Centura Health

Centura Health
Durango Colorado

Located in the scenic, historic and charming Southwest Colorado town of Durango, Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is a full-service, acute care hospital with Level III Trauma designation. Recognized by Healthgrades (a leading, independent health care ratings company) with awards for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence, as well as an “A” Hospital Safety rating  from The LeapFrog Group,  Mercy Regional Medical Center blends state-of-the-art technology  with a serene and comfortable environment to promote well-being and healing.  Specialty services include emergency care, surgical care, cardiac care, an Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence and a Family Birthing Center equipped with every amenity and a dedicated surgical suite.  Durango residents experience an exceptional quality life with world-class outdoor recreation including snow sports, river sports, hiking, biking and more. Learn more about us at:

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 121810

Recruiter Contact: Alison Williams -

Clinic/Department: 8748 MRMC MISSION SERVICES 


Schedule: Part Time

Shift: Variable

Position Summary

Collaborates with the Spiritual Care team to provide pastoral care services to patients and their family members. Responds to urgent situations, including but not limited to medical emergencies (Code Blue) or death(s) at the request of administrative coordinators, nurses, family, etc. Assumes personal accountability for organizational mission and core values.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Master’s of Divinity or equivalent degree from accredited seminary

  • Affiliation and active involvement with a recognized Christian denomination.

  • 2 Units (quarters) of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), preferred

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Two years in direct pastoral ministry, with demonstrated effectiveness

  • Ministry in an acute/healthcare setting, preferred



Board Certified by National Association for Catholic Chaplains or the Association of Professional Chaplains or the willingness, ability and a plan to obtain certification within 3 years.

Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )


  • Demonstrates the values of Christian faith in personal life and ministry.*

  • Able to incorporate Centura’s Mission and Ministry and its core values of Integrity, Spirituality, Imagination, Excellence, Respect, and Compassion at all times.*

  • Understands and exemplifies the value of prayer.*

  • Demonstrates good organizational, self-management, and relationship building skills.*

  • Understands ministry to people who are ill, in crisis and those who are dying, and those in their immediate circle of support; ministers effectively to such people.*

  • Demonstrates ability to relate positively to people from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, and with people in the full range of age groups.*

  • Has good physical and emotional health in order to cope with a complex environment, irregular hours, and expected periods of intense ministry.*

  • Has personal resources and ability to remain individually functional while responding to the needs of people in crisis.*

  • Provides on-call services for nights, weekends, holidays or other times requested by the director.*


  • Assesses the spiritual needs of patients to assist the healing process as part of a holistic team – ability to conduct a multi-faceted assessment of patient.*

  • Provides focused attention to patients, loved ones and staff without agenda, i.e. effectively listens and responds to patients, loved ones and staff.*

  • Conveys to patient, family and staff personalized care (“we care for you”).*

  • Is able to enable an experience of God’s nearness, safety and comfort.*

  • Assists patients, loved ones and staff in articulating their struggles as well as their inner resources of strength, meaning, faith and hope i.e. ability to explore options and help patient identify and manage next step on journey.*

  • Assists patient and loved ones with major health decisions. Helps clarify moral, medical/ethical issues.*

  • Enables patients, loved ones, and staff to seek their spiritual center and uses religious/cultural appropriate resources.*

  • Consistency of care. Regular patient loved one and staff visitation. Makes rounds and/or checks in with Clinical staff regularly in assigned areas.*

  • Appropriately responds to all Cor-Zero and other emergencies, verifying patient identity, notifying family, coordinating with staff, family and legal authorities.*

  • Retains personal and professional perspective, faith, and compassion under extreme emotional stress.*

  • Documents/charts and completes all paperwork with pastoral activities and in compliance with hospital, state and federal regulations.*

  • Provides information on Advanced Medical Directives.*

  • Promotes and develops the coordination of care - Ability to participate in interdisciplinary conferences, contributing significant data for comprehensive and holistic care/treatment plan.*

  • Develops expertise in needs and strengths of patients, loved ones, and staff within assigned units.*

  • Ability to facilitate professional meetings, and interdisciplinary conferences.*

  • Ability to negotiate solutions among diverse viewpoints.*

  • Ability to network with community clergy and congregations, providing a continuum of spiritual/pastoral care across settings.*

  • Ability to interface with community and staff re: holistic care.*

  • Leads, conducts worship services as assigned or needed within assigned clinical areas and hospital.*

  • Ability for systems-thinking and management (facilitating relationships, building partnerships, networking constituencies) for more comprehensive, personalized, holistic outcomes for patients and for staff.*


  • Staff Education regarding spiritual assessment, when and how to refer, spiritual needs of specific patient population and other information needed within assigned areas.*

  • Patient Education regarding spiritual issues, hope, dying, grief, stress, care giving, role of prayer, etc.*

  • Mentors chaplain Interns/residents as assigned.*


  • Trained as an Organ and Tissue Requestor and effectively works as a designated Requestor.

  • Collaboratively works with Pastoral Services/Mission and Ministry staff.*

  • Serves on task forces, projects, and/or committees as assigned, including Quality Improvement initiatives.*

  • Familiar with and able to articulate the ethical and religious directives for Catholic health care.

  • Maintains high level of skills through continuing education.*

Physical Requirements

  • Sedentary Work - prolonged periods of sitting and exert/lift up to 10 lbs. force occasionally)

Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 


Basic Qualifications