Pastoral Services


Reverend Lisa Brown Cole, Director of Pastoral Care

Duke Regional Hospital provides 24/7 Chaplain support for patients, their loved ones and staff through the ministry of Reverend Lisa Brown Cole, Director of Pastoral Care, Reverend Linda Russell Young, Staff Chaplain, and an Adjunct Clergy Staff made up of volunteer community clergy who assist with evening and weekend needs.

The Chaplains work with all faiths by providing spiritual and emotional support to help patients and their families cope with their hospital experience using the patient’s or family member’s religious beliefs and values. The spiritual and emotional needs of our patients are an important part of the care offered at Duke Regional. Patients or loved ones may ask their nurse or doctor to contact a Chaplain, or they may call the Chaplain’s office directly at 919-470-5363.

Additionally, a Chapel Service is held every Tuesday at 1 pm in the Hospital’s Chapel, located near the main entrance. The Chapel is open at all times for prayer and reflection, and resources from a variety of faith traditions are available.

Advance Care Planning and Organ Donation

On Monday, April 14, 2014, Pastoral Services at Duke Regional Hospital will host an Advance Care Planning Table at the entrance of the Hospital’s Cafeteria for visitors and staff to learn about the importance of Advance Care planning, and making those important decisions about your health care before difficult decisions have to be made.

Advance Directives such as Living Wills and Health Care Power of Attorney forms will be available to complete if desired. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to register as an organ donor.

Take the time to consider these important decisions, discuss them with your loved ones and let us help you complete the documents. It will give you peace of mind that your decisions are known and will be honored.

Call the Chaplain’s office at 919470-5363 if you have questions.

Gained and Lost

BlogPhotoOn March 29, 2014, the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery invited patients to celebrate their life after surgery. The reunion offered patients and their loved ones the opportunity to share their success and celebrate the pounds they’ve lost.

Over 11,300 pounds were lost by reunion attendees. What is even more impressive is what patients gained since their surgery.

One patient wrote, “The most important thing I gained after weight loss surgery is freedom from hypertension medication and my sleep apnea machine.” Another said, “I’m able to play with my daughter.”

One woman wrote, “I gained a husband”, while another stated she got “a new wardrobe – twice!” Patients added that they gained confidence, better sleep, energy, self-esteem, independence, better health, courage and a future.

For some people, a healthy diet and rigorous exercise isn’t enough for dramatic weight loss. With several different surgical methods available, the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery may be the answer for those at risk for serious weight-related health issues. The Center’s six board-certified surgeons perform approximately 800 bariatric surgeries each year.

“The most important thing I gained after weight loss surgery is patience. This is a lifestyle change,” said one reunion attendee. Another patient added, “I believe in myself now. I deserve a good life.”

Click here to learn more about the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery.

Celebrating Our Volunteers


Volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them. They greet visitors and family members at our information desk, discharge patients, serve in the hospital gift shop, and so much more.

During National Healthcare Volunteer Week we recognize the important work our volunteers do each and every day. Last year our 145 volunteers donated 23,700 hours of their time to Duke Regional Hospital. We thank them for their selfless work and dedication to Duke Regional. Without them our hospital could not succeed.

Interested in joining our team as a volunteer? Visit to download the application and learn more about our program.