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Lombard resident hired as GlenOaks Hospital chaplain

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Lombard resident Shari Chamberlain (photo attached) is the new pastoral care manager at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Although she most recently worked at a hospital in Maryland. Chamberlain is no stranger to the Chicago suburbs. Twenty-four years ago she was on staff at the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Glendale Heights – As the new pastoral care manager for Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Shari Chamberlain brings more than 30 years of experience in providing pastoral care to those who are hurting and in need.

 

She comes to the job from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., where she spent a year filling in for a professor on sabbatical as a personal health and wellness instructor. Prior to that she worked in various pastoral care positions at healthcare facilities across the United States.

 

Chamberlain completed her residency in mental health at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and one of her competencies is in working with behavioral health patients. It’s rewarding, she said, to see the hope and joy of this patient population when she reassures them that God loves them.

 

“I enjoy working with all classes of patients equally, but have discovered that especially in behavioral health, spirituality is crucial in making a difference to people who are frustrated or depressed,” Chamberlain said. “I focus on the whole person and the concept that God heals our body, mind and spirit.”

 

Chamberlain’s credentials back up her experience. She is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She also is endorsed by the Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries. She has worked in many areas including the intensive care unit, cardiac intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department, pediatrics and behavioral health. Chamberlain has two master’s degrees: one in pastoral ministry and one in public health/health education.

 

Along with her experience in ministering to those who are ill or in crisis, Chamberlain has extensive experience with developing and implementing pastoral care discussion groups, collaborating on interdisciplinary teams and providing classes in compassionate presence and spiritual discipline.

 

Chamberlain is also a program developer that has recruited, trained and oversaw lay chaplains for hospital ministry. Her additional strengths include working within cultural and religious diversity and the greater community where a hospital is located.

 

She looks forward to building and strengthening ties between Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and the community it serves. Chamberlain is especially thrilled to work in the Chicago suburbs. From 1980 to 1986, Chamberlain was an associate in pastoral care for the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Chaplain Shari Chamberlain as the pastoral care manager at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital,” said John Rapp, regional vice president, Adventist Midwest Health. “I thank God for His leading in this crucial leadership role, for the benefit of all our patients, physicians and staff.”

 

Chamberlain replaces DeLora Hagen, who retired after 12 years at Adventist Midwest Health.

 

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.