The Chaplains are part of the health care team and their service is free of charge. As clinically trained clergy, they are grounded in a variety of religious traditions, and trained to be able to be helpful to, and respectful of, those of all faiths, as well as those who are not comfortable with religious beliefs. They meet you where you are and can be of help in the midst of troubled waters. They are there for you, and also for your family.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Feelings of sadness, loneliness, or loss
- Feelings of anxiety or stress
- Dealing with family conflicts, worries, or communication issues
- Trying to find courage to face your condition
- Trying to be hopeful and realistic at the same time and finding it hard
- Your sense of who you are and your place in the world seems to be changing in ways that are confusing
- Finding your suffering too much to bear
The Spiritual Care staff can be there with you as you work your way through experiences such as these. You can contact them directly or ask your nurse or doctor for a referral.
If you would like a chaplain to pray with you, they will do this in a way that is sensitive to your particular beliefs. They can offer scripture or readings harmonious with your tradition or spirituality. They can connect you with other resources. Sometimes you may have internal conflicts or problems with religion that are getting in your way such as anger or feelings of guilt. They can often help you find your way through these issues.
They also have many tools including complementary approaches such as meditation, relaxation techniques, healing touch or guided imagery. They begin with what you are comfortable with and accompany you, using their skills. They never push their beliefs or overstay their welcome.
Patients and families can call ext. 42518 from the hospital phone or dial 216.444.2518 from any phone.
Select a link below for information about Spiritual Care services at various regional hospitals.
Rev. Amy Greene, DMin
Director of Spiritual Care
Rev. Amy Greene was appointed Director of Spiritual Care in June 2013. Prior to this position she was the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Cleveland Clinic for 6 years. She has a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. She is ordained and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She and her husband, Thomas Reuter, have two grown sons.
Rev. Robert McGeeney, DMin
Director of CPE and Assistant Director of Spiritual Care
Rev. Bob McGeeney joined the department in December, 2014, as the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education. Before coming to the Cleveland Clinic he served as the ACPE System Supervisor for the Sisters of Charity Health System for 13 years, and he is a retired Chaplain Major in the USAR. Bob has a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in California and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Washington. He is ordained and endorsed by the American Baptist Churches USA. Bob and his wife, Marge LoPresti, have a combined six adult children and seven grandchildren.
Jackie joined the Spiritual Care Department in April of 2014. She has an extensive background in management and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Her skills in coordinating departmental processes and introducing new technologies allow her to excel in servant leadership and ministry support. Jackie enjoys volunteering, traveling, spending time with her family, and crocheting. She is married and is the proud parent of four spectacular children.
Rev. Mark Rogers Berry
Administrative Staff Chaplain
Mark joined the Spiritual Care Department in 2009 when he began CPE supervisory training. A South Carolina native, Mark studied biology and played football at Wofford College (B.S. 2001). After graduating from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div. 2005) he completed a CPE residency at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital System. He supervised 5 units of CPE as a certified Candidate here at the Cleveland Clinic before moving into his current position as the Administrative Staff Chaplain in April of 2014. Mark is an ordained minister endorsed through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He and his wife, Elyse, live in Garfield Heights with their two dogs, Sherlock and Watson.
Rev. Brian A. Shields
Brian A. Shields serves as the Healing Services Coordinator for the Neurological Institute. He is staff chaplain to inpatient and intensive care neurological nursing units, and to the Minority Men’s Health Center, an outpatient urology clinic. Brian is an ordained Progressive National Baptist minister. His Master of Divinity is from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Brian’s wife Jessica is the pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, OH, and they have two daughters.
Rev. Ikwo Umosen, DMin, BCC
Rev. Ikwo Umosen is the oncology-palliative care staff chaplain. He is a board certified chaplain (APC) and a trained holistic care practitioner. Ikwo has been in pastoral ministry since 1990. He served several churches and ministries in Nigeria, West Africa, before moving to the U.S. Ikwo received his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency programs at the Cleveland Clinic. An ordained non-denominational minister, Ikwo is endorsed for healthcare chaplaincy by the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches. His areas of interest include the role of religion, spirituality, and spiritual care at the end-of-life, as well as cultural factors and differences that mediate end-of-life care. Ikwo and his wife, Joyce Thomas, have six children.
Rev. Brent A. Raitz, BCC
Brent is a Board Certified Chaplain (APC) and Healing Services practitioner for the Heart & Vascular Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Brent has served in pastoral ministry since 1993 and was a youth pastor for 16 years before changing to the clinical setting. He completed his undergrad in Psychology from Wheaton College in 1995 and his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000. Brent is ordained and endorsed through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. After being born in Ethiopia, he grew up outside of Cincinnati in Goshen and moved to Cleveland in 2004. Brent has three beautiful daughters and lives in Brunswick, Ohio.
Rev. Pam Garrud
Pam serves as staff chaplain to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital as well as to the orthopedics and cardiac intensive care units. She is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church in Great Britain and has a Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology from Wesley House, Cambridge. A native of Cleveland, Pam returned to the greater Cleveland area in 2009 and did her CPE Residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 2010. After her residency she served as a chaplain at Lorain Regional Medical Center before returning to the Clinic in 2013. Pam is a member of the Healing Services team and has certifications as a spiritual director and Reiki advanced practitioner.
Rev. Logan Skelly
Staff Chaplain (Evening)
Logan serves as the staff chaplain for the hospital between 4pm and midnight during the week. A native of Palm Beach, Florida, he holds graduate degrees in philosophy and English. He received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Before coming to Cleveland and completing his Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency, he taught expository and creative writing courses at Rutgers University.
Rev. Joey Hinson, DMin
Part-time Staff Chaplain (Weekend)
Joey serves as a weekend staff chaplain at Cleveland Clinic. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1972 serving churches as a youth minister, associate minister, and pastor in South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida. An ordained Baptist minister, Joey completed his undergraduate work in Sociology at Mars Hill University in North Carolina and received his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He lived in Florida 33 years before moving to Cleveland to be closer to family. Joey is married, has four children, and three grandchildren.
Molly Bolton, MDiv
Molly serves as the staff chaplain for the Medical Intensive Care Units. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed her CPE training at Cleveland Clinic. She is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ. Molly has lived in North Carolina her whole life until her recent move to Cleveland. She is an activist, a poet, and an indie rock enthusiast.
Rabbi James Egolf, DMin
CPE Student in Supervisory Education
Jim is a supervisory student in the Spiritual Care Department. He grew up in South Alabama and Mississippi. Jim has semicha (ordination) from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and enjoys playing guitar and cooking. Jim is married to Rebecca and they have two sons.
Rev. Sahra Harding
CPE Student in Supervisory Education
Sahra began her work at the Cleveland Clinic in 2014 as a Chaplain Resident and is currently a supervisory student in Clinical Pastoral Education. In 2010, she became a Priest for The Episcopal Church after earning a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Sahra grew up in the Bay Area, where her extended family currently resides. She and her husband own a house in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland where they have an urban farm that includes an herb garden, greenhouse, and chickens.
Rabbi Shulamit Izen, BCC
CPE Student in Supervisory Education
Rabbi Shulamit Izen joined the Spiritual Care Department in August 2015 as a CPE supervisory education student. Before coming to Cleveland she served as a chaplain at the Massachusetts General Hospital and as a rabbi and chaplain for elders living in Hebrew SeniorLife housing. Shula has rabbinic ordination and a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania and is a board certified chaplain (APC).
Kate Kolmodin, MDiv
CPE Student in Supervisory Education
Kate started as a CPE supervisory student in the department in August 2015. Prior to joining the CPE supervisory education program she provided overnight and weekend chaplain coverage at main campus. She received her Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and completed her CPE training at the Cleveland Clinic. Kate is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is married and has two children.
Spiritual Care Information for Staff
The Chaplains are part of the healthcare team. In many units they accompany the staff on rounds. Some units, such as Medical Intensive Care Unit, have chaplains assigned; for other areas they are available at the patient’s request or yours. As clinically trained clergy, they are grounded in a variety of religious traditions and trained to be able to be helpful to, and respectful of those of all faiths, as well as those who are not comfortable with religious beliefs. They meet patients where they are and never force their beliefs or overstay their welcome.
How the Spiritual Care staff can help you with patient issues
Chaplains can help with the following issues, feelings or concerns:
- Anxiety and stress
- Conflict with family members, or alienation from family members
- Guilt feelings
- Feelings of helplessness
- Trying to re-assess their place in the world, in the bigger scheme of things
- “Why” questions
- Grief and loss
- Desire for religious rituals, sacraments, prayers
- Religious issues that are causing the patient to be troubled
- Existential angst, brought on by facing possible death or at other times
- Need for courage
- Not feeling of value, or feeling that value hinges on externals
- The challenge of trying to balance hope with honest appraisal
Illness and hospitalization can cause people to reflect on questions such as ‘What is it all about?’ and ‘Why is this happening to me?’. The Spiritual Care staff can be there for patients as they find answers to these questions. They are not only there for those approaching the end of their lives, but they can be especially helpful at these times.
The Chaplains have many tools. They can also offer complementary approaches such as meditation, relaxation techniques, healing touch or guided imagery. They can help you with patient care in other situations too:
- Family-staff communication issues and conflicts
- When values differ and in ethical consults
- Challenges of non-adherence to treatment
- Help to interpret religious and spiritual concerns of the patient and facilitate communication
- End of life issues
- Advanced care planning
How the Spiritual Care Staff can help you personally
It is also the job of the Spiritual Care staff to help to care for the caregivers. They can help you when things are tough, and help sustain Clinic staff in the midst of difficulties or crises, or help with burnout. Feelings of loss, stress, guilt and exhaustion are normal responses to the challenges of caregiving. They are there for you too, and will respect your particular beliefs as they listen to your issues and distress, and be there with you.
If you would like to talk with someone in the Spiritual Care department to learn more about what they do or ask for a personal visit, give them a call to schedule a time. Any Cleveland Clinic Staff member can submit a patient referral by ordering Spiritual Care in EPIC (select Spiritual Care referral) or your can contact us directly at the Spiritual Care office at extension 42518.
“Healing Services" is a program that combines a variety of specialist therapies integrated with the spiritual care provided by chaplains .
Manual Therapy: Light, 10-minute manual therapy sessions (lighter massage techniques) are offered free of charge with a physician's order for patients during their hospital stay. Chair massage is offered to families and visitors at scheduled times in the Rooftop Terrace of the Miller Family Pavilion and in the G100 Relaxation Suite.
Reflexive Treatments: The application of light pressure on specific points of the hands, feet and ears that provide a healing effect on corresponding organs, glands, and other parts of the body. Most sessions have a relaxing, calming effect and provide physical relief.
Reiki and Healing Touch™: Safe, gentle, non-invasive forms of natural hands-on, energy-based healing. These therapies help balance your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being to promote a deep sense of relaxation.
For more information:
Code Lavender: A personalized, rapid response holistic care service provided by the Healing Services and Spiritual Care teams. It provides emotional and spiritual support as well as grief counseling when a healthcare team, employee team, patient or family would benefit from additional well-being support within 30 minutes. A wide range of holistic care services are available to create a personalized experience. Supportive services are offered for 72 hours after the Code Lavender is called.
Spiritual Support: Clinically trained chaplains provide for the religious and spiritual needs of patients, their families and loved ones, and Cleveland Clinic staff and employees.
Aromatherapy: A practice that uses aromatic essential oils from plants to promote relaxation, energize and reduce nausea and pain. Patients can choose mint, lavender and citrus essential oil based lotion for personal use.
Guided Imagery: A gentle technique that directs the imagination and all five senses to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and pain. Healing Services offers individualized guided imagery sessions at the bedside.Guided imagery programs are available on your inpatient TV on the Relaxation Channel (36).
Relaxation Exercises: Healing Services can provide instruction on a variety of calming and empowering mind-body exercises, which have been proven to decrease anxiety and pain, enhance sleep, and aid healing.
Healing Services for Families, Visitors and Employees: Offered at scheduled times in the Rooftop Terrace of the Miller Family Pavilion and in the G100 Relaxation Suite at Cleveland Clinic main campus.
Outpatient Integrative Medicine: Offered through the, Center for Integrative Medicine. Fee-based outpatient therapies are available before and after your hospital stay. Integrative Medicine therapies are also offered to family members and visitors at any time to help decrease stress. For more information visit the Center for Integrative Medicine or to schedule an appointment, call 216.986.HEAL (4325).
Giving to Spiritual Care
The Chaplains provide services to patients free of charge. They connect with patients in unique ways that make a difference while patients are in the hospital, and the effects of their compassionate presence may continue to sustain patients long after they leave the hospital.
In the midst of the necessary focus on medical details, chaplains enable the whole person to be folded into care. The Spiritual Care team can provide a healing oasis in the midst of the hospital environment, and enable the other aspects of care to flow more smoothly. They can provide additional resources for patients and staff. No matter how excellent the medical care or wonderful the prognosis, patients face challenges. These can be especially salient at the end of life, but throughout the course of disease, people struggle. Your contributions can enable the Spiritual Care Department to make a difference for people.
Many of our services are supported by the generous donations of individuals, groups and institutions.
If you would like to help, or for more information, please contact:
Director of Spiritual Care
The Institutional Advancement Office
Call Spiritual Care at 216.444.2518
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
You may use extension 42518 from any patient room.
Chaplains are available 24 hours/day by paging 22956.
Send Mail to Spiritual Care
9500 Euclid Ave / Q1-3
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Visit Spiritual Care
Spiritual Care is located on the first floor of the Glickman Tower (Q Building) on Cleveland Clinic main campus.