Plans for Multi-Faith Chapel in the Works as Winthrop's Pastoral Care and Education Program Continues to Reach out to Patients

Vol. 12, No. 2
August, 2002

  • Winthrop�s New Radiation Oncology Center Offers Most Advanced Technology and Outpatient Treatment in Region Provides
    Patients with Quick, Targeted Treatment

  • Winthrop Surgeons Offer New Hope for People with Morbid Obesity

  • Winthrop�s Orthopedic Surgeons Provide Access to New Type of Relief for Knee Pain
    Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure May Help Those Slowed Down by Osteoarthritis

  • Comprehensive Neurological Intensive Care Unit Opens at Winthrop
    New Unit Provides Patients with Advanced Monitoring Technology

  • Biofeedback Therapy Offers Patients at Winthrop Control Over Their Own Health

  • Allergy Sufferers - Prepared for Allergy Season?

  • Important Sun Safety Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

  • Winthrop�s $6.6 Million Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Project Continues to Move Right Along

  • Plans for Multi-Faith Chapel in the Works as Winthrop�s Pastoral Care and Education Program Continues to Reach out to Patients

  • First Epileptic Patient Undergoes PET Scan at Winthrop�s PET Imaging Center

  • Latex Allergies a Big Concern
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  • Healthcare with a Smile - It�s the Personal Touch that Makes Winthrop Welcoming and World Class

  • Life and the Human Spirit Celebrated at Cancer Survivor�s Day

  • Local Family Raises $6,400 to Benefit Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids

  • Marvin Tiger Foundation Donation Provides Children at Winthrop�s Cancer Center for Kids with Hours of Fun, Entertainment

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals Donates $10,000 to Winthrop�s Emergency Services Program

  • Sleep Disorders Center at Winthrop Achieves AASM Reaccreditation

  • 78th Annual Meeting of Winthrop-University Hospital�s Auxiliary Recounts a Year of Many Successes

  • Winthrop Physicians Named Among Elite in New York Magazine�s 2002 Listing of the �Best Doctors in New York�

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  • Light. In many of the world's major religions, light is a symbol of hope. In times of crisis, people often seek a place where they can find solace and peace. In times of joy, many look for a place were they can give thanks. Winthrop has recognized the need for this special space, and is now planning for the construction of a multi-faith chapel.

    Plans for the new chapel, to be located in the heart of the Hospital just off of the main lobby, will be centered on the spirit of hope. A giant stained glass window will engulf the room in flecks of multicolored light, providing visitors with warmth and peace as they pray, reflect or just enter for a moment of silence and calm. The new chapel will also hold close to 30 seats.

    "We are in great need for a central place to meet the spiritual and religious needs of our patients, families and Hospital staff," stated Reverend Winfried Hess, Director of Winthrop's Pastoral Care and Education Program. "The new chapel will help people of all faiths by providing them with a sacred space where they can go to find strength or just to escape the stress of the Hospital setting, a place where they can pray and find peace in their times of crisis."

    As Winthrop continues to grow as a regional healthcare resource and a Level 1 Regional Trauma Center, the Hospital is treating more traumatic injuries and is seeing an increased need for chaplaincy and inter-faith counseling. Winthrop's Pastoral Care and Education Program was created more than two years ago to help the patients and families in the Hospital through difficult or traumatic times. Chaplains and Pastoral Care students provide emotional and spiritual guidance to individuals in need. Additionally, in 2001, Pastoral Care received a grant to start a support program at Winthrop for women and families in crisis due to high-risk pregnancies and birth related traumas.

    "The new chapel will help people of all faiths by providing them with a place where they can find peace in their time of crisis."
    - Rev. Hess

    "Pastoral Care is a great service that helps the state-of-mind of the patients and families," added Rev. Hess, who expects that the addition of the multi-faith chapel will be a source of further comfort and support.

    The new chapel, coupled with the tremendous support of the local clergy, will undoubtedly help Winthrop's program continue to flourish and offer spiritual support from all religious traditions. Approximately 15 leaders of religious congregations throughout the community are currently involved in Winthrop's on-call team, ensuring that someone is available to provide spiritual care in the Hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    "The religious leaders in our community have been wonderful," said Rev. Hess. "They have shown great support and interest in our program and in the care of our patients."

    Participants in the Pastoral Care Program are looking forward to the addition of the special multi-faith chapel at Winthrop so that they can continue to provide spiritual care and guidance to the growing number of visitors to the Hospital. Plans are currently underway for a fall 2003 start to construction on the Chapel while the fundraising for the Chapel and ever-expanding program continues.

    For more information on supporting the spirit of the Chapel project and Winthrop's Pastoral Care and Education Program, contact the Office of Development at Winthrop at 516-663-3398.

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