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Volunteers Bring Prayer Comfort to Surgical Patients in US Adventist Hospital

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Prayer with patients is not a new concept in Seventh-day Adventist healthcare institutions. Hospital chaplains regularly pray with patients during their rounds. For surgery patients, however, particularly those having outpatient procedures, the window of opportunity is small, making it difficult for a chaplain to reach every patient before their scheduled procedure.

Trying to fill this gap, Adventist Medical Center Portland, a 302-bed Adventist healthcare institution in the State of Oregon, in northwest United States, decided to look for extra help.

"We wanted to expand our reach," said hospital chaplain Marshal George. "Our team recognized an opportunity to involve and train volunteers to better serve our patients."

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