HARTSVILLE, SC (June 6, 2012) — On Friday, June 1st, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center held “An Introduction to Hospital Ministry” training for approximately 25 local pastors and laity leaders. The facilitator was Reverend Larry Pope, Health Management Associates Corporate Chaplain.
Topics discussed included understanding the difference between clergy and hospital chaplains, routine visits, the role of HIPAA (patient privacy) and the importance of infection control. A follow-up session will be held on July 13th.
Carolina Pines CEO Tim Browne said, “At Carolina Pines, we fully recognize and understand the importance of providing patients with all they need in order to achieve a complete recovery including spiritual services. We are honored to have the assistance of excellent, compassionate leaders from our religious community to serve in this capacity. We stand committed to serving the needs of our patients, families, visitors and employees by continuing to offer spiritual services whenever they are needed.”