Community Religious Leaders Visit Crozer-Chester Medical Center to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening of Interfaith Chapel
Patrick Gavin, President of Crozer-Chester Medical Center, is joined by Terry
Lynch and Reverend Dr. Bayard Taylor to officially open the Interfaith Chapel
October 4, 2013 (Upland, PA) – On Tuesday, September 24, Crozer-Chester Medical Center hosted 40 religious leaders from the local community to officially open the medical center’s newly renovated Interfaith Chapel, which is located adjacent to the main lobby of the medical center. The Chapel provides visitors and patients with a more open and spacious area in which to reflect while working through difficult situations.
Student chaplains John Chaffee, Jessica Nietzer, Kevin West and Garrison
Lockley Join Terry Lynch and Reverend Dr. Bayard Taylor to officially open
the Interfaith Chapel.
Following the ribbon-cutting and opening ceremony, which included several prayers and moments of reflection, the group of religious leaders and hospital staff walked over to the Clark Auditorium for lunch and an update provided courtesy of the Pastoral Care Services at Crozer. The goal of Pastoral Care Services is to engage and enhance the spiritual resources of patients and families in times of anxiety, loss and grief.
Terry Lynch, director of Patient Relations and Volunteer Services, and Reverend Dr. Bayard Taylor, director of Pastoral Care Services, updated the local religious leaders on the progress that has been achieved in the past three years since Pastoral Care was started which was clearly demonstrated by the diversity and scope of the attendees. A key aspect of the care that is provided to patients at Crozer-Chester Medical Center comes from student chaplains through the Palmer Theological Seminary. The first class of student chaplains started in January of this year under the leadership of Taylor. The students are required to conduct 120 hours of supervised visitation with patients as well as complete 40 hours of instructional learning. Taylor commented, “The first graduating class of students finished the program this spring. They were John Chaffee, Jessie Nietzer, Kevin West and Garrison Lockley. I am very proud of them.”
Crozer-Chester Medical Center is keenly aware of the importance of the religious leaders to communicate the accessibility of the Chapel to the greater community. This particular event had representation from the following local places of worship: Calvary Baptist Church in Chester, St. Paul Episcopal Church in Chester, Shorter A.M.E. Church in Chester, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford, Islamic Center of Chester, Upland Baptist Church, Media Presbyterian Church, St. John Chrysostom Church in Wallingford, Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Drexel Hill, Shiloh Baptist Church in Wilmington and the Eastern Theological Seminary.
To summarize the impact of the overall event, Lynch commented, “The event was a true milestone in the growth of Pastoral Care Services at Crozer. It was heartening to feel the supportive embrace of area religious leaders as we continue to develop and improve our responsiveness to meeting the spiritual needs of our patients and families while they are in our care. Chaplain Taylor has been a central figure to fulfilling our three-year-old vision, all the while ensuring that all voices are heard and welcomed.”