Addressing Emotional, Spiritual, and Personal Concerns
Your healthcare team wants to assist you in meeting your emotional and spiritual needs during your stay. To that end, Southern Ocean Medical Center offers patients access to the Pastoral Care Program, a cooperative effort of the Hospital and professional religious representatives from southern Ocean County. The Program’s objective is to provide the resources necessary to identify and address the spiritual needs of patients and their families.
The Pastoral Care Department has a brochure that lists the faiths and local religious organizations that participate in the program. It is available to any patient or family member. Also, each nursing station has a list of local clergy to call in emergency situations. Generally, within 24 hours of admission, you will receive a brief visit from a clergy person from our community who donates time to the hospital. He or she will confirm your religious affiliation, if any. With your permission, he or she will notify your clergy person of your admission to the hospital.