From its beginnings, HCM has affirmed the value of spirituality in Health Care, partnering with local faith leaders and providing a chapel for prayer and reflection in the hospital. The Hill Country Memorial Pastoral Care Department began as a partnership between the Hospital and the Gillespie County Ministerial Alliance in 2008, hiring a full-time Chaplain and creating a department responsible for the spiritual health of patients, families, and staff at HCM. Since then, the program has grown to include to include a team of on-call chaplains in addition to one full-time staff chaplain and a volunteer, as well as serve as a site for students completing their Clinical Pastoral Education. Local ministers continue to have privileges and make routine visits, and Eucharistic Ministers from St. Mary’s Catholic Church visit daily.
We believe that everyone has a spiritual experience, that the human spirit needs attention and support as well as the body when facing sickness, change, crisis, or death. Affirming the inherent worth, dignity, and experience of every person, our mission as chaplains is to facilitate opportunities for healing through providing a ministry of hope and presence, so that everyone gains the spiritual strength they need to travel through their time at the hospital.
Chaplains provide spiritual care to patients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hill Country Memorial has one full-time chaplain and a team of on-call chaplains and volunteers, ordained as ministers and trained in providing counseling and spiritual guidance to all peoples, faiths, and cultures, even those without a religion. Chaplains make visits as requested and round regularly to nursing units to be available to offer support. We provide compassion and open space for exploring a wide range of emotion and experience. We coordinate with the care team to ensure all patient needs are met. We encourage spiritual peace and strength through active listening, supportive dialogue, pastoral presence, sacramental support, grief and bereavement counseling, trauma and crisis assistance, spiritual/Biblical reading, discernment in transitions and decision-making, and prayer.
Chaplains coordinate with local ministers and spiritual leaders to ensure families have the help they need during their time at the hospital. We assist patients and families in decision-making in formulating advance care plans and completing advance directives and in leading the Hospital Bio-ethics Committee, consulting physicians and families when care decisions are complex.
We maintain normal office hours during the week and visit the nursing units on a regular basis.
How to Reach a Chaplain
If you would like a visit from a chaplain, or you want to request a visit from your own clergy-person, ask your nurse or call the Pastoral Care Department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at 830-990-6125 Monday through Friday.
An on-call chaplain is available 24/7 for support and emergencies and can be reached through the hospital operator.
The Pastoral Care Department is located on the second floor by the central elevator.
Supervisor email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Bowyer, Chaplain and Pastoral Care Supervisor
Bruce Brown, PRN Chaplain – Surgery
Roger Spencer, PRN Chaplain
Ken Moore, PRN Chaplain
Ken Houston, PRN Chaplain
Ron Sutton, PRN Chaplain
Please share your prayers in the book provided. Write a prayer for yourself or someone else.
Daily, a chaplain spends time in prayer for requests made.
See the chapel for Bibles and support materials or make our chaplains aware of your interest and they will assist you. There are more Bibles, spiritual books and resources in the library at the Chaplain’s office, which can be made available to you.