LEXINGTON, N.C. – (Nov. 28, 2018) – Hospice of Davidson County, a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region, has welcomed Sara Smith to its chaplain team.
As a member of the chaplain team, Smith is responsible for providing spiritual and emotional support to patients and families by providing their care team with an expertise regarding the spirituality and the impact of religion, its meanings and rituals.
Smith graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Molecular Biology. During college, she worked at a Christian-based summer camp where Smith realized that ministry was her calling. The chaplain role was a perfect fit because she can connect her love for medicine and her calling to the ministry.
She continued her post-graduate education at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, graduating in 2015 with a Master of Divinity. Smith’s two-year Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency consisted of one year of general pastoral care and one year at Wake Forest Baptist Health focusing on pediatric medicine, where she primarily served in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) supporting families as they faced end-of-life experiences.
In November, Smith earned her chaplaincy board certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains. This five-year process included completing divinity school, a residency and passing board exams.
“I’m excited to be a member of the Hospice of Davidson County staff where I have the opportunity to meet with patients and families from a variety of faiths,” said Smith. “These experiences help me stretch my own spirituality to meet each patient’s needs and help them explore their life, impending death, spirituality and find meaning and comfort.
“Working with a smaller organization allows me the opportunity to really devote my time to serving our patients and their families,” she added.
Hospice of Davidson County cares for more than 140 patients every day in a variety of locations including private homes, long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Hinkle Hospice House.
For more information on Hospice of Davidson County visit hospiceofdavidson.org or call (336) 475-5444.
About Hospice of Davidson County
For more than 30 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region. Each day, the ACHC accredited agency provides comfort for more than 140 patients and their families, in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, the only inpatient hospice facility in Davidson County. Hospice of Davidson County is a Hospice Honors agency. For more information, please visit hospiceofdavidson.org or Facebook.