Patrick is 1 in 14k

Last Modified: 7/28/2022

Anyone who has worked in, visited or been treated in a health care setting, knows that it takes a lot of people to make these facilities run smoothly. From the well-kept grounds and buildings, to the compassionate voice on the other end of the line when you call, there are more than 14,000 individuals serving the community through their positions at Parkview Health.

Each role has a hand in keeping the wheels turning and providing exceptional service. Some of these positions are obvious – the nurses, techs and physicians. While others share their talents behind the scenes, like our schedulers, billing and marketing teams. It takes everyone. It is each of the 14,000 men and women, collectively, who make Parkview a place of hope and healing.

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Meet Patrick

After starting his career in the church setting, Patrick Riecke, director, Dignity and Spiritual Care, joined Parkview Health in 2013 as an on-call chaplain for Parkview Hospital Randallia. His primary role at that time was to assist families navigating the loss of a loved one. “It was such a privilege to be part of the team helping families during that challenging time.”

Patrick shared that so much of what the Chaplaincy team is known for is having difficult conversations during difficult moments in people’s lives. “We respond to deaths, but we also help in many other ways,” he said. “That might look like anything from a patient who wants prayer to helping track an unidentified patient by making connections and speaking with their family.”

Our hospital chaplains play an important part in the patient care journey. “We help tell their story by making accurate documentation that serves the patient. We offer religious resources, but we also have a lot of involvement with the care team and take every opportunity to help the patients, their families and our co-workers.”

You can read more about a typical day for a Parkview chaplain here.

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