Pacific Health Ministry (PHM) was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization to develop hospital ministry, and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs in Hawaii. The idea for the agency evolved in the hearts and minds of healthcare and religious leaders. In the early 1980s, there was a growing interest in the value of spiritual care in healthcare institutions to address complex bio-ethical questions and end-of-life issues. A community of religious and health-care leaders gathered to seek ways to deal with these challenging concerns. Through consultation with the Pacific Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), models were formulated to develop a spiritual care and education program within the multi-cultural, multi-religious context of Hawaii.
The agency began services on Oahu in 1988 at three of the major Hawaii health care institutions: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Queen's Medical Center and Kuakini Medical Center. Since that time programs have been established at Hawaii State Hospital, Kahi Mohala, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Pali Momi Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical Center, Pohai Nani Good Samaritan, Straub Clinic & Hospital.
Pacific Health Ministry also received accreditation in 1988 from ACPE to develop a Clinical Pastoral Education program and has been continuously conducting classes ever since. It is the only accredited graduate level ministry education program in the State of Hawaii. Clergy, other pastoral ministers and theological students from more than 30 nations have participated in the program.
Pacific Health Ministry is a diverse organization. Members of the Board of Directors
represent many of the traditions in Hawaii. The spiritual care and education programs are rooted in the rich traditions and values of the people living throughout the island chain. It is the express goal of the Board to establish spiritual care and education at all the health related institutions in Hawaii.