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Univ. Medical Center dedicates new Chapel

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Ive seen many patients in this room and they all survived, this is a good room, Bone laughed.

Ehtisham said one aspect of UMC that was missing when he arrived was a place for individuals to not only worship, but also to reflect, pray and seek spiritual guidance. He said a chapel had been promised in the past, but noted they have kept that promise with the dedication on Thursday.

This chapel will be a place of refuge, comfort and a place to worship God, Ehtisham said.

The chapels pulpit, kneeler, pews and other furniture was all donated by the UMC Volunteer Auxiliary, which also helped to donate money and manpower to making the chapel a reality.

Along with the chapel comes the hospitals new Chaplaincy Program, which will utilize volunteer chaplains from within the community to meet with patients, associates and their families during times of need.

I feel like UMC has become the holistic place it should be and it will be in the future, Ehtisham said.

During the prayer dedicating the chapel, Dr. Larry Locke with the UMC Chaplain Volunteers said the chapel was a reflection of the dedication of the hospitals management and leadership.

UMC is currently seeking volunteer chaplains for the Chaplaincy Program. For more information, contact Jeannie Farley, director of Volunteer Services & Community Relations, at 443-6066.

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