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Chaplains

Department of Pastoral Services - 404.501.5148

Medical_Main_Chaplains McClellon D. Cox, D.Min. BCC - Director of Pastoral Care
Joyce Young, M.Div. BCC - Associate Chaplain
Townley B. McGiffert, Jr., M.Div BCC - Associate Chaplain
Bert Thurston, M.Div. - PRN

Within the context of the mission and vision of the DeKalb Regional Health System, the Department of Pastoral Care attends to the spiritual needs of those in need. As board certified professional chaplains, we attend to the spiritual needs of the patients, families, physicians and staff of our related facilities. It is our mission to nourish the soul of the hospital, assisting any endeavor that advances the wellbeing of our community. We do this through teaching, listening, praying and helping to identify the spiritual needs of those who need our services.

Service of Hope and Healing

Date: Second Tuesday of every month
Time: 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Place: Stubbs Auditorium, 2665 Professional Building

This ecumenical service is open to all who wish to participate in seeking God’s grace: patients, family members, physicians, employees, volunteers, building tenants and the DeKalb Medical community. Join us for music, prayer and spiritual inspiration.

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be dropped off in the prayer boxes located in the chapel areas in each of our hospital locations. The Pete & Jerri Pike Chapel is located on the 1st floor of the North Decatur location near the central admission and information desk. A prayer box is located in the chapel at Hillandale and in the meditation area at the Downtown Decatur Hospital.

Grief Groups

In response to many requests for a grief group, Pastoral Services is pleased to offer this service to families who have lost a loved one or suffered some other loss. The group will deal with different types and stages of grief, as well as the spiritual and practical issues involved. The group will be led by Dr. McClellon D. Cox. If you or any member of your family would like to attend, please call 404.501.5701 to inquire about our next group session.

Other Services

  • Upon request, chaplains will meet with employees and patients for individual sessions as may be required
  • Spiritual support of patients, families and staff
  • Diversity education
  • Staff development in areas of team building and conflict resolution
  • Crisis intervention/emergency calls. Critical Incident Stress Management interventions (CISM)
  • Community presentations (seminars, worship, etc.)
  • Distribution of Bibles and spiritual literature to patients
  • Facilitation of Support Groups
  • Liaison with community religious organizations
2701 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
404.501.1000
Patient Inquiries: 404.501.5200

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