WATERTOWN, MA (January 24, 2012) The CatholicTV Network Launches in 1,260 Patient Rooms at Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest hospital in the Archdiocese of Boston, centrally located in Boston, Massachusetts' West End neighborhood, will now provide spiritual programming for patients from the CatholicTV Network.
At MGH, the availability for spiritual and religious needs is an important part of caring for the whole person. To respond to these needs, the hospital will now offer the services from CatholicTV. The Chaplaincy Department is committed to providing spiritual care to patients and families, to the staff and to the institution as a whole, and while Ministry is available to people of all faiths and to those of no religious affiliation, and those who choose will now have Catholic programming available to them 24 hour a days, 7 days a week.
"For many patients and families, a vital part of the healing process involves tending to their spiritual needs, and we are committed to offering the breadth of resources to support, nurture, and comfort all those who come here for care”, said Michael McElhinny, M.Div., Director of MGH Chaplaincy. “In that spirit, MGH is adding CatholicTV programming to its television package."
The Director of the Office of Health Care Ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston, Deacon James F. Greer, supports pastoral care to patients and their families within health care facilities. When asked about the new available programming at MGH, Deacon Greer expressed the importance of spiritual guidance as a form of healing. With the CatholicTV® Network available to 1,260 patients, the Gospel and Jesus' example of compassionate concern for the sick and vulnerable will be an option.
The CatholicTV Network is also carried by the Caritas Christi Hospitals in the Archdiocese of Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and the Faulkner Hospital.
About the CatholicTV Network:
Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.
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