Cox Promoted to Director of Pastoral Care at DeKalb Medical
April 16, 2014
Dr. McClellon D. Cox was promoted to Director of Pastoral Care at DeKalb Medical. Dr. Cox, who holds a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, came to DeKalb Medical as associate chaplain in 1996. A board-certified chaplain, Dr. Cox also teaches the diversity module in general orientation, serves on the Critical Incident Team and facilitates the hospital's grief support group.
Dr. Cox earned master’s degrees from Candler, Johns Hopkins University and Penn State, and is a baccalaureate of Indiana University. For most of his tenure at DeKalb Medical, Dr. Cox served as pastor of the Mount Zion A.M.E. Church on La Vista Road in the Oak Grove community, having retired from that pulpit just last year.
He managed the Pastoral Care program under Betty Castellani, who served as director of both Pastoral Care and the Cancer Center, but with Castellani's passing, Dr. Cox assumes this well-deserved leadership role.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (77 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.