Chairman of the Synodal Department for charity visited the psychiatric hospital № 1 named after N.. Alexeyev in Moscow

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Chairman of the Synodal Department for charity, the head of the Commission on hospital service of the Diocesan Council of Moscow, Orekhovo-Zuevsky Bishop Panteleimon met with the chief doctor of the psychiatric hospital № 1 named after N.. Alekseev George Kostiuk. At the meeting on 20 June were discussed the issues of cooperation between medical institutions and the Church, volunteers help in the city hospitals, the European experience of hospital chaplains, reports Diakoniai. The meeting was attended by the rector of the hospital Church in honour of icon Bozhiej of Mother “All grieving pleasure” Archpriest Alexander of the Clergy.

125th anniversary of the Moscow city psychiatric hospital. N.. Alekseev will be celebrated on 25 may 2019, said at the meeting the chief doctor of the medical institution George Kostiuk. “In addition, next year will mark 25 years since the consecration and the reopening of the hospital Church after a long period of neglect”, said George Kostiuk.

Today in the hospital Church in honor of icon of mother of God “Joy of All who sorrow” divine services are conducted regularly, in which can participate not only patients but also ordinary parishioners, the inhabitants of Moscow, said the rector of the Church Archpriest Alexander of the Clergy.

Hospital Church of the blessed virgin “Joy of All who sorrow”

Interesting Institute of hospital chaplains, which were developed in England since 1948, in particular, noted the Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon. “The government has taken up the maintenance of the hospital of priests of all religions, – said the Chairman of the Synodal Department for charity. – There are special two-year courses for the training of chaplains. In the hospital a priest is a member of the team, a member of the Board present at the meeting.This Institute is developed today, depending on the composition and the number of patients, medical institutions take the job of priest, and sometimes this is the only place of service.”

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“The chaplains themselves bypass the wards, chatting with patients. In England developed certain methods of assessing performance on the basis of which it was found that these patients recovered faster than the other, it is easier to fight the disease,” said Bishop Panteleimon. According to him, this experience is replicable in Russia. “Just as we have in the Church is the military and prison chaplains must be and hospital chaplains,” said the vicar of his Holiness Patriarch.

“Without a doubt, this is a known phenomenon, you only need to learn how to properly use and apply,” agreed the chief doctor of the hospital George Kostiuk.

Chapel of St. Nicholas in memory of the founder of the hospital Nikolay Alexandrovich Alexeyev was consecrated on 30 July 1996, the ever-memorable his Holiness Patriarch Alexy II

Bishop Panteleimon briefly spoke about the work of the Commission on hospital service of the Diocesan Council of Moscow, of which he is Chairman. The Commission was formed with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch Kirill in April 2018 for the organization of work of the Moscow diocese in hospitals.

Today in Moscow in the institutions of health of the Department of health has 29 churches and chapels, and 3 prayer rooms. In the Federal health institutions, located in Moscow, 37 churches and chapels, and prayer rooms 7.

Chairman of the Synodal Department for charity Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon is also a member of the Government Commission for the protection of public health, co-chair of the Joint Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of health of Russia, member of the Public Council of the Department of health of the city of Moscow, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the hospital of St. Alexis, Abbot of the temple of the Holy blessed Tsarevich Dimitry at the First City hospital of Moscow.

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