Gifts at work: Chaplaincy Program

After recognizing the range of spiritual and emotional needs faced by her own patients in her family practice, Dr. Su C. Kenderdine, an emeritus Paoli Hospital physician, recently pledged $10,000 to support the hospital’s chaplaincy program.

Spiritual care professionals at Paoli Hospital provide religious, spiritual and emotional support to persons of any or no religious tradition. Some of the ways care is provided includes empathetic listening, crisis or brief pastoral counseling, guided meditation, spiritual resources such as religious texts, supportive care surrounding difficult decisions, prayer and sacramental support. Studies show talking with patients and families during difficult health crises and meeting their spiritual needs results in increased patient satisfaction with overall care.

Funding in support of this program will help to sustain the salary of a staff chaplain, who will coordinate visiting ministers and educate those who wish to enter the field.

The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament

The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary will host its Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Waynesborough Country Club. Enjoy a great day on the links, while supporting the state-of-the-art care Paoli Hospital delivers to our community. For tickets and information visit or send an email to [email protected].

Art therapist gets published

Donna Radl, PhD’s, research was published in Psycho-Oncology. The research, which was first made possible with funding from The Marshall-Reynolds Foundation, is entitled “The effects of Self-Book© art therapy on cancer-related distress in female cancer patients during active treatment: A randomized controlled trial”. The full article can be found online at

Volunteers recognized with luncheon

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was held earlier this month at Waynesborough Country Club to recognize the hospital’s 438 volunteers and their 46,939 hours of service.

Services provided include:

  • Volunteers fitted 75 cancer patients with wigs.
  • Volunteers assisted with over 8,020 patient transports and cleaning the equipment they used.
  • Over 1,200 baby hats were knitted, 275 heart pillows sewn and stuffed and 125 fleece blankets tied.
  • Volunteers at the surgery desk assisted with roughly 6,500 patients during the surgery registration process (IR and cath lab too) and communicated with their families.
  • Volunteers filled the flu stations 126 times.
  • A volunteer waters the hospitals plants throughout the year.
  • Volunteers have served macaroni and cheese totaling 143 hours.
  • Pet therapy teams serviced our staff, patients and their families with 348 hours of pet visitation.

There are so many ways volunteers contribute from staffing the information desk, cafeteria, materials management, Holloway Breast Health Center, lab, radiology, ambulatory surgical unit, medical short procedure, post-anesthesia care unit, Patient Access Cancer Center, Gift Shop, emergency room, pastoral care, and food and nutrition, as well as serving as patient ambassadors on the nursing floors, working as caring clowns, and more!

See our volunteers at work (Google Photos)

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