Lum appointed spiritual care director/hospital chaplain


UR Medicine Thompson Health recently appointed Rev. Janice Lum of Penfield as the hospital’s new director of spiritual care and chaplain.

An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and a former registered nurse, Lum has served in pastoral ministry for more than 20 years. She began her work in chaplaincy 10 years ago, most recently as a chaplain at UR Medicine affiliated Highland Hospital in Rochester. At Thompson, she oversees Compassionate Partners who meet with hospitalized patients, residents of long-term care facilities, family members and staff.

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

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


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