Chaplaincy Services (Spiritual Care) provides the opportunity for medical professionals to focus and concentrate on the “physical” side of healing. Studies have shown that Spiritual Care increases the rate of physical recovery; shortens hospital stays and has a positive effect on patient satisfaction as it applies to their in-hospital experience.
The Swift Current and Area Ministerial Association (SCAMA) entered into an agreement with the Cypress Health Region to provide Chaplaincy Services on a “volunteer” basis two years ago. The program has enjoyed tremendous success, recording 584 visits in 2013 plus an additional 230 notifications were forwarded to Churches and spiritual providers, advising them as to the status of their parishioners. At present, the Chaplain has been spending between 10 and 20 hours per week providing this service within the Cypress Regional Hospital.
While SCAMA is to be commended for their commitment to the program, they cannot be expected to continue providing this vital service on a “volunteer” basis and the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has agreed to support their efforts to gather funds to support the Chaplaincy Services Program as it grows and continues into the future.
For details on how you can support this very important healthcare initiative, please contact the Foundation Office at (306) 778-3314 or drop by 2051 Saskatchewan Drive (across from the hospital) and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have relative to The Chaplaincy Services Program or any other philanthropic opportunity.