Keith Morrison, Grinnell Regional Medical Center chaplain, completed an intensive Clinical Pastoral Education course that will expand the depth of the spiritual wellness program at GRMC.
The 15-week course taught participants ways to structure spiritual services within a hospital setting. Spiritual care can be a vital component of the care of patients and their families. The course include training in crisis, breaking bad news, grief, behavioral health, understanding conflict, diversity, love languages, and hospice, and caring for pediatric patients.
Morrison, as part of the class, provided on-call chaplaincy services to Iowa Methodist patients for 24 hours each month during the five-month program. In this role he responded to traumas, deaths, and any other call for a chaplain.
As the GRMC chaplain, Morrison splits his time between Grinnell Regional Hospice and inpatients at GRMC. Morrison will use this training to further expand the spiritual care services at GRMC to help create pastoral plans for patients. GRMC also uses volunteer chaplains from various faith institutions in Grinnell who rotated through an on-call schedule so patients have 24 hour access to pastoral care.
For more information on the Spiritual Care services at GRMC, call 641-236-2418.