Owensboro Health Pastoral Care Expands Services
Owensboro Health Pastoral Care is expanding its services, reaching out to a wider range of faiths and beliefs with its newest service option.
Beginning February 4, 2016, interfaith services will be held on Thursdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Mercy Chapel of Hope at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. The interfaith service now complements the Catholic mass services held every day except Thursdays and Saturdays, also from noon to 12:30 p.m. Services are open to all health system staff, patients and visitors.
“We've had several employees request an interfaith service,” said Pastoral Care Director Bonnie Brown. “They've said, 'I just feel like I need that.’”
Brown said the service is open to individuals of any faith, or those who don’t have a particular system of belief.
“It offers an opportunity to focus on spirit and the values behind what we do every day. It's to rejuvenate, refresh ourselves. It gives us the spiritual resources we need to reinvest in our work, in our families and our friendships,” Brown said. “Faith can be referring to faith in God (or gods), faith in a higher power, faith in a treatment plan, faith in your medical team, faith in the hope that the universe is behind you and not against you.”
And Brown said faith can have a very powerful role as people face medical challenges.
“Faith is the reason behind what a lot of people do in healthcare. We're committed to taking care of people, and that commitment often comes from a place of love and a center of spirit inside of us. When we give continually, that place inside of us is drained and we look for ways to fill that, so we can have the resources to keep investing in others, as well as to keep investing in ourselves,” Brown said. “We want to help people grow in whatever their faith is, and one that enriches them and helps them to be healthier. We want all of those faces to be available to people, and chapel services are a part of that.”