My name is Paul Goodenough. I am Critical Care Chaplain Fellow at John H Stroger Cook County Hospital. This pioneering partnership brings professional chaplaincy to a place that has hungered for it for a long time. Simply put, a critical care chaplain provides spiritual and emotional care to the sickest patients in the hospital. Of course, caring for those patients goes hand-in-hand (often literally) with caring for their families.
And then the Chaplain Fellow is also there to show extra concern and support for the staff of each critical care unit, so that they can continue doing their intensive healing work without burning out. Our dream is to grow this partnership, and meet the spiritual needs of people beyond the critical care units.