In this episode of Courageous Paths of Hope and Healing, George West shares about his formation journey and his time as a monk, lawyer, chaplain, and mission leader. He connects his story with that of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and explores how the history of the “walking nuns” relates to the courage of our current-day caregivers serving in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Words of encouragement about the adaptability and agility of the sisters – and how our health care ministry embraces a culture of resilience, innovation, and agility – reminds us that this work is more than a job; it is a calling that takes faith and courage.
George joined St. John’s as a chaplain in 1998 advancing to role of Director of Spiritual Care at St. John’s Hospitals in 2005. He worked to improve the quality of spiritual care and innovate its delivery. He became a certified Compassion Fatigue & Resilience Educator through the Figley Institute (Tulane University) and achieved certification in Crisis Spiritual Care by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, linking caregiver fatigue with moral distress. George was called to become St. John’s Vice President of Mission Integration in 2009 and Service Area Vice President of Mission Integration in 2016. He is now the Division Vice President of Mission Integration, California Central Coast. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees—Philosophy & Theology, an M.A. in Philosophy from the Claremont Graduate University, and a J.D. from Whittier College School of Law. His teams have received local, system and national recognition. In addition to his Division responsibilities, he currently represents Dignity Health in the statewide Whole Person Care Initiative and serves as 24/7 Bioethicist for St. John’s. He has presented nationally on topics in Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, Bioethics & Axiology.
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