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Department for Spiritual Care and Wholeness

The Department for Spiritual Care and Wholeness seeks to serve as the lead voice for our patients, each other, and the community in providing the intentional care, respect, and advocacy for the body, mind, spirit, and soul. 


Spiritual CareIt is the mission and goal of the Department for Spiritual Care and Wholeness to participate in  Cone Health's effort to care for the whole person, recognizing the interrelatedness of body, mind and spirit in either sickness or health. Our objective is to assist the patient in mobilizing the resources of his person and spirituality to progress toward health and wholeness. This mission is also to function as an integral part of the healthcare team and the healthcare network, and by maintaining effective networking with the religious community. 

The mission is accomplished by:

  • Assuring the provision of quality pastoral care to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, families and staff utilizing the resources of the staff chaplains, adjunct chaplains and the community clergy as appropriate.
  • Promoting and coordinating a positive relationship of communication and networking between Cone Health and the religious community to assure an optimal level of support for the relationship between minister and/or the congregation and the hospitalized member and/or their family.
  • Promoting awareness and sensitivity among healthcare staff for the religious and spiritual needs and practices of patients and families.
  • Providing consultation and counseling to staff members within the limits of time availability and competence of the staff chaplains.

Service Areas

The department is comprised of four primary service areas, including:

  • General spiritual care and counseling services to patients in the four acute care hospitals and the Behavioral Health Hospital.
  • Advance Directive counseling to help patients make decisions about your medical care.
  • A Clinical Pastoral Education program which provides certified training for clergy and qualified laity.
  • A Congregational Nurse Program that supports nurses in selected congregational settings with a focus on health education, wellness and consultation.

Contact Us

Bob Hamilton, M.Div., BCC, Director of Department for Spiritual Care and Wholeness- 336-832-7950

Bruce Messinger, PhD., Assistant Director and CPE Program Coordinator, 336-832-3350

Ray Watlington, M. Div., Chaplain to Moses Cone Hospital - 336-832-7950

Matthew Stalnaker, M. Div.,  Chaplain to Wesley Long and Behavioral Health Hospital - 336-832-0393

Lisa Lundeen, M. Div., Chaplain to Wesley Long Hospital (336-832-0498) and Women’s Hospital (336-832-6882)

Katy Claussen, M.Div., Chaplain to Women’s Hospital - 336-832-6882

Alexis Smith, PhD, MA, M.Div., Chaplain to Cone Health Cancer Center - 336-832-0364

Patricia Wright, MA, Chaplain to Annie Penn Hospital - 336-951-4674

Lelia Moore, RN, Coordinator of Congregational Nurse Program - 336-832-5804

Assistant Coordinator of Congregational Nurse Program - 336-832-5803

Preregister for Care

Reduce the amount of paperwork you need to complete at the hospital* by preregistering online before your appointment. Preregister for care at:

*Preregistration is not currently available at Annie Penn Hospital or Behavioral Health Hospital.

Contact Us

Share questions, concerns or observations related to your experience with Cone Health.  Contact us online or call the Office of Patient Experience at 336-832-7090.

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