Chaplains add patient care to agendas

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Harriman’s Roane Medical Center will soon welcome 10 new chaplains and trained church volunteers to its volunteer, on-call program.

The program is designed to provide comfort and spiritual guidance for patients and visitors.

The hospital had a volunteer, on-call chaplain training session this week that included information on hospital policies and procedures, proper protocols for visiting a hospital patient, crisis intervention, and a panel discussion on religious diversity.

“This program has a potential to touch so many lives, those of our patients, their family members and our own staff,” said Jim Gann, Roane Medical Center president and chief administrative officer. “I’m excited to get this program started and know that with our new hospital just around the corner, this program will be highly successful.”

The on-call program requires chaplains and trained church volunteers to be available for spiritual council and comfort whenever the need is present. Chaplains will visit patients and their families and provide prayers, words of comfort and guidance when requested.

Call 882-4360 for more about the program. Information about Roane Medical Center, a member of Covenant Health, is at www.roanemedical.com.