The Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine was founded in 2011 to advance the scientific theory and practice of compassionate care in medicine and promote effective communication skills in physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals at every level of training and practice.  It provides courses in the science of compassion in medicine, medical counseling skills, spiritualities of caring in medicine, the Pathos Project, and an introduction to hospice and palliative care.  It conducts research and consulting in these areas and collaborates with other local and national organizations with similar goals.


Wed Oct 5, 2016

Jaclyn Champagne Terranova: Healthcare Chaplaincy


Location: 322 Jordan Hall

Jaclyn Champagne Terranova is currently the Director of Pastoral Care at Sanctuary Holy Cross Long Term Care and Rehabilitation and was formerly Research Assistant with the Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine. She will talk about being a healthcare chaplain.

Jaclyn Champagne Terranova studied psychology and deaf studies at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. After her undergraduate studies, Jaclyn completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp in San Diego CA and later served as a professional advocate for women and children in situations of domestic violence through the Children's Hospital of Boston. Jaclyn pursued graduate studies through the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College where she earned a Masters of Pastoral Ministry. After graduate school, Jaclyn completed her professional training in hospital chaplaincy through the Clinical Pastoral Education program (CPE) at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. Jaclyn shifted her focus to hospice chaplaincy and served as the Spiritual Care Coordinator for Acera Care Hospice until she moved to South Bend, IN. After arriving in South Bend, Jaclyn accepted a position as a Research Assistant and Program Coordinator in the Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care at Notre Dame. Jaclyn is now the Director of Pastoral Care at Sanctuary Holy Cross Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend. Some of you may know Jaclyn as the only female resident of Keenan Hall, where she lives with her husband, Keenan's rector, Noel Terranova. …

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Alumnus opens Hesburgh Hospital in Ecuador

Author: Ann Kovar Miller

Hesburgh Hospital

This summer, business major-turned physician, Dr. David Gaus, helped to open Hesburgh Hospital on behalf of Andean Health & Development, a nonprofit aimed at providing quality and sustainable healthcare for rural poor in the Ecuador.

Through the inspiration of Fr. Hesburgh, Dr. Gaus attended medical school and determined to use his degree for good: by providing residents of rural Ecuador affordable, accessible medical care.

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