FARMINGTON — The Chaplaincy Program at Franklin Memorial Hospital welcomed its newest volunteers, Christine Cox of Wilton and Sally Smith of Jay, in a ceremony held at the hospital chapel on Jan. 13.

The two join eight other trained volunteers who visit with patients and family members weekly under the direction of hospital staff chaplains.

To qualify, both completed a 100-hour training program of instruction and supervised visiting under the direction of the Revs. Douglas Allan Dunlap, Tim Walmer and Steve Bracy, all staff chaplains. The chaplaincy volunteer training includes studies on topics such as ethics, religious traditions, communications skills, prayer with patients, family support and supervised visiting.

Both new volunteers bring experience to the role.

Cox served as a Franklin Memorial Hospital physical therapist for many years, and Smith is a former social worker and sales manager at Anthem Blue Cross in Colorado.

Cox is a member of the Episcopal Church in Wilton, and Smith is involved with the music program at the Wilton Congregational Church where her husband, David, is pastor.

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