Spiritual Care

Hoag’s Spiritual Care Department provides services that meet the spiritual needs of patients and their families, physicians, employees and the community at large. 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.

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Clinical Pastoral Education

Our CPE program is on hold until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact Zuly Rhoads at 949-764-1830.

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

Interns and Residents 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. The group participants often enter CPE secure in their beliefs and values. As they gain confidence within the context of a “safe enough environment,” they consider new ideas and try out new behaviors. Patients, their families, and hospital staff members become models for interns and residents to learn about their own openness, strengths and vulnerabilities as spiritual caregivers. In the context of the hospital setting interns have opportunity to reform or reaffirm their ideas about God, self, and others. In this environment, they learn new ways of providing ministry.

The end goal of the CPE program experience is to facilitate the intern’s/resident’s development of pastoral formation, reflection, and competence. CPE provides a context for this formation by having each intern and resident: 1) provide hospital ministry to patients, families and staff; 2) participate in group and individual supervision of ministry; and 3) participate in and reflect on offered topical modules. The curriculum is not a linear process in which transitions are clearly defined as in academic models of learning. Rather, it relies on the developmental and maturational processes that are unique to each intern and resident. All elements within the clinical setting help to facilitate the intern’s and resident’s education process. Hoag’s commitment is to their unique development and growth as a spiritual caregiver.

If you are interested in applying for either our Chaplain Internship or Chaplain Residential Programs please complete an ACPE Application and return it along with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee to:

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Attn: CPE, 307 Placentia, Suite 103, Newport Beach, CA 92663 or call 949-764-1830.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is fully accredited to offer Level-I and Level II CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Bereavement Support Groups

For the safety of the community, the bereavement support groups are being offered virtually. To register, please visit the community education class portal.

The Spiritual Care Department at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian offers the following Bereavement Program free of charge to the community. The program provides support, education, and guidance for people in our community throughout the grieving process during this very difficult time. For more information, please call 949-764-8358.

Facing Forward – Level 1 A general bereavement group for participants over the age of 18, offering support to those who have lost a loved one. Registration is required. For more information, please call 949-722-6237.


Religious Services

  • Sacramental Services: Communion, Baptism, marriages, blessings
  • Hospital-wide Holiday Worship: Christmas and Good Friday
  • Literature distribution/Other items: Bibles, books, pamphlets
  • Closed circuit television devotions and religious programs to patient rooms on Channel 12.


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 its 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, who retired in December 2006.

The members of the Spiritual 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, as well as the ECO Presbyterian Churches). Together, we have worked to ensure access to the highest quality physical and spiritual care.

Department Staff

  • Executive Director of Spiritual Care/ACPE Certified Educator
  • Administrative Specialist – Zuly Rhoads, BS
  • Chaplains Serving Newport Beach
    • Christie Shine, M.T.S.
    • John Roll, MDiv, BCC
    • Lisa McCullough, MDiv, BCC
    • CPE Chaplain Residents
  • Chaplains Serving Irvine
    • Joseph Choi, MDiv
    • Rob Rice, MDiv
    • Sondos Kholaki, MDiv, BCC
    • William Summerville, MDiv
  • Faith Community Nursing
    • Program Manager – Susan Johnson, RN-BC, MPH
    • Faith Community Nurse – Elsa Salgado, RN
    • Faith Community Nurse – Juliana Emina-Coney, RN, MASL
    • Faith Community Nurse – Eithne Keegan, RN, MSN, CNML
    • Faith Community Nurse – Myesha Chaney, RN, BSN, MA
    • Senior Administrative Assistant – Stephanie Sudduth
  • Visitation Committee – Hoag Auxiliary
  • Eucharistic Ministers – Volunteers from local Catholic Parishes
  • Jewish Volunteers – Chabad of Newport Beach

Faith Community Nursing

Established in 1987, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has supported an expansive Faith Community Nursing Program throughout Orange County. This spiritually-based wellness program is open to all faith traditions and is administered by the Faith Community Nurse (FCN). The purpose of the program is to support the mental, physical and spiritual health needs of those being served. Each FCN develops educational programs and interventions specific to the unique needs of their faith community as they seek a health affirming balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Visit us to learn more about Hoag’s Faith Community Nursing Program.

Education Programs

The Spiritual Care Department offers to the community workshops and seminar on topics related to ministry and medicine, supervised ministry with college and seminary students and support relationships with Hoag Health Ministry (Parish Nurse) Programs.