To engage the depth of the human condition through a diverse and creative program of pastoral service, education, and research.
About the Site:
Each student is assigned to a floor(s) of the hospital, and works with a chaplain resident. They are responsible for the pastoral care of their assigned areas as well as responding to referrals for the patients, family, and staff on those units. Students work closely with an interdisciplinary team of social workers, physicians, nurses, and nurse techs to meet the needs of patients and families.
All students will need to have a tuberculosis test and flu shot. They are required to bring the results of their T.B. test, along with proof of their flu shot to the August site orientation. Students will not be allowed to begin site work until these documents have been given to the site supervisor.
Hour requirements may only be completed during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
Students who select The Emory University Hospital System will be placed in one of the five hospital sites listed below at orientation.
1. Emory University Hospital-Clifton
EUH Clifton is a 587-bed facility specializing in the care of the acutely ill adult. The hospital is located on the Emory University campus in northeast Atlanta. More than 24,000 inpatients and 80,000 outpatients come to Emory University Hospital each year. They receive care from physicians of The Emory Clinic, who also are faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine, and from a highly trained staff of nurses and other clinical professionals. Our hospital provides a full range of specialized care. We are recognized as one of the nation's leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and transplantation. Emory University Hospital has been included in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" for several years as one of the nation's top 10 cardiology centers. Emory University Hospital is also one of the region's most comprehensive multiple organ and tissue transplant centers.
2. Emory University Hospital-Midtown
EUH Midtown is a 511-bed community-based, acute care teaching facility and full-service hospital located in Midtown Atlanta. A part of Emory Healthcare, the hospital offers a full range of services, which include general medicine, maternal and infant care, orthopedics and surgery. Emory University Hospital Midtown is staffed by 600 Emory medical faculty and 800 community physicians. More than 23,205 inpatients and 143,961 outpatients come to Emory University Hospital Midtown each year. Patients receive care from community-based physicians, physicians of The Emory Clinic and from a highly-trained staff of nurses and other clinical professionals. Medical services include 56 intensive care beds, a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and four hyperbaric oxygen units. This full-service hospital is well known for services in cancer, cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine. Women's services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography, and obstetrics, with a specialization in high-risk pregnancy.
3. Wesley Woods Center
Wesley Woods Center, founded in 1954 by the United Methodist Church, provides a continuum of care for the geriatric community. It is the only free-standing geriatric hospital in the country and is a teaching school for Emory Medical School in Geriatrics. The Wesley Woods campus offers several living and treatment centers with distinct ministry opportunities. These areas include a 100-bed geriatric hospital and a psychology and neuropsychology unit. There is also a 200-resident independent living facility, and two 200-bed nursing homes located on the campus. The hospital sees 15,000–20,000 patients a year. The average age of a patient in the geriatric hospital is 86, and there are a high percentage of patients with Alzheimer's and dementia being cared for throughout the Wesley Woods community. Parking can be tight at Wesley Woods and students are encouraged to take the A Shuttle from Emory to Wesley Woods.
4. Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1882, Saint Joseph’s facility is Atlanta’s oldest hospital, with a commitment to the community deeply rooted in its history. Saint Joseph’s is a 410-bed, acute-care, specialty-referral facility. It is located just inside the Interstate 285 perimeter, next to the Medical Center Marta Station. As a leader in cardiac, neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, orthopaedic and cancer care, among others, Saint Joseph’s offers its patients the latest procedures and treatments by providing its medical staff, comprised of more than 750 physicians, with research services and the most advanced technology available. In addition to serving the metro-Atlanta area, patients come from all over Georgia and nearby states because of Saint Joseph's specialized services, excellent reputation and unique patient experience. St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services provides primary health care, education and social services to thousands of Atlanta’s underserved population each year through two free-standing healthcare clinics (Mercy Clinic Downtown on Decatur Street and Mercy Clinic North located in the Northeast Shopping Plaza on Buford Highway), as well as a mobile clinic and five vans at nearly 20 sites throughout metro Atlanta.
5. Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital
Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital is the only university-affiliated facility of its kind in the state of Georgia, focusing on the special needs of the orthopaedic patient population. Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital specializes in surgical procedures for athletes, active adults, senior citizens and weekend warriors. Located at 1455 Montreal Road in Tucker, Georgia, the hospital is located 5.7 miles from Emory campus. Students will need their own transportation, since it is not easily accessible through public transportation.
A Student's Perspective:
"Emory University Hospital - Clifton Rd is located on Emory’s campus and is approximately a five minute walk from Candler. I often walked to the hospital before and after classes. As a chaplain, I completed my visitations in two days every week, on Monday and Friday from 1-3pm. At the hospital, my responsibilities included visiting a set number of rooms (ten) to talk and/or pray with patients about their emotional, physical and spiritual health. Our job was not to proselytize to patients, but minister to their needs. Healthcare and faith are extremely interconnected, and working as a chaplain for eight months helped me to realize what needs my future parishioners may develop."
"This experience helped develop my skills needed as a pastor in a church. I learned how to talk with people during critical moments of their life when they are making crucial decisions about treatment choices and/or working through issues of death and dying. It also gave me the opportunity to become comfortable in a hospital setting. My site supervisor and a chaplain resident were always on duty and available if a situation arose that was beyond my ability."