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    Staff Chaplains
    Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    Reverend Paul McNamee, Chaplain
    Paul Mc Namee is a candidate for Board Certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is a Roman Catholic priest having been ordained in Ireland in 1985. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Divinity from St Patrick’s Pontifical College, Maynooth. He ministered in various parishes throughout his home Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin as well as working for many years with the Dublin Regional Marriage Tribunal assisting those in his diocese seeking marriage annulments. In 2005, he graduated from St Patrick’s Pontifical College with a Masters Degree in Theology. Paul completed a residency year in Clinical Pastoral Education at UCSF Medical Center in 2010 after which he was employed at UCSF as an Emergency Department Chaplain. He moved to Sacramento in 2012 to take up his present position as a Chaplain at Sutter General Hospital.  At SGH he has responsibility for ICU and Palliative Care patients, as well as meeting the Sacramental needs of Catholic patients at both SMH and SGH.

    Rev. Susan Cosio is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Fuller Seminary with additional training at North Park Seminary. Susan completed two years of Clinical Pastoral Education with SMCS, and has additional training in Palliative Care. Her primary clinical responsibility is for the adult and pediatric ICU patients, pediatric oncology, and palliative care patients at Sutter Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the medical center's Central Partnership Council, Evidence-Based Council, Family-Centered Care Committee, Fetal Therapy Board and the Palliative Care Team. She also supports the inter-faith needs of hospital staff, and is a frequent presenter within the hospital and in the larger community.  Susan currently serves as the Continuing Education Chair for the Association of Professional Chaplains in Northern California.

    Helen D. Hobart, a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains, is a lay-ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh.  She graduated from St. John's College, Annapolis, Md, and completed two years of graduate study at the University of Keele, Staffordshire, U.K., receiving the professional Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, and serving as a Staffordshire social worker for several years.  At CSUS, she received her Master's in Social Work and further training in social work with elders and in healthcare, particularly in dementia care.  After completing Clinical Pastoral Education at SMCS in 2006, Helen continued to offer chaplaincy services at Sutter Center for Psychiatry (SCP).  She helped integrate spirituality into the Mindfulness-based Recovery Model adopted by SCP in 2008, a best practice recognized in 2013 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation, to be published in its national library. She continues to anchor training in mindfulness for staff, patients, and administrators at SCP, while also offering patient groups and a variety of interfaith chaplain services.  Helen is taking a lead role in the interdisciplinary creation of a sanctuary garden at SCP, and also participates in SCP's Hospital Council.