Thursday, July 24, 2008
At Ranken Jordan, patients experience a unique environment designed for the healing of the mind, body and spirit. Recently, Ranken Jordan began providing spiritual care services to patients and their families of all faiths, welcoming the Rev. Harold Morse as spiritual care director.
“When a child is sick or hurt, the entire family copes with many physical, mental and emotional challenges,” said president and CEO Lauri Tanner. “Our spiritual care program is designed to provide families with the support they need to not only cope with these challenges but to work through them to become stronger and better equipped to manage.”
Through the spiritual care program, Morse helps patients and their families find a balance in their mental, physical and spiritual needs. He also provides crisis intervention, death and bereavement counseling, funeral and memorial services, lifecycle ceremonies--and delivers sacraments if requested. Morse liaises with clergy throughout the St. Louis region.
“We’re pleased to welcome the Rev. Morse to the Ranken Jordan family,” Tanner said. “With more than 30 years of experience as a pediatric chaplain, he will be a wonderful complement to our existing patient and family resources.”
Morse previously served as chaplain coordinator at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he pioneered the hospital’s chaplaincy and became the first full-time chaplain in 1979.
Morse earned a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan and Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., and was subsequently appointed to the St. Luke’s/Paint Creek United Methodist Churches in Rochester, Mich. Prior to joining St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Morse completed his clinical pastoral education residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
He is an ordained deacon and elder in the United Methodist Church – Detroit Conference, endorsed by the United Methodist Church for extension ministry and a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. In addition, he is a member of the Pediatric Chaplains Network and the Association of Professional Chaplains.