Published on January 19, 2015

Jessica Margrave Schirm Named Chaplain at Pella Regional

Chaplain Jessica Margrave SchirmPELLA, Iowa— Rev. Jessica Margrave Schirm, MDiv, has accepted the role of Spiritual Services Coordinator at Pella Regional Health Center. In this role, she will offer spiritual support and care during times of medical and personal crises to persons of all faiths, without discrimination.

Prior to joining Pella Regional, Schirm worked as a church pastor with the United Church of Christ and as a chaplain with Hospice of the Bluegrass, utilizing her pastoral care skills to provide holistic spiritual care to parishioners at all levels of congregational life, and to patients and their families in the hospice and hospital setting.

Schirm is an ordained minister and a graduate of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University with extensive parish, hospice and hospital chaplaincy experience. She also has training in Clinical Pastoral Education.

“I believe that compassion, open-mindedness, integrity, encouragement, and insightfulness are important characteristics to bring to this role,” said Schirm. “I look forward to meeting the spiritual care needs of Pella Regional’s community during moments of joy and crisis.”

At Pella Regional, the Chaplain offers spiritual support, care, and counsel to assist patients with a variety of spiritual issues related to illness and hospitalization:

• Drawing on religious faith to cope with illness and the stresses it brings.
• Providing sacraments and religious rites, rituals, and practices that provide spiritual strength in crises as well as everyday living.
• Prayer and reading the Scripture and providing other resources for meditation.
• Counseling for the emotional and spiritual distresses of illness and for the strain they add to relationships.
• Supporting those who are dying or facing death.
• Being a bridge to the patient’s religious community, congregation clergy, or spiritual leader.