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    Staff Chaplains
    Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    Paul McNameeRev. Paul Mc Namee is a Board Certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is a Roman Catholic priest having been ordained in Ireland in 1985. He graduated with Bachelor degrees from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare and from St Patrick’s Pontifical College, Maynooth. He ministered in various parishes throughout his home Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. 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 SMCS.  As a member of the Palliative Care team, he provides spiritual care to adult palliative care patients, as well as meeting the Sacramental needs of Catholic patients throughout the hospital.

    Susan CosioRev. 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 Oncology/ BMT, VAD and cardiac transplant patients, and palliative care pediatric and NICU patients. She is a member of the medical center's Central Partnership Council, Evidence-Based Council, 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. 

    Tamara Bahlhorn

    Tamara Bahlhorn is an Episcopalian chaplain. She completed two years in Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of California Davis Medical Center from 2008-2011, then worked as a chaplain for five years at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. A Graduate of San Diego Christian College, she is also certified in Television and Radio Broadcasting.  She used this latter talent to create CCTV programming for patients, family and staff in the hospital setting. She currently serves as the chaplain for Sutter Center for Psychiatry and as the Palliative Care Chaplain for Sutter Davis Hospital. She also provides inter-faith needs of the staff.

    Lisa Norlander

    Rev. Lisa Nordlander is the Director of Spiritual Care Services and a certified ACPE Supervisor. She completed her Bachelor degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology.   Lisa has been an ordained United Methodist minister for thirty three years, serving as an associate pastor for five years. She completed her residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Her additional training to complete her ACPE Supervisor certification was at the University of California San Francisco and Sutter Community Hospitals.  She also worked as a chaplain at Woodland Memorial Hospital for several years.  Lisa is vice chair of the SMCS Bioethics Committee.

    Thomas Carter

    Rev. Thomas Carter is a certified ACPE Supervisor and the Pastoral Education Coordinator for the Spiritual Care Services department. He received his Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus on pastoral ministry. He is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, with 7 years of experience serving on staff in the Baptist Church. He has also served as a chaplain at the Union Gospel mission providing emergency assistance and addiction counseling to men.  Tom completed his CPE residency and Associate Supervisor certification at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. Thomas served as the Senior House Calls chaplain for 5 years and also worked as the Director of the Oak Park Community Outreach. Prior to accepting his call to ministry, Thomas was employed as an Electrical Engineer.

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