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The Chaplaincy Center

The Martha Lou Lawson Chaplaincy Center is named for a long-time member of the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees – Martha Lou Lawson. Mrs. Lawson believed the Chapel to be a natural extension of the care provided at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, serving those seeking compassionate and prayerful consolation.

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

Support 24/7

The Chapel welcomes visitors 24-hours a day, seven days a week, offering patients, their families and medical staff a place to pray, seek spiritual counsel, grieve and heal.

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

Chaplain Paul Gore

Chaplain Paul Gore, MDIV, BCC

The Chaplaincy Center is staffed by a board-certified chaplain and a team of volunteers who serve as on-call chaplains.

The on-call chaplains program consists of local clergy from throughout the Lawton community representing a variety of faith traditions.

As a valuable part of the hospital’s multi-disciplinary treatment regimen, chaplains are available around-the-clock and are committed to providing an interfaith ministry of compassion and support to all people.

The hospital chaplain is on-site Monday through Friday and may be reached by calling extension 3172. After hours, on-call chaplains are available upon request, 24-hours a day by dialing “0” and asking for the House Supervisor.

Services Offered

Services offered to patients:

  • Daily bedside visitation with patients
  • Sacraments, ordinances and blessings as requested by patients
  • Mobilize religious and spiritual resources to contribute to the healing process
  • On-going pastoral care and support

Services offered to the community:

  • Liaison for local clergy
  • Referral to and from agencies and clergy
  • Educational opportunities for local clergy and their congregations
  • Assistance with Advance Directives

Services offered to families:

  • Spiritual and emotional support during times of anxiety, long-term illness, trauma and death
  • Celebration and thanksgiving during times of good news, recovery and birth
  • Chapel services
  • Prayer Ministry (prayer requests placed in the Chapel prayer box are collected and prayers offered daily)

Services offered to hospital personnel:

  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Friendship and encouragement
  • Prayerful support
  • Care for the caregiver through support groups, educations, informal visitation and devotional opportunities

Grief Education and Support

Mourning and Meaning
Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Lawson Chaplaincy Center
Fall session begins September 10th

Mourning and Meaning is a weekly time of learning about your grief and, if you wish, sharing about your grief. If your loss feels like uncharted territory, you’re not alone. Grief can be a confusing and disquieting experience. It can also be lonely. Mourning and Meaning will help you understand the landscape of grief and will support you along the way. Come as often as you like until you’ve found your footing.

Clergy Luncheons

When Pastoral Care Involves the Risk for Suicide
August 16th @ 11:30am, Oakwood Conference Center
RSVP at paul.gore@ccmhhealth.com

17th Annual Clergy Appreciation Luncheon
Guest: Sculptor Rocky Hails of Oklahoma City
October 25th @ 11:30am, Oakwood Conference Center
RSVP at paul.gore@ccmhhealth.com

Ways to give back

The Foundation

If you would like to support the on-going work of the Martha Lou Lawson Chaplaincy Center, you can make a donation to the Chapel Fund by visiting ccmhhealth.com/waystogive or by calling 580.250.5989. 15% of all gifts to the CCMH Foundation will be designated to the General Endowment fund. Please make checks payable to the CCMH Foundation.

To Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with the Martha Lou Lawson Chaplaincy Center, contact Chaplain Paul Gore at 580.335.8699 ext. 3172.

Contact Us

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