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An Angel Gets His Wings


(L-R) Paula Price, director of Health Promotion & Community, Susan Beam, manager of Pastoral Care, Chaplain Mike Bumgarner, and Kathey Drummond, vice president of Community & System Support Services.

Norman Regional Health Foundation recently recognized its first Guardian Angel! Chaplain Mike Bumgarner was recognized by a grateful family for providing spiritual care during the loss of their relative. Bumgarner, a trained clinical chaplain and ordained minister has worked full-time with Norman Regional for four years and has worked as an on-call chaplain for more than twenty years. Marilyn M. Geiger, CPA, executive director for NRH Foundation, gave Bumgarner his angel wings by presenting him with a certificate of recognition as the first Guardian Angel of Norman Regional.

The Pastoral Care department at Norman Regional has three full-time chaplains who work as part of the health care team, addressing the spiritual needs of patients, their families, and employees. In 2008, the department visited more than 13,000 patients. Susan Beam, pastoral care manager, comments, “Our chaplains give every patient the respect, honor and dignity they deserve regardless of spiritual or individual beliefs.” When asked about being honored as a Guardian Angel, Bumgarner quickly replied, “This will be a very popular program at Norman Regional.” The Guardian Angel program gives patients and their families an opportunity to make a meaningful gift to NRH Foundation to recognize healthcare providers who deliver extraordinary care at the Health System.

Norman Regional Health Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports the vision of the Health System through the trust and generosity of its donors. The Foundation enhances excellent health care right here at home, now and for the next generation.

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