The purpose of the Mission Integration team at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is to facilitate awareness of the ministry as a sacred work of healing dedicated to holistic care of body, mind and spirit.
The Mission Integration team helps to fulfill a soul-purpose, the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) mission to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research, as fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mission
- Professional Spiritual Care – We offer a listening presence and provide support to patients, families and staff. This care embraces the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of every person we serve. As part of the interdisciplinary team, we visit every unit and setting, assess and address spiritual needs, offer personal and communal prayer, and facilitate reflection on God’s grace in the midst of pain and sorrow, joy and uncertainty.
- Faith-Community Partnerships – We provide linkage for patients and families to their own ministers and worshipping communities. We seek to relate with religious leaders of all faiths, to build partnerships, provide training for pastoral visitors and build collaboration on spiritual care, interfaith worship, ethics, and social justice in healthy community systems.
- Workplace Spirituality – We will engage in an exciting new program called Sacred Vocation, in which coworkers will join together to look beyond “making a living” to value our work as holy work in which we are called to share our gifts as healers. Through this and other opportunities we will facilitate stronger faith and love connections. We also plan and lead activities and events to celebrate the significant moments in history and special holidays, feasts and moments in time as we journey together as people of faith.
- Ethics – Our charge is to build understanding and practice of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs), the Church’s guidelines for healing ministry. We help to facilitate the adoption of advance directives by as many people as possible, including Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions, Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate orders in appropriate circumstances.
- Business Practices – Our mission of care for the poor and vulnerable is foremost in all decisions. We help facilitate the CHI Discernment Process to make major decisions reflectively in the light of faith and holy wisdom.
- Quality, Person-Centered Care – We play a valuable leadership role in the achievement of evidence-based positive health outcomes. Our holistic approach increases the value of the care we provide. We look forward to strengthening the practice of compassionate services, such as palliative care, interdisciplinary relationships, care planning and delivery.
- Healthy Communities – We are the champions for our ministry’s efforts for better health outcomes. We work alongside everyone who is part of our outreach for prevention, education, early detection, access to affordable care, cultivating new providers, promoting healthy living, expanding mental health services, and decreasing health disparities.
the mission integration team
The Mission Integration team guides the hospital and its staff to live out our core values of reverence for all we serve and for all creation; integrity in everything we do; compassion in solidarity with patients, families and communities; and excellence, by giving top quality care in every encounter.
jay gilchrist, vice president of mission integration
Jay Gilchrist, the first Vice President of Mission Integration, will oversee spiritual care, ethics, healthy communities efforts, workplace spirituality, collective theological reflection on holy healing work, and mission/ministry leadership development.
Mr. Gilchrist has served as a Catholic lay minister for more than 35 years with experience as a chaplain, lay pastor/church planter, and a supervisor of lay pastors. For the past five years, he served as Vice President of Mission Integration for Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Letters from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts degree in English from Iowa and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Spiritualities from Mundelein College of Loyola University, Chicago. Mr. Gilchrist has played a variety of leadership roles in both faith and civic communities.
Mr. Gilchrist has a passion holistic health care rooted in the CHI Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence. His calling is to raise awareness and maximize the practice of every person’s calling from God to “do what Jesus did” in deep East Texas in the 21st century.
walter futch, chaplain, livingston
Walter Futch serves as the Chaplain at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial in Livingston. Mr. Futch provides a loving, caring, listening presence. Deeply rooted in the East Texas community, he served as Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Lufkin for 23 years, and before that as youth and music minister.
Mr. Futch is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He recently completed a year as a Chaplain Resident at Baylor St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals in Houston.
ed thomas, chaplain, lufkin
Rev. Ed Thomas serves as the Chaplain for CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin. He is ordained in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has been involved in ministry for more than 35 years. He has served pastorates in Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, and in Lufkin. He now serves locally as supply pastor until a replacement is named.
While discerning a career change to chaplaincy, he served as a Pastoral Resident in the Greenville Health System in Greenville, SC. He also did Clinical Pastoral training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Rev. Ed has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, a Master’s of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Ministry from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC.
In addition to his chaplain work, Rev. Ed is active in and deeply committed to ministry in the broader community. He has worked with youth, social services and interfaith partnerships for just and healthy communities.