The Pastoral Care Department at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center will present a Stephen Ministry information meeting on July 25th at 5:30 pm. Stephen Ministry is a program providing Christian spiritual caregiving to people who are hospitalized and to their loved ones. A Stephen Minister comes alongside a person whose life has been affected by illness or other crisis and provides one-on-one support.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people in our community to learn the skills needed to make a big difference in the lives of people who are suffering,” said Chaplain Randy Tingle.
Training begins with workshops on September 14th and 15th, and continues with a weekly class held on Thursday evenings. Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of specialized hospital-based classes as well as participate in on-going continuing education opportunities. Graduates of the program commit to serve with the hospital chaplains as volunteer Stephen Ministers in the hospital for one hour per week for two years.
Besides Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Stephen Ministers also serve in the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center and the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. More information and applications are available by contacting Chaplain Randy Tingle at 865- 331-1235.
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is an affiliate of Covenant Health Systems.