Total healing: Chaplains help patients recover


Marilyn Williams, the new director of spiritual care at Franciscan St. Francis Health's Indianapolis location photographed Feb. 12 in the hospital's chapel. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Over the hospital intercom at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, a “code blue” announcement calls staff members to a patient emergency.

Doctors rush to the emergency room to repair the physical damage caused by a heart attack, a car accident or a sudden fall. Nurses join them to care for wounds, record vital signs and assist the physicians.

And, just as important in the health care hierarchy, chaplains rush to the scene. These trained professionals will focus on the families and loved ones of the patient, ensuring their questions are answered and their concerns managed during a scary and stressful time.

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