Chaplain/Pastoral Care

The Martha Lou Lawson Chaplaincy Center is staffed by a Board Certified Chaplain and a team of volunteer clergy who serve as on-call chaplains.  As an integral part of the hospital's multi-disciplinary approach to care, chaplains are available around the clock to address spiritual concerns such as faith, hope, despair, meaning, purpose, life, death, guilt, forgiveness, fear and doubt.  Spiritual care providers are equipped to help bring together the physical, emotional and spiritual components that are necessary for an individual to experience healing, health and hope.  Spiritual care services are available to patients, family members, hospital employees and medical staff members of all faiths and denominations.

The Martha Lour Lawson Chaplaincy Center operates under the philosophy that every person is unique and deserving of compassionate and respectful pastoral care.  From the guiding principle, it is our aim to provide spiritual support to all persons regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or faith affiliation.

Location

The staff chaplain is available on-site Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm and may be reached by calling extension 3172.  After hours and weekends, on-call clergy are available upon request by dialing 0 and asking for the House Supervisor.

The Chaplaincy Center is located on the first floor of the hospital in close proximity to surgery, ICU, CCU, and emergency department waiting areas.  The Center consists of an office, consultation room and the Community Chapel.

Services Offered

Services offered to patients:

  • Ministry of presence, empathetic listening, understanding and reflection
  • Sacraments, ordinances and blessings as requested by patients
  • Mobilize religious and spiritual resources to contribute to healing and effective coping
  • Assistance with Advanced Directives, End-of-Life planning and ethical decision making
  • Spiritual assessment and intervention

Services offered to the community:

  • Liaison between clergy, churches, patients and hospital
  • Referral to and from agencies and clergy
  • Educational and enrichment opportunities for local clergy and their congregations
  • Spiritual support for area clergy

Services offered to families:

  • Spiritual and emotional support during times of anxiety, long-term illness, trauma and death
  • Celebration and thanksgiving
  • Chapel services
  • Ministry of Prayer (prayer requests placed in the chapel prayer box are collected and prayers offered daily)
  • Assistance with End-of-Life issues, ethical decision making, and decedent affairs

Services offered to hospital personnel:

  • Spiritual care and counseling
  • Friendship, collegiality, and encouragement
  • Prayerful support
  • Crisis intervention/critical incident stress debriefing

Contact Us

Comanche County Memorial Hospital
3401 West Gore Boulevard
Lawton, Oklahoma  73505
580.355.8620 Extension 3172