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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: Heat and Humidity
July 11, 2021


The summers in Indiana are characterized by heat and humidity. Over the past weeks, we have experienced heat and humidity levels that feel tropical. All it takes to break out in a sweat is to walk outside for a few minutes. Heat and humidity make us feel uncomfortable. Yet, without heat and humidity our world would be in peril.

Most of us know that the corn and beans in the farmlands around us, thrive in the heat and humidity of the summer. We are often reminded by the agricultural community that these plants need a certain amount of sunlight and moisture to grow and produce crops. Without heat and humidity, these plants struggle and can succumb to the elements of summer.

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Heat and humidity remind us that discomfort can motivate us toward personal growth and development. At times, all of us are challenged to grow, shift and change. Often, it takes experiencing discomfort for this to happen. This experience may even cause us to break out in a sweat. Yet, the experience of discomfort leads to our growth and development as compassionate people.

Each year the heat and humidity of Indiana summers impacts our lives. We drink more fluids, wear lighter clothing and search for swimming pools as we adjust our lives to the weather. We shift and change with the experience of heat and humidity.

Just as we shift and alter our behaviors in the heat and humidity of each summer, may we continually learn and grow. At times we will experience discomfort. Yet, the path through our discomfort leads us toward increased compassion and understanding for one another.

May our compassion and understanding grow alongside the corn and beans in the heat and humidity of this summer.

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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