A Kind Voice During Tough Times

Norman Regional’s chaplains work as part of the healthcare team so both your spiritual and medical needs are addressed with the utmost respect for your dignity and privacy. When you are anxious, uncertain, grieving or dealing with any myriad of emotions and questions during your time here, it can help to speak with a chaplain. We are caring listeners who have been trained to provide support and guidance for patients, their loved ones and hospital staff. Anyone can request a chaplain’s visit. 

  • To request a routine visit, ask your nurse or call the Health System Pastoral Care office at 405-307-1023. 
  • After hours or for urgent requests, ask your nurse to page a chaplain through the Health System switchboard.
  • When ethical concerns arise in the patient’s care you can ask your chaplain or house supervisor for a consultation with the Health System’s Biomedical Ethics Committee.

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What to Expect from a Chaplain

  • Respects your religious and spiritual beliefs
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Listens well
  • Supports and provides information on support groups
  • Orchestrates religious services, sacraments and prayer
  • Provides information on medical ethics, advance directives, organ donation, life-support decisions and end-of-life care
  • Offers grief ministry in dealing with loss and death 

Our Chaplains

Susan Beam, MDiv

Manager, Pastoral Care Department, staff chaplain at Norman Regional Health System since 1998 

Ordained Southern Baptist minister and endorsed as a healthcare chaplain by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in psychology, the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

Clinical Pastoral Education: 9 units

  • Methodist Hospital, Arcadia, California
  • Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Mike Bumgarner, MDiv, BCC

Staff chaplain at Norman Regional Health System since July 2004, on-call chaplain at Norman Regional since 1986

Ordained in 1981 at First Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina; endorsed as a healthcare chaplain by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship; and board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in religion, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas
  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas 

Clinical Pastoral Education:

  • Baptist Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina 

Lin Stern, BSN, MDiv

Staff chaplain at Norman Regional Health System since February 2016, on-call chaplain at Norman Regional since 2015

Ordained by the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in nursing, University of Oklahoma School of Nursing, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Master of Divinity, Saint Paul School of Theology, United Methodist Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

Clinical Pastoral Education: 4 units

  • St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield, Missouri
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pastoral Care Volunteers

Specially trained volunteers, under the guidance of Norman Regional chaplains, visit and minister to hospital patients offering hope, encouragement, faith and love. Volunteers provide an initial contact and information about pastoral care services and offer prayer and spiritual assistance.