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Floyd Memorial Foundation set to embark on Chapel Capital Campaign

Kickoff event today at Baptist Health Floyd

February 20, 2019
The Floyd Memorial Foundation has announced a Chapel Capital Campaign to raise funds to construct a chapel at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany.

Joe Glover
The Foundation will officially kick off the Chapel Capital Campaign in the main lobby at Baptist Health Floyd near the proposed site of the new chapel today (Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m. Renderings of the chapel, by LMH Architecture, and literature about the campaign will be available to the public, and cookies and refreshments will be offered to the first 150 visitors.

The Foundation is leading the way to fund-raise for the construction of a new chapel so hospital visitors, patients and employees may have access to a chapel in a feasible location, in close proximity to the main entrance of the hospital and available to them seven days a week, 24 hours a day when there is need for prayer and reflection.

The current chapel is not easily accessible, is outdated and offers limited space. With three chaplains now on staff at Baptist Health Floyd, a visibly dedicated space is warranted for meetings with family members or employees, conducting holiday and bereavement services, and providing a principal location with sufficient accommodations to support the department and individuals needing spiritual support.

Once funding is secured, a 900-square-foot chapel will be built off the main lobby of the hospital, in close proximity to the Emergency Department. It will be constructed in the area located outside the hospital where there currently is walkway space, to the left of the main entrance underneath the overhang. The doors leading into the chapel will be located under the stairway in the main lobby. LBM Construction Co. will oversee the construction.

Joe Glover, Indiana University Southeast athletic director and a member of the Floyd Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, is chairing the campaign. After two recent, unrelated experiences at the hospital, Glover realized the hospital needed a chapel that was easy to locate, could hold 30 to 40 people and provide individuals who have experienced a loss at the hospital a quiet place to pray or meet with a chaplain.

"I hadn't given much thought to the need for a chapel located in the main area of the hospital until I had an experience where a large number of us were praying in the Emergency Department waiting room for someone who was being treated for cardiac arrest," he said. "We were standing in a large circle, holding hands, praying amongst other hospital visitors. We can pray anywhere, but if there had been a private chapel close by for our group to pray, reflect and hold on to hope and privately meet with a chaplain, that would have been ideal."

Days after that experience, Glover was at the hospital again visiting that same patient. Someone approached him, asking where the chapel was. She had recently lost two family members and needed a private place to pray and grieve.

"I tried to help her find the chapel but didn't have any luck, so I stayed with her while she prayed," Glover explained. "If there had been a chapel off of the main lobby, similar to what we propose to build, that would have been so helpful in both situations.

"There are probably dozens of similar circumstances that happen weekly at the hospital where visitors, family members and employees could really use a welcoming chapel to find solace. The Foundation hopes to provide that space with the community's support."

The Foundation hopes to raise $600,000 over 12 months to ensure there will soon be a chapel at Baptist Health Floyd that visitors and employees can use when life circumstances are difficult, overwhelming and challenging and the need for prayer and fellowship arises.

Dan Eichenberger, M.D., president of Baptist Health Floyd, chaplain staff and Glover will be in attendance at the kick off to answer questions about the chapel.

For more information or to donate to the Chapel Capital Campaign, contact the Floyd Memorial Foundation or visit www.FloydFoundation.org.

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