Religious leaders celebrate ministry at Adirondack Health
SARANAC LAKE – An interfaith meeting of Adirondack regional clergy and pastoral care providers was held recently at Adirondack Medical Center. Sponsored by Adirondack Health and hosted by Pastoral Care Director Rev. Steve Kovacevich, the annual event promotes knowledge and builds greater awareness around service, support and healing. The gathering also offers pastors and pastoral care workers of different faiths and religious backgrounds an opportunity to share their experiences and to celebrate their ministry.
Dr. Adam J. Abodeely, a member of the Adirondack Health Medical Staff, was the guest speaker. Board Certified in General Surgery, fellowship trained in Colon and Rectal Surgery and an Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Dr. Abodeely discussed common digestive disorders, provided insight on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to identify life threatening symptoms.
Further discussion by the group revealed that people often look to their pastors or clergy members for spiritual support when confined to their home or facing a painful health condition, highlighting the need for outreach and community education.
Adirondack Health offers patients, nursing home residents and their families, access to chaplains and other clergy who provide spiritual support and assist with the challenges that arise from illness and hospitalization. These pastoral care providers are available for one-on-one counseling to help in a time of crisis or grief.
Thirty participants attended this year’s luncheon, and for the first time representing their respective churches were Deacon Harold Akey of Wilmington Baptist Church, John R. Yonkovig, Dean of Catholic Clergy and Elder Kaylen Miskin of the Church of Latter Day Saints of Lake Placid.
Local religious leaders gathered for an interfaith meeting hosted by Adirondack Health recently. The gathering also offers pastors and pastoral care workers of different faiths and religious backgrounds an opportunity to share their experiences and to celebrate their ministry.