in ecumenical and interfaith contexts, requiring the assessment and documentation of emotional and spiritual needs and addressing appropriately. Administers sacramental, religious and/or priestly duties. Provides quality care in crisis situations and during the process of dying, death, and bereavement. In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, the Hospice Chaplain assess, coordinates and provides bereavement care and services to hospice families and the community.
About Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is a non-profit facility owned by the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation. A Joint Commission-accredited facility with 152 licensed beds, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is the primary referral center for residents of Alaska's interior with a strong patient-to-nurse ratio and Shared Leadership Infrastructure. In addition to our exceptional clinical environment, our location offers incomparable lifestyle rewards away from work. In Fairbanks, small-town living, spectacular natural beauty and endless recreation combine to create a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play.
History of Hospice in Fairbanks
In 1988 a volunteer-based hospice was started in Fairbanks known as Hospice of the Tanana Valley. In 2012 Hospice of the Tanana Valley merged with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to become a medically based hospice. Our Hospice covers a 26-mile radius in the Fairbanks North Star borough. Most hospice patients are cared for in their own homes or the homes of a loved one. Home may also be broadly construed to include services provided in nursing or assisted living facilities, wherever the patient considers to be home.
Full-time, Exempt with Call
Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM, some flexibility with needs for weekend and evening coverage
ResponsibilitiesProvides emotional and spiritual care to patients, families, and/or staff.Assesses and documents the spiritual care needs of patients, families, and/or staff and responds appropriately.Provides emotional and spiritual intervention in crisis situations.Administers and/or facilitates sacramental, ritual, and devotional experiences. Leads interfaith and ecumenical worship services.Responds to emergency calls and participates in an on-call rotation schedule.May assist in orienting, training, and coordinating the work of Spiritual Care Volunteers and/or, where applicable, Chaplain Interns.Performs a variety of miscellaneous activities in support of continuing education and/or spiritual services at assigned facility, which may include: participating in evidence-based research projects and writing related journal articles; collaborating and maintaining community partnerships/relationships; providing educational and consultative seminars for the hospital community staff, peers, and (where applicable, to Clinical Pastoral Education students,) on topics such as, spiritual assessment, death and dying, grief, ministry skills, prayer, and spirituality; updating, maintaining, and distributing spiritual literature; and/or, performing other related activities.Articulates and demonstrates continuous quality improvement utilizing processes that include consideration of all stakeholders. Fosters an environment that focuses on excellence in processes and outcomes.
Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. Provides all customers of Foundation Health with an excellent service experience by consistently demonstrating our core and leader behaviors each and every day.
Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of pastoral/ministry services as normally obtained through the completion of a Masters of Divinity or equivalent from an accredited institution and a working knowledge of pastoral care principles and practices as normally demonstrated through a minimum of two years relevant experience. 1600 hours of supervised work in clinical pastoral education (preferred, not required, at rural facilities, BUMC-T and BUMC-S).Eligibility for ordination or commission to function in professional ministry and in good standing with appropriate religious authority. Faith group endorsement in specialized pastoral care.Eligibility for board certification by a nationally recognized professional organization, such as Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains.Skilled in being tolerant and empathetic of intense emotions and situations. Must have excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact, convey information, provides assistance to a diverse group of individuals and displays a high degree of confidentiality. Skilled in maintaining composure and professional demeanor in difficult, volatile, and stressful situations. Skilled in performing a variety of pastoral roles and functions. Skilled in crisis intervention and conflict resolution methodologies. Skilled in working independently. Skilled in maintaining documentation of observations and services provided.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSOrdained, if applicable by faith group and endorsed for chaplaincy by a recognized faith group or equivalent as evidenced by Board Certification (BCC) by a nationally recognized professional organization, such as Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Additional related education and/or experience preferred. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, depending on assignment.Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
Foundation Health Partners is an EEO/AAP employer; qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.