Health ministry is visible inside and outside of OhioHealth's walls

At OhioHealth, we seek to provide care that touches body, mind and spirit. This is the basis of our health ministry. 

Our health ministry is built on OhioHealth’s long-standing affiliation with the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and our identity as a values-driven, faith-based organization.

The priorities of our faith tradition are increasingly part of the way we make decisions at OhioHealth. For example, the United Methodist tradition places a high value on the spiritual life of all people regardless of their faith. We therefore intentionally ensure faith diversity amongst our chaplains tosupport the varying spiritual needs of our patients and associates. Our Faith and Diversity Rondel, which is displayed on the walls of our care sites, reflects this value, as well.

Our faith connection is not so much a source of answers as it is a way to guard key questions that always need to be asked. Whether a particular decision revolves around difficult end-of-life choices at the bedside or takes place in a conference room in the midst of our Balanced Scorecard metrics, our faith connection keeps us grounded in who we are, and reminds us that we exist to serve.

Our faith tradition also influences our work within the community. Community partnerships are becoming more important as healthcare moves toward population health management. We are working to build relationships with surrounding faith congregations to partner in improving the health of their congregants.

Health ministry is about the integration of faith and health for a well-rounded approach to healthcare that touches body, mind and spirit. I encourage you to reflect on how you personally experience OhioHealth’s health ministry. I also encourage you to read the story on Page 4 to learn more about how our health ministry reaches associates, patients and communities and hear from OhioHealth associates on Page 12 about what working at a faith-based organization means to them.

By Rev. Keith Vesper, ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference in extension ministry at OhioHealth as System Vice President, Mission and Ministry

Read more about OhioHealth's faith ministry and program opportunities in this issue of Stewardship newsletter.