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Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Department provides for the religious and spiritual needs of those who come through our doors, including patients, their families and loved ones, and Cleveland Clinic staff and employees.

Our clinically trained chaplains are committed to providing compassionate and appropriate spiritual care that respects the beliefs of each person.

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.

Contact us

Patients and families can call ext. 42518 from the hospital phone or dial 216.444.2518 from any phone.

Regional Locations

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.

Jacqueline Tinsley
Administrative Assistant

Jacqueline Tinsley joined the Spiritual Care Department as the Administrative Assistant in 2014 . She serves at the primary contact for the department, managing projects and collaborating with a variety of departments as well as providing support for the Director of Spiritual Care and the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education. She has extensive experience in management and administration and has a Bachelor of Science degree (Management) from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Rev. Mark Rogers Berry
Administrative Staff Chaplain

Rev. Mark Berry joined the Spiritual Care Department in 2009. A South Carolina native, Mark received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his CPE residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and did four years of advanced CPE training at the Cleveland Clinic. Mark's role as Administrative Staff Chaplain involves a combination of administrative leadership, patient care, and special projects. He is an ordained minister endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Mark and his wife, Elyse, live in Cleveland Heights with their two dogs, Sherlock and Watson.

Rev. Brian A. Shields
Staff Chaplain

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
Staff Chaplain

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
Staff Chaplain

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
Staff Chaplain

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.

Molly Bolton, MDiv
Staff Chaplain

Molly is the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) staff chaplain. A North Carolina native, she completed her undergrad in English at Wake Forest University and received her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest School of Divinity. Molly completed her Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Cleveland Clinic and is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ. She is a member of the Healing Services team and is a Reiki practitioner. Molly is passionate about poetry as a tool for healing, feminism, and antiracism. Friendship, yoga, and indie rock keep her grounded.

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. Dennis Wendling
Part-time Staff Chaplain (Weekend)

Dennis serves as a weekend chaplain at Cleveland Clinic. A native to Northeast Ohio, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and his Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), for whom he served congregations in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He is an accomplished musician and baker, and he lives with his partner Jonathan.

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.

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
Kate Kolmodin
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.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Cleveland Clinic is an accredited program of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. It is graduate-level training for ministers of all faith traditions who have completed (or are in process of completing) their master's degree in divinity, theology or equivalent field. Degrees must be from a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu) or an international equivalent (www.professionalchaplains.org).

Cleveland Clinic is accredited for all levels of CPE training - from the initial unit through supervisory training. The initial (or “basic”) unit can be completed in three ways at Cleveland Clinic:

  • Summer Intensive Unit: 10.5 weeks, full-time M-F plus on-call rotation. The unit usually begins the Monday after Memorial Day and ends mid-August.
  • Fall Extended Unit: Every Wednesday plus weekly on-calls (including occasional weekends). The unit usually begins the week of Labor Day and ends the week  before Christmas Eve.
  • Spring Extended Unit: Same as the Fall Extended Unit. The unit usually begins the first week of January and ends in mid-May.

Each of these units has a tuition cost of $500. Tuition is sometimes reduced for additional units.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the federal, state, or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.

Documents


Statement of Confidentiality and Student Rights

Annual Notice (published in accordance with ACPE Standard 304.4):

This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.

A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right.

Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033.

For additional information please consult the Cleveland Clinic CPE Student Handbook as well as the Spiritual Care Department Policy Manual (Policy Number 410).

Healing Services

“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).

What is Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient?
Manual Therapies is one-on-one holistic care to patients, family and staff using the hands to provide comfort, relaxation and pain relief in a safe manner.  The use of presence, empathetic listening and compassion are used to build practitioner-patient rapport. Nursing contact hours are awarded for the individual course modules within the 100 hour Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient program. Specific information can be found in the Nursing Continuing Education tab on the top of the page. Cleveland Clinic enterprise is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

What is the Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient Program?
Healing Services’ Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient (MTHP) Program is a 100-hour internal training program for registered nurses to gain expertise in the holistic, relationship-based, hands-on care of patients, families and fellow staff.  Teaching methods include didactic, theory, lab practical and clinical experience. The RN develops critical thinking, manual therapy (hands-on) techniques to promote comfort, relaxation, healing and symptom relief, interdisciplinary collaboration and evidenced-based and research knowledge and skills.

We welcome registered nurses to apply if they embrace the mission of the MTHP Program and are motivated to bring this holistic, hands-on care to the bedside and the units where they can impact patient, family and staff engagement and experience.

Cleveland Clinic, consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, stands on the leading edge of academic medicine. As a result, MTHP students have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of a developing practice for nurses. Nurses will participate in bringing back high touch to the high-tech inpatient environment. You will have the opportunity to interact with a team of holistic and spiritual care providers that will not only promote new skills you can incorporate into your nursing practice, but also encourage your growth as a person and professional, and promote your own self-care skills.

Who can apply?
The MTHP Program is for registered nurses licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing.

For More Information
Please contact:
Karen Ellen Fink, Program Director
Email: finkk@ccf.org

Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.

Program Description

The program is a 100-hour course that includes 40 classroom hours, 25 hours of independent study and 35 hours of clinical experiences. This course will prepare the learner to assess medical, pharmacological and laboratory data, as well as social and family history. The learner will analyze this data to form a holistic plan of care using both manual and energetic modalities to treat the hospitalized or medically frail patient. The learner will develop an evaluation style to modify further treatments. During this course the learner will complete topic modules that include case studies, multiple choice tests, discussion labs, role-playing and presentations. The learner will participate in one-on-one supervisory clinics that include hands-on experience with patients, charting and interaction with medical, nursing and ancillary staff, and interaction with families of the patients. There will be a self-care and research component. The opportunities for self-growth will be promoted through support group meetings with peers and the course instructor. The focus of care will be holistic and include learning to not only promote the physical comfort of patients/clients, but also provide emotional, mental and spiritual support.

All program classes are held at the Cleveland Clinic main campus located at 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195, in the Sydell and Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute building.

Students completing the program will graduate with a Certificate of Completion.

Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Healing Services Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient Program is to develop highly trained and educated manual therapy nurses capable of providing the best practices of holistic and relationship-based hands-on care to promote healing, relaxation and symptom relief to patients, families and fellow staff. Research, evidenced-based practice and holistic nursing theory are integral to this course.

Program Goals
At the completion of the program, the licensed registered nurse (RN) will:

  1. have experience in treating the inpatient population’s pain, stress and symptoms related to medical conditions, procedures and treatments in a plan of care that honors their mind, body and spirit
  2. be proficient in assessing the individual’s medical condition from the inpatient record, medication administration record and laboratory data
  3. be proficient at identifying contraindications and precautions to manual therapy (regional or systemic) and will defer or modify treatment accordingly
  4. triage the individual into appropriate treatment groups and will institute the appropriate modifications in pressure, site and positioning
  5. maintain the EPIC record using the Cleveland Clinic Healing Services Assessment and Manual Therapy templates using appropriate medical terminology, abbreviations and documentation in a timely manner
  6. collaborate with the healthcare team (RN, resident, patient care nursing assistant) to coordinate the inpatient’s manual therapy experience by:
    a. receiving report regarding the condition of the patient
    b. procuring an order from the medical team
    c. post-therapy report to the immediate care team - RN, PCNA
  7. be proficient at delineating post-therapy instructions to the patient, patient’s family and the patient care team to provide for post-session safety
  8. apply The Caring Model (Watson) and the Modeling-Role Modeling Theory (Erickson) during the assessments and interventions
  9. act in his/her scope of practice outlined in the Ohio Revised Code overseen by the Ohio Board of Nursing
Technical Standards

All students applying for the MTHP Program must demonstrate the technical abilities and skills listed below. Accommodation can be made on a reasonable basis for individuals with documented disabilities, and they will be considered. All students should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner so as not to compromise the integrity of the MTHP Program or the profession of manual therapists. All students must meet these minimum standards with or without reasonable accommodation.

The Cleveland Clinic MTHP Program commits to providing for the needs of admitted and enrolled students who are qualified individuals with a disability under Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) by providing reasonable accommodations to such students. Reasonable accommodations will be made to students on a case-by-case basis. It is the responsibility of the student to review the technical standards for this program and to make their needs known.

The Cleveland Clinic MTHP Program has established technical standards for the program that outline the physical, cognitive, emotional and social requirements necessary to participate fully in all aspects of academic and clinical education. A student’s ability to meet the standards is a prerequisite for admission and continuation in the program. Applicants and enrolled students must be able to meet all the standards with or without reasonable accommodations.

Reasonable accommodations may not:

  1. fundamentally alter the nature of the training program
  2. compromise the essential elements of the program
  3. cause any undue financial or administrative burden
  4. endanger the safety of the patients, self or others.

A. Visual (observation): Students must be able to demonstrate sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills in all areas of this program, didactics, labs and clinical work. It is necessary for the students to have adequate visual capabilities for proper evaluation and treatment skills.

  1. Examples of the required visual skills include but are not limited to the following:
    i. adequate observation of a patient (near and at a distance, recognizing non-verbal cues)
    ii. accurate visualization and discrimination of all reading materials, presentations, lab skills and chart data
    iii. accurate identification in assessment changes

B. Oral-Auditory (Communication): Students must be able to demonstrate that they can communicate effectively and objectively in both the academic and clinic settings. The students must show evidence of effective written and verbal English communication skills. Communication includes not only speech, but also reading and writing. Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients of all ages and genders, with varying degrees and types of medical issues, cultures, ethnicities and personalities. Students must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with other members of the healthcare team. In emergency situations, students must be able to understand and convey information essential for the safe and effective care of patients in a clear, unambiguous and rapid fashion. In addition, students must have the ability to relate information to and receive information from patients in a caring, articulate and confidential manner.

  1. Examples of the required oral-auditory skills include but are not limited to:
    i. clear, efficient and intelligible articulation of verbal English language
    ii. legible, efficient and intelligible written English language
    iii. accurate and efficient English language reading skills
    iv. accurate and efficient expressive and receptive communication skills
    v. ability to prepare and communicate concise oral and written summaries of patient encounters
    vi. ability to accurately follow oral and written directions
    vii. ability to accurately discern and evaluate various components of the spoken voice (pitch, intensity, timbre)

C. Motor: The students should possess enough physical stamina to sufficiently complete the course of didactic and clinical experiences as required. Students need to possess coordination of both gross and fine motor skills, equilibrium and integrated use of the senses of touch and visions.

  1. Examples of the required motor skills include but are not limited to the following:
    i. functional and sufficient sensory capability to adequately perform the techniques of manual therapies
    ii. physical stamina sufficient to complete long periods of sitting, standing, lifting or moving are required in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings

D. Cognitive (Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities): To effectively problem-solve in the clinical setting and based upon the critical thinking skills required of the MTHP student, students must be able to demonstrate cognitive skills including but not limited to intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities.

  1. Examples of the required cognitive skills include but are not limited to:
    i. ability to use the holistic nursing process - assess, analyze, integrate, formulate a plan of care, evaluate care and reassess.
    ii. ability to acquire, retain and apply new and learned information.

E. Behavioral and Social: Students must possess emotional health and stability so they can exercise good judgment, promptly complete all responsibilities and develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, families, staff, classmates, professional colleagues and the community.

  1. Examples of the required behavioral and social skills include but are not limited to:
    i. ability to function effectively under stress
    ii. ability to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, compassion, integrity, motivation, interpersonal skills, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical issues and healing crisis of patients, families, staff, classmates, professional colleagues and the community
How To Apply

Eligible Applicants/Admission Requirements
Any registered nurse (RN) in the state of Ohio who has obtained and maintained a current Ohio Registered Nursing License and has achieved one year of full-time nursing experience can apply. Other admission criteria related to personal and educational readiness for this experience will be assessed.

Application Deadline
Classes** (Maximum class size is 7 learners.)

March 2016
*All applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2016.

September 2016
*All applications must be received by Aug. 1, 2016.

**NOTE:      There must be at least 4 qualified applicants registered to conduct the class.

Tuition and Fees
Application Fee

  • $10 (nonrefundable)

Non-Cleveland Clinic Employees

  • $1,500

Cleveland Clinic Employees

  • $800 (Payment plans are available.)

NOTE:    $40 deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance (Note: If a third party is paying the fee, we require a letter from the applicant to that effect).

Tuition Refunds

  • 100 percent of the course fee (minus the application fee) is reimbursable if the student withdraws before the course begins or in documented medical emergency cases.
  • 50 percent of the course fee is reimbursable if the student withdraws from the course up to the beginning of the second week. 
  • 25 percent of the course fee is reimbursable for withdrawal during the second week. 

No reimbursement will be made for withdrawal after the second week or for failure to receive credit for the course.

Admissions Handbook
Download Admissions Handbook.

Application Form
Download the MTHP Program Application Information.

Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
Faculty and Staff

Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient Program Director/Instructor
Karen Ellen Fink, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, LMT
finkk@ccf.org

Instructor, Library Sciences Research and Evidence-based Module
Kimberly Brady, MSI, AHIP

Director of Spiritual Care and Healing Services
Reverend Amy Greene, DMin

Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Robert McGeeney, DMin

Manager of Healing Services
Barb Johnson, RN, HN-BC

Administrative Assistant – Spiritual Care and Healing Services
Jackie Tinsley

Preceptors
To be announced

Continuing Nursing Education

The following education modules and nursing contact hours are included in the 100 hour Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient Program.

Title Description
Nursing Contact
Hours - CE's
Safely Applying the Manual Therapies Various manual therapy techniques for patients with various medical conditions; includes didactic, laboratory practice, kinesthetic exercises and practical applications. 2.16
Nursing Scope of Practice and Ethics for the Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient Application of nursing scope of practice and ethics as defined by the Ohio Board of Nurses and the American Holistic Association. This will be the foundation of practice. 2.75
Medications and Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient The synergistic effect of patient medication and the manual therapy techniques performed. 3.83
Laboratory Data and the Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient The synergistic effect of patient laboratory results and the manual therapy techniques performed. 3.66
Medical Devices and Medical Procedures and Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient The synergistic effect of medical devices and procedures and the manual therapy techniques performed. 1.83
Holistic Nursing Theories that Enhance The Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient Nursing theories relating to holistic care as a foundation of manual therapy practice. 4.00
Evidenced Based/Research The use of evidenced based practice in manual therapies and holistic care. 3.33
Boundaries of Touch Applying boundaries of touch principles in manual therapy practice. 1.33
The Body Speaks What the Mind and Spirit Cannot/Energy Medicine – See the Body Speaks Comprehending the mind – body and psychoneuroimmunology aspects in holistic manual therapy practice. 1.33

Cleveland Clinic enterprise is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s commission on accreditation.

  1. Safely Applying the Manual Therapies (2.5 hours)
  2. Nursing Scope of Practice and Ethics for the Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient (3.0 hours)
  3. Medications and Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient (4 hours)
  4. Laboratory Data and the Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient (4 hours)
  5. Medical Devices and Medical Procedures and Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient (2 hours)
  6. Holistic Nursing Theories that Enhance The Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient (4 hours)
  7. Evidenced Based/Research (3.5 hours)
  8. Boundaries of Touch (1.5 hours)
  9. The Body Speaks What the Mind and Spirit Cannot/Energy Medicine – See the Body Speaks (1.5 hours)

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:
Amy Greene
Director of Spiritual Care
Phone: 216.444.2518
Email: greenea3@ccf.org

The Institutional Advancement Office
Phone: 216.444.1245

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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.


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