Upstate News

February 24, 2004
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

University Hospital appoints area’s first pediatric chaplain

The Rev. Louise Shepard has been named pediatric chaplain at University Hospital, making her the only chaplain dedicated to pediatric patients in the region. Shepard’s position was made possible through a one-year grant by the Children’s Miracle Network.

A clinically trained chaplain, Shepard is contributing to the healing process of young patients through bedside visits and staff consultations. She divides her time between assessing and integrating spiritual care with the Pediatric Service Line at University Hospital with her post at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, N.C., where she makes her permanent home.

Shepard earned a master’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in theology from St. Bernard’s in Rochester. She is an American Baptist ordained minister and completed her clinical pastoral education residency at Carolinas Medical Center. She is a clinical member with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

In addition to North Carolina, Shepard resides on Syracuse’s east side.

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