Michael Guthrie, MDiv, MHA, BCC
Reverend Michael Guthrie, MDiv, MHA, BCC
Rev. Michael Guthrie serves as the Operations Director with oversight of Spiritual Care, Volunteer Services, Clinical Ethics, Patient Transport, and Parking Services at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Rev. Guthrie also serves as Division Clinical Ethics Educator for HealthONE. Rev. Guthrie, ordained Presbyterian minister and board certified chaplain, has served in health care for 19 years. His experience involves critical care, organ donation, palliative care, mental health, bone marrow transplant, and pediatrics. He holds an undergrad in History and Philosophy, a Masters of Divinity, and a Masters in Health Care Administration.
Rev. Guthrie served as a Navy Chaplain Candidate from 2004-2006 stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. While in Virginia, he completed his Clinical Pastoral Education residency and served as staff chaplain at Norfolk General Hospital. In 2010, Rev. Mike and his family moved back to Colorado to serve as Palliative Care Staff Chaplain at Good Samaritan Medical Center. In 2011, he transitioned into the Director role at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Rev. Guthrie, recognizes caregiving at times has a cost through compassion fatigue, moral injury, and spiritual distress. Therefore, he approaches personal and professional wellbeing with a practical approach using tools for balancing physical, emotional, and spiritual resilience. He has a regular stress resilience blog covering practical self-care tools for ongoing resilience. He also facilitates bioethics consultant and education addressing moral injury and moral distress surfacing during patient care.
Rev. Guthrie’s published works include “Reflections on Research from A Newly Certified APC Member” (Plainviews, 2008), “A Health Care Chaplain’s Pastoral Response to Moral Distress” (Journal of Health Care Chaplains, 2014), Chaplains Distinctly Equipped to Address Moral Injury (Medical Ethics Advisor, 2022), and “To Whom is the Chaplain Beholden” (Journal of Christian Bioethics, forthcoming). He has presented on such topics as: The Role of Spirituality In the Healing Process at the Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network, Leveraging Multidisciplinary Relationships for Spiritual Assessment and the Identification of Spiritual Distress at the Association of Professional Chaplains National Symposium. He was the Keynote speaker on Nursing Staff Stress Resilience, for SHINE Symposium, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. He has appeared in news segments locally and on Good Morning America featuring his work supporting patients and staff through the pandemic.