The Chaplaincy Program at Franklin Memorial Hospital recently welcomed its newest volunteers, Christine Cox, of Wilton, and Sally Smith, of Jay, in a ceremony held Jan. 13 at the hospital chapel. They join eight other trained volunteers who visit with patients and family members weekly under the direction of hospital staff chaplains.

To qualify, both completed a 100-hour training program of instruction and supervised visiting, under the direction of Staff Chaplains the Rev. Douglas Allan Dunlap, the Rev. Tim Walmer and the Rev. Steve Bracy. The chaplaincy volunteer training includes studies on topics such as ethics, religious traditions, communications skills, prayer with patients, family support and supervised visiting.

Cox has been a physical therapist at Franklin Memorial Hospital for many years and is membership with the Episcopal Church in Wilton.

Smith as a former social worker and sales manager at Anthem Blue Cross in Colorado and is involved with the music program at the Wilton Congregational Church, where her husband David is pastor.

For more information on the program, call 779-2509.

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