Pastoral Care


Believing that spiritual and emotional dimensions are vital to a holistic sense of a patient's health and healing, the goal of Pastoral Care is to take the initiative in comprehensive spiritual care of patients and families. Pastoral Care offers a consistent chaplain presence throughout the clinical areas of Watauga Medical Center. In addition to daily rounds and crisis intervention, trained clinical chaplains respond to requests from patients, families, and clinicians to provide support, bereavement care, spiritual assessments, religious rituals, and pastoral conversation consistent with the patient's faith tradition and current needs.

The pastoral care staff maintains excellent relationships with community clergy and coordinates with them to provide effective care for patients. Other activities include support groups, worship services, provision of inspiration, music and interfaith literature and staff education. The medical center chapel, located on the first floor by the cafeteria, is open 24 hours a day for individual prayer, meditation and personal devotion. Groups may schedule use of the chapel by contacting the Director of Pastoral Care, Melanie Childers at (828) 265-5510.

Office Hours:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

After Hours, call (828) 262-4100 and ask for the chaplain on-call to be paged.