The mission of UAB Hospital's Department of Pastoral Care is to serve the spiritual needs of patients and families who come to UAB hospital from throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeast. Because UAB is a regional hospital a large number of the patients and families who come to UAB are often isolated from their normal support systems. UAB Chaplains provide servant ministry at the crossroads---they are a vital source of support for patients and families during times of stress and crisis. Two new chaplains have joined the staff to serve UAB Highlands Hospital and Kirklin Clinic. The Department of Pastoral Care insures that a chaplain is available 24/7 in house to respond to emergency calls and referrals from medical staff. The Department also supports an educational mission through its Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. Currently the CPE program has in training six chaplain residents and five interns. In 1969 the United Methodist Church provided the initial leadership in establishing chaplain services at UAB Hospital when the NAL Conference partnered with UAB Hospital and made the Rev. Kenneth Bohannon (Highlands UMC associate) UAB's first chaplain. The department developed further under the leadership of the Rev. Bob Daffin (UMC elder,WFLA conference). In addition, United Methodist laypersons (many of them doctors at UAB) have been a base of support and advocacy for spiritual care at UAB and have served on the department's advisory board throughout the years. UAB Department of Pastoral Care is a designated Advance Special in the North Alabama Conference. Currently, Dr. Melvin Rodgers (elder, NAL conference) and Rev. Virginia Durbin Millet (elder-LA conference) are staff chaplains at UAB Hospital. The Rev. Malcolm Marler (former chaplain of the UAB 1917 Clinic and founder of the Care Team Network) became Director of the Pastoral Care Department at UAB in 2009.
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