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Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

A Code Lavender is a holistic intervention code that hospital staff can call for themselves when they are being overloaded by stress and traumatic events at work.

When this code is triggered, a Code Lavender team is called to a designated quiet room within the hospital where staff can go for chaplain consultation and some down time. A chaplain will serve as a guide for staff to work through complex emotions. In the room, resources are also offered that will promote relaxation and restoration. The aim is to help staff refresh emotionally and physically.

Different therapeutic items in the room are offered to stimulate all 5 of the senses - touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight. These items may include coffee, tea, water, granola bars, chocolate, essential oils, restful music, colorful 3D handheld labyrinths, coloring books and markers, calming pictures, and self-care reading material such as poetry, words of affirmation and employee health referral information.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is currently using this method of self-care for medical staff.

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Tranquility Cart

Chaplains are called upon many times a day to help bring peace, care and compassion to patients and families. IU Health Methodist and University Hospital team members sometimes also need this type of care during their shifts. Medical staff members look forward to chaplains bringing the Tranquility Cart to their units. The cart is filled with rejuvenating beverages, snacks, treats and small items such as lip balm.

Chaplain L. Vern Farnum said, “The chocolate and lip balm go fast!”

Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services

Sanctuary Moment: Play ball!
June 26, 2022


Baseball season is in full swing. The College World Series is in progress and Major League Baseball is headed toward the mid-point of the season. Recently, members of the Chaplaincy team went to an Indianapolis Indians game. We heard the traditional exclamation—“Play ball!”—to begin the game.

Each year, with our beloved baseball teams, we celebrate, commiserate and often commemorate the effort and work of our favorite team. We are reminded that while teams have outstanding individuals on their rosters, it takes the entire group—working together—to play ball. One individual does not completely cause the success of a team in any sport.

An ancient African and/or Native American proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In all cultures, it takes a group of people to develop productive human beings. By the same token, it takes a group to build an effective sports team. It takes all of us to build a meaningful, purposeful healthcare organization, community and city. It takes a team to do the work we do each day.

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All of us are important. Each day we are invited to play ball. In our various roles, we contribute to the quality care we provide our patients, their loved ones and one another. It takes a team of people willing to communicate, support and care to do this work. Valuing one another, respecting the particulars of our roles and listening to each other for understanding is essential in building a strong team.

As baseball season continues, the words “play ball!” resound around our communities. In stadiums, parks, lawns and streets many of us will pick up a glove, toss a ball and swing a bat at some point.

Let us remember it takes all of us working together—on a baseball field and in our facilities—to make a strong, effective healthcare team.

L. Vern Farnum, D.Min, BCC, CT
AHC Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services Director
Methodist Hospital Chaplain Manager
lfarnum@iuhealth.org

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At IU Health, we never forget that our patients are much more than simply a disease to be treated or an injury to be healed. We know each patient is a multifaceted person, with physical, emotional and spiritual needs. That's why the people in the spiritual care and chaplaincy services department work closely with medical staff to assure the well-being of the whole person.

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