Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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."

-Carl Williamson, Manager of Pastoral Care

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For patients who have a deep connection to faith and spirituality, 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. The spiritual support team strives to provide patient-centered services for our patients and their family members, no matter their faith background. If you are considering including spiritual support as part of your care plan, 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 to integrate spiritual care into your cancer journey, we offer a variety of services:
  • Individual and group prayer
  • Counseling with a minister or other faith representative
  • Weekly worship and communion services and Bible studies at participating hospital locations
  • Communication between our pastoral care team and a family’s spiritual advisors at home, upon request
  • Individual and group opportunities for spiritual support
  • Telephone consultations
  • Support in arranging advanced care planning and making care decisions, including assistance in scheduling ceremonies, sacraments and spiritually significant observances

Chaplains are also available for prayer before surgery and to meet with caregivers and family members at any time. In addition, other clinicians, including physicians and nurses, often pray with patients as part of the care they provide.

After you have completed your treatment, our spiritual support services are available to you any time you choose, even after you have returned home.

The pastoral care team at Midwestern

Led by Manager of Pastoral Care Carl Williamson, 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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