Cleveland Clinic Appoints the Rev. Amy Greene to Lead Department of Spiritual Care

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Cleveland Clinic Appoints the Rev. Amy Greene to Lead Department of Spiritual Care

June 6, 2013

Cleveland Clinic has named the Rev. Amy Greene as its Director of Spiritual Care to lead a team of chaplains that care for the spiritual needs of patients, their families and caregivers.

Greene, who has served as Cleveland Clinic’s Director of Clinical Pastoral Education and Assistant Director of Spiritual Care since 2007, plans to add a research component to the Department of Spiritual Care to examine the role that compassionate care plays in patient satisfaction and recovery. She will continue the department’s efforts to develop best practices for reaching patients who can most benefit from spiritual care across all faith traditions.

“Spiritual care is an important and often overlooked part of the healing process,” said Eric Kodish, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care. “Amy is passionate about reaching patients who can benefit from spiritual care and doing research that will provide greater insight into how hospitals can best help meet patients’ needs."

The Spiritual Care Department at Cleveland Clinic was created in 1961 and provides for the religious and spiritual needs of Cleveland Clinic’s patients, their families and loved ones, as well as Cleveland Clinic caregivers. Five full-time, clinically trained chaplains, and five full-time student chaplains, provide spiritual care while respecting each individual’s own faith tradition and religious beliefs. Greene will be the first woman to lead the department in its 50-year history.

“Compassion plays a critical role in clinical excellence,” said Greene. “Our goal is to care for patients’ spiritual needs, so that they can return to better physical health.”

Greene earned her undergraduate degree at Georgia State University and her Master of Divinity at the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She returned to school to earn her Doctor of Ministry at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in 2011.

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