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    Hoag’s Pastoral Care Department provides services that meet the spiritual needs of patients and their families, physicians, employees and the community at large.
    Pastoral care programs and services include pastoral contact, conversation and care for patients and families. A ministry of visitation, prayer and spiritual exchange throughout the hospital and community.
    Clinical Pastoral Education

    Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is professional education for ministry.  The clinical method of education is an experientially based “action-reflection” methodology in which persons engage in ministry and critically reflect on that ministry in consultation with supervisor(s), peers, and other professional colleagues.  Each student is assigned to clinical areas with the responsibility to minister patients, the families of those patients, and the medical center staff.

    Students learn as members of a group, and the group is formed with an aim for diversity in gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, and religious tradition.  Students often enter CPE secure in their beliefs and values.  As they gain confidence within the context of a “sage enough environment,” students consider new ideas and try out new behaviors.  Patients are our greatest teachers.  They become models for students to study and learn about openness and vulnerability.  It is in the context of the clinical setting that students can rethink or reaffirm their ideas about God, self, and others.  They are able to learn new ways of providing ministry.  The end goal is increase competency as a pastoral care provider.

    The goal for the CPE student within the clinical setting is that supervision, the core curriculum, and the action-reflection approach to ministry will all facilitate the student’s development of pastoral formation, reflection, and competence.  The curriculum is not a linear process in which transitions are clearly defined as in pedagogical models of learning.  Rather, it relies on the historical, developmental and maturation processes that are unique in each student.  The elements within the clinical setting also facilitate the student’s education process.  Our commitment is to the student’s unique development and growth as a pastoral care giver.

    Hoag Hospital is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE).

    Bereavement Support Groups
    You may participate in the following support groups, which are made available to you, free of charge, by the Pastoral Care Department at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Please register for all classes by calling the Pastoral Care Department at 949-764-8358. These groups provide the emotional support that people need to get through their difficult times.
    Facing Forward
    This group meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 p.m., at 307 Placentia Avenue, Suite 105-B. It is a general bereavement group for participants over the age of 18, offering support to those who have lost a loved one facilitated by Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW. For more information, please call 949-764-8358. 
    Life Goes On
    This group meets at 307 Placentia Avenue, Suite 105-B, on Friday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m., when the group is in progress. Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW, facilitates this group. This is a time-limited group, meeting for 10 consecutive weeks. Regular attendance is required. 
    Growth Through Grief
    This group meets on Friday evenings from 5:00-6:30 p.m., at 307 Placentia Avenue, Suite 105-B. Marilyn Kaplan, LCSW, leads this group, as well. Attendance at Life Goes On or some other bereavement group is a prerequisite for this group. 
    Religious Services
    • Catholic Mass service: Every Saturday from 4:00-4:30 p.m. This service satisfies Sunday requirements and Holy Communion is offered. All are welcome.
    • Hospital-wide Holiday Worship: Christmas and Good Friday
    • Sacramental Services: Communion, Baptism, marriages, blessings
    • Literature distribution/Other items: Bibles, books, pamphlets
    • Closed circuit television devotions and religious programs to patient rooms on Channel 12.
    Educational Programs
    The Pastoral Care Department offers workshops and seminars on topics related to ministry and medicine, supervises ministry with college and seminary students and supports relationships with Hoag Health Ministry (Parish Nurse) programs.
    Community Outreach (Chaplains)
    Orange County Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis
    Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council
    Partnership with the Presbyterian churches of Orange County began in 1945 with the fund raising efforts of the Rev. Raymond I. Brahams of the Community Presbyterian Church of Laguna Beach, the Rev. O. Scott McFarland of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana, other local churches, civic groups, and matching support from the Hoag Family Foundation. Land was purchased overlooking Newport Harbor and a 75 bed hospital was built, receiving it’s first patient on September 15, 1952. 

    In 1965, Rev. Edward G. Reitz became Hoag’s first chaplain. Five years later the Rev. Wm. Robert Parry succeeded him and expanded services to include a second protestant chaplain, the Rev. Lloyd Sellers, and a Roman Catholic priest. Under the Rev. Parry’s direction, a health ministries/parish nurse program was started. Later the program became a part of Hoag Community Medicine. Following the Rev. Parry’s retirement, the Rev. Dr. Donald Oliver was hired as director in 1992 and Father Joseph Rich joined the staff a few years later and retired in December 2006.
    The members of the Pastoral Care staff have enjoyed a very special relationship with Hoag’s founding organization, the Association of Presbyterian Members (made up of two appointees from each congregation in Los Ranchos Presbytery). Together, we have worked to ensure access to the highest quality physical and spiritual care.
    Department Staff
    Director - Rev. Donald B. Oliver, Ph.D.
    CPE Supervisor - Fred L. Smoot, Ph.D.
    Lead Chaplain - Rev. Gerald Arata, M.Div.
    Administrative Assistant - Maxine Tzur
    Visitation Committee - Hoag Auxiliary
    Eucharistic Ministers - Volunteers from local Catholic parishes
    Jewish Volunteers - Chabad of Newport Beach