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Lum named manager of spiritual care/hospital chaplain

UR Medicine Thompson Health recently named the Rev. Janice Lum of Penfield as its new manager of Spiritual Care and hospital chaplain.

An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and former registered nurse, Lum has served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years. She began her work in chaplaincy 10 years ago, most recently serving as a chaplain with UR Medicine affiliate Highland Hospital in Rochester. At Thompson, she is overseeing compassion partners who meet with hospital patients, long-term care residents, family members and staff members.

Lum, who remains on a per diem basis at Highland, received an associate’s degree in nursing from Monroe Community College and a master’s in theology from Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. She completed her clinical pastoral education at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  and the Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy course at California State University’s Shiley Institute for Palliative Care. She is expected to receive her master’s of divinity this May from Northeastern Seminary, where she is also pursuing advanced certification in Spiritual Direction.

At Thompson, spirituality is defined in the broadest, most universal terms possible: that which gives meaning or purpose and belonging or connection to each person.  In this light, the health system seeks to provide support in a way that is meaningful to each individual. To become a  volunteer compassion partner at Thompson, email [email protected], call the chaplain’s office at (585) 396-6486 or call the volunteer office at (585) 396-6660.