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Volunteer Chaplains Serve Spiritual Needs of Patients

photoMembers of the CMH Volunteer Chaplaincy Service have been providing for the spiritual needs of patients at Clinton Memorial Hospital since 1985 and also expanded their services to include a CMH Regional Health System outpatient entity—the Foster J. Boyd, MD, Regional Cancer Center—in early 2009.

CMH volunteer chaplains are on call on a rotating basis and are available to all Clinton Memorial Hospital inpatients, their families, employees and volunteers--24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ministers from a patient’s home church or parish are also welcome to visit during a patient’s stay at Clinton Memorial Hospital or during treatment at the cancer center.

“Caring for the patient is not just physical,” says Carol Sebert, manager of CMH Volunteer Services. “Offering patients the opportunity to visit with a chaplain to help with spiritual healing is just as important as physical healing. “We communicate with our nurses to identify patients who have indicated they are receptive to visits by our on-call chaplain,” says Sebert. “In these days, when we guard our patient’s privacy to the utmost, we want to make sure that our chaplains only visit those who have expressed an interest in a visit.”

photoCMH chaplains have positively affected countless patients through simple visits and prayer to baptisms and even marriages in the hospital’s Galen and Elizabeth Hoggatt Chapel, Sebert says. The chaplain availability at the cancer center meshes well with various aspects of the integrative medicine program (also known as complementary and alternative medicine).

The chaplains also have access to an office in the chapel on the first floor (Main Street level) of Clinton Memorial Hospital. It can be used for private conversations. For more information about the CMH Volunteer Chaplaincy Service, please contact Carol Sebert at 937-382-9224.

arrow View our 2009 Volunteer Chaplaincy Service Board (PDF).