Clif Genge does not intubate a patient or check their vital signs. He provides another kind of lifeline at Rochester General Hospital.
Genge is a palliative care chaplain. He gives spiritual and emotional support to seriously ill patients and their families.
If necessary, he is by their side as they transition to death.
"We're always a source of peace and hope and encouragement, but even more so now because we're doing double duty," Genge said. "We're doing our own role, but we're also passing along the messages from family, as well."