For faith-based individuals, spiritual support may 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 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 may 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.
The pastoral care team at Southeastern
Led by Director of Pastoral Care Chip Gordon, M.Div., the Pastoral Care Department at CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) consists of chaplains who reach across cultures, beliefs and religious backgrounds to address a broad spectrum of faiths.
“We like to spend a lot of time getting to know each of our patients personally,” says Pastor Gordon. “We like to hear about their family and their life, and talk about the support they can receive from Pastoral Care. We touch on advance directives, and always ask if we can close our time in prayer.”