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Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy Expresses Thanks to Donors, Invites Support for Annual Appeal

Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy Expresses Thanks to Donors, Invites Support for Annual Appeal

By the Rev. Canon James C. Ransom

The Rev. Canon James C. Ransom

A patient once said to me, “Soon after I was admitted at my local hospital, I found myself in a helicopter headed for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.” The patient, having lost his spouse several years before, was all alone. “I’m so glad you found me,” he said. Each year, as Chaplain, I make more than 600 visits on DHMC patients, far from their home church, family, and friends—and in need of sacramental comfort and a priestly presence. Since 1995, the Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has provided this level of spiritual care thanks to donors like you.

Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy is committed to making the loving, healing presence of Christ known to all at Dartmouth-Hitchcock who register as Episcopalian, regardless of their involvement in a local parish.

Whether it is praying with patients undergoing routine procedures, celebrating the birth of a child, administering Holy Communion, or gathering with family and friends to pray final good-byes, the Chaplaincy is committed to making the loving, healing presence of Christ known to all at Dartmouth-Hitchcock who register as Episcopalian, regardless of their involvement in a local parish.

The Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy is a partnership between the Dioceses of New Hampshire and Vermont. While this vital ministry is endorsed and supported by the Bishops, their sponsorship is not the same as financial support. Our approximately $20,000 annual budget relies solely on the generosity of parishes and individuals. So, please consider making a generous gift to the Chaplaincy by sending a check of any amount, payable to “Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy,” and mailed to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 9 Wheelock Street, Hanover, NH 03755.

If you have any additional questions, please email ransom.james.c@gmail.com. On behalf of the EHC Board, I thank you for your consideration and support.


About the Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy:
History, Mission, & Reach

“If you keep visiting me and praying with me, God helping us,  I think I can make it through this.”

– Words from a patient visited by EHC

The clergy of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover, New Hampshire, provided pastoral care to Episcopal patients at the former Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital for many years. And once it merged with Dartmouth Medical Center to form Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), the pastoral demands expanded beyond the capacity of the parish alone. Thus, in 1995, St. Thomas lay leaders created the Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy and incorporated it in New Hampshire as a stand-alone ministry under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our Mission is to “provide the services of an Episcopal Chaplain to hospitalized patients and their families, to provide the presence of the Episcopal Church in medical facilities, and to increase public awareness of the impact and usefulness of chaplaincy work.” We carry out our mission by providing an ordained Episcopal priest as chaplain to DHMC. The Episcopal chaplain cooperates with and augments the ministry of the Chaplaincy Services Department at DHMC.

The Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy is a partnership ministry of the Dioceses of New Hampshire and Vermont with board members from both Dioceses and support of their bishops. Over the years, our chaplains have included part-time clergy, retired clergy, and clergy enrolled in advanced Clinical Pastoral Education programs. The current Chaplain, the Rev. Canon James C. Ransom, is a retired priest with 47 years of ordained ministry experience. Chaplain Ransom visits patients on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays each week, devoting about eight hours a week to the ministry and making more than 600 patient visits each year.

In recent years, Episcopal patients have come from all over New England, as well as New York State, Tennessee, Canada, Bermuda, and elsewhere in the Anglican Communion.

Those seeking support from the Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy need only register as an Episcopal patient. Canon Ransom can also be reached by phone at 603-526-4869 or by email at ransom.james.c@gmail.com.

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