Crozer Introduces Pastoral Care Services
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently introduced Pastoral Care Services to meet the spiritual needs of patients and visitors.
- The goal of Pastoral Services is to counsel and support patients and families in the medical center in times of anxiety, loss and grief.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently introduced Pastoral Care Services to meet the spiritual needs of patients and visitors.
The goal of Pastoral Services is to counsel and support to patients and families in the medical center in times of anxiety, loss and grief. Pastoral Services representatives offer the strength of prayer and the sacraments as well as assist patients and families with treatment decision-making, ethical and end-of-life discussions. They also connect patients with appropriate spiritual and human service resources in the community, including clergy of the patient’s preferences. They do not provide medical care or advice.
Crozer’s Pastoral Care Services are led by Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor, pastor of the historic Calvary Baptist Church in Chester. Taylor has extensive experience and education in hospital chaplaincy. Chaplains are health care professionals who have received extensive training in care, counseling and religious disciplines. Chaplains work with the health care team to ensure that patients’ spiritual and emotional needs are addressed during their hospital stays.
“Chaplains help cope with the stress of illness and hospitalization and ease the loneliness and isolation of a hospital stay,” Taylor says. “We have begun to work with clergy from throughout Delaware County so that we are able to serve all families regardless of religious affiliation.”
In fact, Pastoral Care Services recently hosted a luncheon attended by more than 40 local ministers from various congregations and faiths.
Taylor is a graduate of Virginia Union University School of Theology, where he completed a dual Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry. He completed the required four units of Pastoral Care Education and has served as chaplain in McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Va.; intern chaplain with Pennsylvania Hospital; current adjunct chaplain with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a founder of the Chester Police Chaplains Corps.
Taylor will be in the medical center 10 hours per week, but he hopes to work with fellow chaplains and volunteers to serve patients and families when needed. In addition to assisting patients and families, Pastoral Care Services will attend to the needs of Crozer employees.
Patients or family members can contact Pastoral Care Services by calling (610) 447-7908 or by asking a nurse or the Patient Representative to arrange a visit. Messages for Pastoral Care Services can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The medical center also provides an on-site location for prayer and meditation. The Chapel is located off the main lobby on the first floor, near the Gift Shop. It is open 24 hours a day for prayer, quiet meditation, and reflection for people of all faiths. Sacred texts from a variety of faith traditions are available. Bibles and other devotional literature are available upon request.