CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Within a humble office tucked away inside Chambersburg Hospital are clippings of a career of serving others; photographs from mission trips, awards from years of service in the United States Air Force, mementos of inspiring community members to serve as volunteers within the Pastoral Services department. Chaplain Paul Yeun’s tidy workspace highlights decades of care and service to others.
As the Chaplain prepares to retire from his position at Chambersburg Hospital October 31, he shared insights and highlights from his 18-year post at the facility, and his 52 years of serving as a Chaplain in both the United States Air Force and around the county. At 73, he says his decades-long career has left him rejuvenated.
“Every time I have been called to see a patient, regardless of their situation, I walk away feeling energized that I made a difference in that patient’s life,” he explained.
“The patients pour their hearts out, and despite the pain they are feeling, we can give them hope and peace,” Chaplain Yeun explained. “We can make a difference for them.”
Over his 18 years at the hospital, the Chaplain successfully grew the Pastoral Services department from a group of seven, to more than 60; including 30 on-call clergy members and 30 lay volunteers. He offered countless trainings and educational opportunities for community members looking to get involved in Pastoral Care. The department also offers services to patients and staff in Waynesboro Hospital and all other Summit Health facilities.
He shared some of the times his service went above offering prayer and comfort, including the time he performed a marriage ceremony inside a hospital room, so a dying man could be a part of his daughter’s wedding.
Upon retiring, Chaplain Yeun plans to finish his memoir; “With God all things are possible: A true story of a Chinese boy who left his country with a little tote bag”, enjoy traveling, and spending more time with his family.
Chaplain Kibreab Gudeta will assume Chaplain Yeun’s position. Chaplain Gudeta has been the Chaplain at the Hospice of Washington County since 2011. Prior to that, he served in various Chaplaincy roles at the Hershey Medical Center.
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