The Department of Pastoral Services at McLeod Regional Medical Center cares for a wide range of spiritual needs, providing a sensitive and inclusive ministry in health crises ranging from problem pregnancies and births to end-of-life decisions and death.
Through clinical pastoral care, chaplains manifest the spiritual dimension of McLeod's mission and strengthen the relationship between the health system and religious communities at large.
McLeod chaplains, in partnership with the rest of the health care team, provide spiritual and religious care for patients, families, caregivers, visitors, and staff throughout the medical center. Our mission is to provide excellent spiritual, emotional, and ethical care to a diverse patient, family, and staff population at McLeod Regional Medical Center. From this core goal we derive the following services for patients, their families, caregivers, and staff:
- Pastoral care and counseling
- Spiritual assessment, intervention, comfort, and nurture
- Facilitation and support of religious practices of all faiths and spiritual paths
- Religious and spiritual health programming
- 24-hour on-call chaplain for emergent spiritual care
- Weekday spiritual care by chaplains assigned to each inpatient area
- Three chapels for meditation, prayer, and reflection
- Emotional support
- Non-judgmental listening
- Crisis intervention
- Advocacy for patients and staff
- Collaboration with all members of the health care team
- Consultations on end-of-life decisions, and ethical issues
- Continued development of relationships with community faith leaders and communities who offer spiritual and religious support.
Contacting a Chaplain
Chaplains are available throughout McLeod Regional Medical Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may request a chaplain through the operator (843) 777-2000, or through your nurse.
Some of the reasons you might ask for a chaplain:
- You feel hopeless.
- You would like someone to pray for you.
- You are grieving a loss or have recently heard bad news.
- You would like assistance with a life celebration.
- You would like some help in contacting your church or connecting with your religious community.
- You feel anxious or upset about what is happening.
- You would like support for a friend or family member.
The ministries of the Pastoral Services Department are not forced upon anyone but are offered and made available to all who request them.
Open 24 hours a day, the chapels are available to patients and visitors for meditation, prayer or quiet reflection.
- Lobby of the McLeod Tower
- Lobby of the McLeod Pavilion
- Near the elevators going to the Center for Intensive Care
Pastoral Services Office: 1st floor of the McLeod Tower
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone Number: (843) 777-2119
A chaplain can also be reached by calling the McLeod Switchboard (843) 777-2000.
Community Clergy & Congregational Relations
Community Clergy are a vital part of the spiritual and pastoral care of persons in the Pee Dee region. We encourage members of the clergy to continue their pastoral relationship with their members by visiting them when they are hospitalized. Patient information may be obtained at the information desk in either the McLeod Tower or the McLeod Pavilion.
- Privileges. Visiting clergy are welcome and encouraged to visit members of their own congregations when those members are hospitalized.
- Identification. A Visiting Clergy Photo ID Badge is issued by the McLeod Human Resources Department.
An application for a clergy identification badge can be obtained outside the chapel in the McLeod Tower lobby, or downloaded here.
Programs for Local Congregations & Communities of Faith
The Department of Pastoral Services is available to nourish ongoing relationships between the hospital and local faith communities, by offering programs on topics such as grief, conflict, and crisis. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you.