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Virginia Mason Memorial Chaplain in Yakima, Washington

All staff members at Yakima Valley Memorial must be in compliance with the Vaccination Policy, which includes the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine, by their first day of employment.

ROLE SUMMARY The Chaplain is responsible for the development of spiritual care to patients and their families, demonstrating competency in spiritual support and pastoral counseling with an emphasis on removing fear and promoting peace. The position has functional relationships with all service areas, including but not limited to Hospice, Acute Care, and Physician Services. Provide direct services to patients/families to offer emotional and spiritual support through pastoral skills and counseling to the patient/family at their point of spiritual need. Develop and implement a spiritual care plan incorporating cultural, ethnic, religious, and specific needs of the patient/family. Enhance the patient’s and family’s capacity to cope with life-threatening illness and facilitate resolving of conflicts and provide teaching regarding spiritual matters, death/dying; loss/grief issues. Document pertinent observations and intervention in complete, concise, accurate, legible form as timely as possible, and contribute to creating, modifying, and implementing a care plan. Assist patients to receive sacraments from his/her church/faith group as well as make referrals to other clergy as requested. Provide anticipatory grief counseling to patient/family and bereavement follow-up as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS Education: High School diploma or GED equivalent required. Master’s degree in Theology, Divinity, Religious Studies, Pastoral Ministry or equivalent preferred.

Experience: One year of experience in pastoring and counseling families in grief preferred.

Licenses/Certificates/Registration: 1. Membership or eligibility for membership in the Association of Professional Chaplains. 2. American Heart Association BLS required. 3. Valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance required (if working in Home Health Services).

Additional requirements: Cell phone for use during working hours, car for travel to and from home visits during shift if applicable.


Yakima Valley Memorial (YVM) is a 256-bed acute-care, not-for-profit community hospital that has served Central Washington's Yakima Valley for 70 years. YVM also includes a multispecialty team of more than 300 physicians and 20+ primary care and specialty care locations. Specialty care services include cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs.

We offer a comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental, and vision coverage; plus we have a generous 401K plan (with an employer contribution!), competitive compensation, and a diverse workforce that is passionate about patient care. At YVM, we know the best care is provided by employees who are well-supported.

As the region's leading health care provider and Yakima's largest employer, we believe that by inspiring people to thrive, we can transform lives. Our vision at YVM is creating healthy communities one person at a time. With such an important goal, we work together to demonstrate our values of Respect, Accountability, Teamwork, Stewardship, and Innovation for everyone who walks through our doors, patients and coworkers alike. We would love to hear from you!

“Yakima Valley Memorial provides reasonable accommodations to assist qualified individuals in order to perform the essential duties/requirements their job requires. The description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements and serves as merely a summary rather than a complete listing of duties. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions may change as needs evolve. This job description does not constitute a contract as employment is at will.”