New chaplain available for spiritual encouragement at tribal hospitals, clinics
As COVID-19 continues, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health recognizes the need to add services that care for the whole person — body, mind and spirit. The addition of chaplain Reverend Grover Wind in September provides additional support and guidance to patients and their families at MCN hospitals and clinics.
“The hospitals do a superb job of the physical healing,” Wind says. “Now, we will also be able to offer spiritual healing, a much-needed service in these trying times.”
Wind, a Muscogee citizen, grew up in the Okemah area and now lives in Morris. He has been a minister for nearly a decade, presiding over funerals and other ceremonies in which spiritual guidance is needed. He hopes to offer similar support to those seeking medical treatment, family members and MCNDH employees. Spirituality is very important in the Native community, he adds, and this new position will help fulfill that need. Wind will spend time at each of the tribe’s three hospitals and various clinics.
The job, he says, has set hours but he is prepared to offer his assistance as needed. “I’ll offer a lot of encouragement,” he says. “I’ll remind people that things will be okay and to look ahead.”
People interested in utilizing Wind’s services should notify their nurse or doctor.