Birthplace: St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Spouse: Marie
Children: Step-son, Russell
Education/special training: Clinical Pastoral Education at SIU School of Medicine
How long at Passavant/job title: Eleven years as Associate Chaplain
Previous work experience: Chaplain at Doctor’s Hospital for six and a half years
Hobbies/special interests: An avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, seasonal spring and fall drives
Secret ambition: At my age: to continue to enjoy living
How I describe myself: Easy to know, respectful of others, curious, gentle, caring
Favorites: Holiday: Christmas; Season: Autumn;Artist/Song: Songs by Celine Dion and Anne Murray; Vacation: To travel to the northwest and northeast coast; Movie: The Sound of Music; Food: Italian; Part of job: To see a very ill patient come through Emergency Department, Intensive/Coronary Care, and our other units feeling much better and possessing hope for the future.
Some of my job responsibilities: To “foster” hope to every patient, review patient social status and condition, listen for clues about how they are feeling and the care they are receiving, and, of course, providing prayer is highly essential
Describe a time you went “above and beyond” in your job: I often stay over my time to provide the spiritual needs of the patient and family members.
Why should individuals choose Passavant? Because all Passavant healthcare employees offer warm, compassionate, and professional care to every patient.
And the nomination said:
I have a friend that spent over 3 weeks at your hospital for some very serious surgery; at least 14 days were in the Intensive/Coronary Care Unit. Reverend Pinney was there for my friend from the start! He was there several times during the day and night for him. I felt his interest and loyalty to my friend went far beyond what was required of him. I feel his words of encouragement and prayer gave my friend comfort and strength. He will be remembered as an exceptional person.