The pastoral care program at Sparks Regional Medical Center is now partnering with Summit Medical Center to provide services to patients and associates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The chaplain is a facilitator for pastoral care and will now be available at Summit Medical Center around the clock. Seeing that patients have access to their own ministers and spiritual resources is the basic part of the chaplain’s work. The pastoral care program offers a chaplain who is a specialist in ministry to the sick and troubled.
The program at Sparks and Summit is provided by volunteer chaplains who receive special training through the Pastoral Care office at Sparks. “We have the most wonderful volunteer chaplains with a diverse background, from retired school teachers, train engineers, and current and retired ministers,” said Shirley Harrod, Pastoral Care at Sparks and Summit.
Summit Medical Center also offers a small chapel for patients, visitors and associates. The chapel, located on the first floor of the hospital, is named after the late Dr. Millard C. Edds. Dr. Edds practiced medicine in Crawford County for more than 50 years and was well known for his dedication to his church.