Health City Cayman Islands has hired a chaplain to meet the spiritual needs of its patients.
Charles D. Bush, who is professionally trained to provide spiritual care in a medical setting, will join the hospital’s team, filling the role of manager, mission integration and spiritual care, according to Health City officials.
“Chaplain Bush will not only be working with our patients and their families, he will also provide spiritual support for our staff, working towards creating a culture which supports spiritually centred, holistic care,” said Dr. Chandy Abraham, medical and facility director of Health City.
Chaplain Bush was born and raised in the Cayman Islands. He earned a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and completed his clinical training in healthcare chaplaincy at Gwinnett Medical Center, a 600-bed hospital system and Level II trauma center in the Atlanta area. Chaplain Bush said, “The role of a hospital chaplain is to assess a patient’s pastoral care needs and create a plan of care, offering comfort and with a non-judgmental, non-anxious presence.
“Simply put, a hospital chaplain is an extension of the holistic model of healthcare in which the whole person is cared for: body, mind and spirit,” said Chaplain Bush.
His research areas include pastoral care, faith formation, mental health and outreach to youth at risk. He is also certified by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and is an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains and a commissioned Episcopal Lay Chaplain, diocese of Atlanta. Chaplain Bush also sits on the hospital’s newly formed Ethics Committee.
“The spiritual care at Health City is patient-focused, and I will be seeking to draw out the resources of the individual. I believe that we are each our own best authority on what our faith or spirituality is,” he said.
“I am committed to working with community clergy and faith leaders as collaborative partners in pastoral care.
“We anticipate providing care to multi-religious patients and their families,” Chaplain Bus said. “I am quite passionate about this rich opportunity to affirm and celebrate diversity and to affirm the common dignity of all persons, whoever they are and wherever they are on life’s journey.”
A volunteer associate clergy chaplain and associate lay chaplain program will be announced in the near future, according to a hospital press release.