Rowlett – May 12, 2008 - Lake Pointe Medical Center recently graduated its first class of pastoral care chaplains. These chaplains were part of the internationally recognized Community of Hope lay pastoral care training program which the hospital became part of in January of this year.
The chaplains went through a multi-level application and interview process before being selected. Because LPMC is not a faith based hospital, it was important to ensure those interested in becoming a lay pastoral care chaplain understood they would be caring for patients, families and employees of all faiths. Once the candidates were selected, the group completed 14 weeks of extensive classroom training that covered subjects such as - Grief: Coping with Loss, Listening Skills, Prayer, The Pastoral Visit, Boundaries, and Pastoral Identify
. The class is now in their practicum phase of the program and will be commissioned in July.
Father Peter Getz, pastor at the Holy Trinity Episcopal church in Heath, worked with Bobbie Walker, the coordinator of pastoral care at LPMC, to bring the certified Community of Hope training program to the hospital. Father Getz says, “Although the class was small, it was an exceptionally good group to inaugurate this vital program. They have set the bar high for the succeeding classes and each successive class will simply make the pastoral care program at LPMC stronger year by year. We are building people for the future.”
Lay pastoral care chaplains are part of the hospital’s “care team” who focus on the spiritual part of the healing process. Father Getz and Bobbie both agree that the chaplains are trained to give pastoral care to all persons in our hospital without regard to their religious affiliation. When you are sick enough to be in the hospital you need all the prayer you can get.
The next class offering will be January, 2009. For more information about the program or the application and interview process, please contact Bobbie Walker at 972.412.3380 ext. 2269.
ABOUT LAKE POINTE MEDICAL CENTER
Lake Pointe Medical Center, a part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, is a 112-bed acute care hospital located at 6800 Scenic Drive in Rowlett. Lake Pointe Medical Center has been serving the residents of Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City and the surrounding communities since 1987. The hospital provides a wide spectrum of medical services, including an emergency department with Fast Track services, a 14-bed intensive care unit, women's services, a Level II Neonatal Nursery, diagnostic imaging, eight operating rooms and telemetry. Lake Pointe Medical Center also provides a number of specialty services, including cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, oncology, infectious disease, general surgery, spine surgery, thoracic surgery, ear nose and throat, pulmonary medicine, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and neonatal services. Lake Pointe also offers wound care, sleep medicine, physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as pulmonary rehabilitation. The Lake Pointe Imaging Center in Rockwall provides extended imaging services to the community. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, licensed by the state of Texas and certified for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To learn more about Lake Pointe Medical Center, visit www.lakepointemedical.com