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Spiritual Support

spiritual support
"We are here in the Pastoral Care Department to nurture the idea that one's relationship with God is personal, precious and powerful. Our job is to make sure that is being allowed to happen on a continual basis while patients are disconnected from their faith-based community."

-Rev. Percy McCray, Jr., Director of Pastoral Care

Our department

For faith-based individuals, spiritual support can be a fundamental part of treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA).

Getting in touch with your spirituality may help you better cope with the psychological and emotional effects of cancer. We strive to provide universal spiritual support services for patients and their family members. If requested, a member of our pastoral care team will meet with you within the first 48 hours of your first visit to the hospital.

Spiritual support services

If you choose, you can integrate spiritual care into your treatment in a variety of ways:

  • Individual and group prayer
  • Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
  • Weekly interfaith worship and communion services
  • Communication between our pastoral care team and a family’s spiritual advisors at home
  • Patient and caregiver classes focused on healing, faith and life
  • Telephone consultations
  • Support with end-of-life issues and decisions
  • Baptisms, weddings and funerals

Chaplains can also visit with you before surgery to provide prayer and counsel. Caregivers and family members may also talk with them at any time. In addition, other clinicians, including physicians and nurses, often pray with patients as part of the care they provide.

After completing your treatment, spiritual support services are still available by phone and through our spiritual outreach program, Our Journey of Hope®.

The pastoral care team at Midwestern

Led by Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Percy McCray the pastoral care team at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) consists of chaplains who reach across cultures, beliefs and religious backgrounds to address a broad spectrum of faiths.

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