The BCH Spiritual Care Team brought tea, snacks and comfort recently to
the respiratory therapists at Foothills Hospital as part of their 'Tea
for the Soul' program.
Every month the chaplains invite staff and caregivers from different hospital
departments to take a break for an hour for their 'Tea for the Soul'
program where they sit down, drink tea and talk together about coping
strategies and resiliency.
"We see a lot from the emergency room and patients at end-of-life
and this is so nice because as chaplains they give you a chance to talk
and debrief about some of these experiences," said Jennifer Phillips,
a respiratory therapist at Foothills Hospital who attended a recent tea.
Hospital chaplains usually work with patients facing end-of-life care and
their families. But the men and women who make up the spiritual care and
palliative care team at BCH also wanted to provide support to hospital
caregivers and staff.
"It's just a chance to nurture them," said Courtney Gambrell,
an assistant chaplain at BCH. "The recognition is really important
whether it's the food services department or the environment services
department that help clean the rooms," she said. "Everyone provides
a valuable service to the hospital."
"It's fantastic," said Marie Arneson, a respiratory therapist
at Foothills Hospital. "It feels like they're acknowledging the
staff and it's just a chance to unwind from the stress."
For the chaplains, participating in the program provides a deep connection
with the caregivers at BCH, giving their work deeper meaning.
"I love working at BCH," said chaplain Vincent Hayes," I
wouldn't want to work with any other team. I've never worked anywhere
that I've been so happy."
Photo: BCH Chaplains Courtney Gambrell and Vincent Hayes