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Friday, November 22, 2013 7:54 PM

Hospital diagnoses need for on-call chaplain

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer

Karen Wood, clinic social worker, the Rev. Ron Jones, on-call chaplain program coordinator, and Rhonda Snyder, emergency room nurse, stand in one of the examining rooms at Anderson County Hospital Thursday morning in Garnett. The hospital recently launched an on-call chaplaincy program to administer to the spiritual needs of patients and their families. (Photo by Doug Carder/The Ottawa Herald)

GARNETT — The most important skill for a chaplain is to be a good listener in a time of crisis, Ron Jones said.

Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Garnett, has had plenty of opportunities to practice what he preaches as a chaplain in several hospital settings from Wichita to the Kansas City area for more than a decade.

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