COAL TOWNSHIP - Members of the Shamokin and Mount Carmel Ministeriums of Churches gathered Thursday at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital (G-SACH) to meet with the new senior director of spiritual care at Geisinger Health System, the Rev. Shannon Borchert.

Approximately 25 members were in attendance to hear Borchert describe his background, the mission of the division of spiritual care and the desire to work hand-in-hand with local ministers to support spiritual care and healing for the faithful requiring services at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

Borchert came to Geisinger Health System on Dec. 2, after having served as program coordinator for clinical pastoral education at Reading Hospital. He related a story from his early days in a small town in Kansas, and the challenge of serving a small community hospital. He found this experience very rewarding and it helped form the foundation for his dedication to hospital chaplaincy. Borchert's comments were followed by a question and answer session.

The group is planning to meet at least twice a year at G-SACH to share experiences, support and ideas on improving the delivery of spiritual care, both in the hospital and the local communities.