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Long Beach, California,90806
Our internationally recognized Department of Hyperbaric Medicine, located in Southern California at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital, was established in 1974. We provide hyperbaric oxygen treatments to adults and children in ... more.
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant :: Leadership
Sharon Yagerlener - Parish Associate
Raised in Michigan, Sharon became an RN working in pediatrics and obstetrics. Moving to California, she raised four children and earned a degree from Fuller Seminary before being ordained at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and becoming the full-time chaplain at the Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children's Hospital. There she works with children in the intensive care units and their families. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys seven grandchildren, quilting, scrap-booking, reading and traveling.
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Rev. Sharon Yagerlener
Parish Associate (714) 557-3340 Raised in Michigan, Sharon became an RN working in pediatrics and obstetrics. Moving to California, she raised four children and earned a degree from Fuller Seminary before being ordained at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and becoming the full-time chaplain at the Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children's Hospital. There she works with children in the intensive care units and their families. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys seven grandchildren, quilting, scrap-booking, reading and traveling.
Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach | Featured Articles | Spiritual Care in the NICU
At Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, that shoulder and those hands are Rev. Sharon Yagerlener's, Chaplain of the NICU Spiritual Care Department.
When an infant is first admitted to the NICU, Sharon stops by to introduce herself, knowing how vital support and comfort from a familiar face during their time of emotional need will truly be. The Spiritual Care department strives to offer just that - prayers for those seeking spiritual guidance, personal touches to comfort parents and families and support for those suffering devastating loss. To make the hospital experience as comforting as possible, Sharon and her team go the extra mile to make the isolettes, or baby incubators, "more warm and caring, less sterile and scary for parents," she says. Each time she prays for a baby in the NICU, she places a cross on their isolette before leaving to show the parents that although they couldn't be there, she has been with the baby. "They say 'I saw your cross, thank you so much for coming.' I just want them to know that we're here, and we're looking after your baby," says Sharon. Volunteer groups and community professionals also are quick to donate their time, efforts or resources for NICU families facing difficult circumstances. Threads of Love, a group of community volunteers, knit, crochet and deliver isolette covers, baby blankets, bonnets, booties and bereavement layettes for Miller Children's NICU babies. Sharon says that one volunteer, in her mid-90s, says that making these tokens of love and affection is what "gets her up each morning." Local groups also donate special scent bonding dolls, called "lovies," for babies who are too small or critical to be touched or held by their parents. When family members feel as though they can do nothing to help the development of their child, these dolls sooth the babies, as they recognize their mother's scent, and "comfort the families. They provide a sense of doing something to help their child," says Sharon. Spiritual Care understands the importance of being culturally compassionate and supports the faith and belief of all NICU families by coordinating baptisms, blessings, religious rituals and sacraments. Sharon and other chaplains, who are trained and certified to guide families in times of need or despair, are well-connected to the community and happy to network with local clergy to meet any additional spiritual needs of patients and their families. A non-denominational chapel, celebrating various religious services weekly, and the Serenity Room are open and available for families in need of prayer, peace or calm 24 hours a day. These sanctuaries help parents to remain near their critical baby while tending to their spiritual needs. Working tirelessly to provide appropriate clothing, such as baptismal gowns, proper faith clergy throughout the community and religious ceremonies for the families of Miller Children's means, "we can help them, and if we can help them we've done a great thing," says Sharon. Through the Perinatal Connections program, the MemorialCare Center for Women is dedicated to providing resources and support for parents and families facing quality of life decisions for their unborn babies. To provide emotional support and guidance and working as an extension of the Pediatric Palliative Care Porgram, this new team connects families with resources and multi-disciplinary care team members to provide compassionate, respectful, family-centered care throughout the challenges of a difficult pregnancy and delivery. "We want to help them as much as possible, and sometimes that means walking them through options and difficult choices," says Sharon. As Chaplain of the most fragile patients at Miller Children's, Sharon understands how difficult a child's hospitalization and condition can be, "I can often tell how a baby is doing by looking at the parents' faces.
Rev. Sharon Yagerlener, Parish Associate
Office Phone: (714)557-3340 Sharon has been part of PCC for many years, recently coming on staff as Parish Associate. Raised in Michigan she became a Registered Nurse working in pediatrics and obstetrics and in 1974 she moved to California, a stay-at-home mom raising four children. During this time, Sharon also worked for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as a special educational instructional aid. After her kids were grown, she decided to attend seminary and pursue a call to the ordained ministry and while attending Fuller Seminary, she took a position as a part-time chaplain at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children's Hospital. Since being ordained in the Presbyterian Church, Sharon has become the full-time chaplain at that same hospital where she works with children in the intensive care and oncology units, with babies in the neonatal ICU. Sharon also ministers to mothers who have experienced the loss of their child during pregnancy bringing a real passion and the grace of God into each situation. In her spare time, she enjoys her five grandchildren, quilting, scrap-booking, reading and traveling.
Team Members: Nancy Farmer, Mavis Grisham, Cheri Jones, Sharon Yagerlener
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